It’s almost Christmas and we’re busy embracing the holiday magic all around us. The decorations are up, our festive playlist is on repeat, and gingerbread cookies are becoming a daily treat.
The city really comes alive at this time of the year, but the best holiday events are always a little off the beaten path. This season, it’s all happening at the Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative.
From now through January 5, 2020, there’s something for all ages to enjoy. Bonus: if you feel like showing up in your ugly Christmas sweater or wearing a Santa hat, that’s totally ok.
Meet Scuba Claus
We all know it’s the busiest time of the year for Santa, but he’s still making time to visit the Vancouver Aquarium to spread festive cheer. That’s right, Scuba Claus is in town, and you can catch him doing daily dives at 12:30 pm and 2:30 pm with the fish (wearing his red suit and flippers) until December 24.
Since it’s the season to (hashtag) make memories, why not pose for a snap with Scuba Claus? You can do so between 10 am and 3:30 pm on Saturday, December 14, Sunday, December 15, and from December 20 through 24. It’s probably going to be the best $23 you spend this season, with proceeds going to Ocean Wise conservation efforts.
Light up your holiday spirit
You could take a festive selfie anywhere in the city, but there’s only one place where you’ll have more than 60,000 creatures and holiday décor around you. Check out the electric eel-powered Christmas tree, and see feedings taking place at 11:30 am daily. It’s all glow at the Aquarium!
Celebrate the season, warts and all
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Bring the kids along to explore the tot-friendly kelp maze and take photos in front of the mesmerizing jelly snow globe. Then, get a hot chocolate and feel transported to the North Pole as you watch Polar Express 4D Experience in the Aquarium’s 4-D theatre.
Visiting with your significant other? If you’re looking to have the ultimate couple goals moment, sneak a kiss or two in under the ‘mistle-toad.’ You just have to find it first.
Check out the marine debris tree
The Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is highlighting a powerful message when it comes to adopting sustainable habits over the holidays. Designed by Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson, the marine debris tree is decked with items collected during shore cleanups on the west coast of Vancouver Island.
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Since the Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, you can even visit on December 25th — before or after you open your presents. For more information and to get your tickets, visit the Vancouver Aquarium now.
When: November 21, 2019 to January 5, 2020
Time: 10 am to 5 pm
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way, Stanley Park
Price: Adults: $38| Senior/Student: $30 | Child (4-12): $21 | Child (0-4): $0 – Tickets available online