Vancouver Aquarium has transformed into a festive Sea of Lights (CONTEST)

Dec 20 2018, 4:41 am

The Vancouver Aquarium knows how to celebrate the festive season in sparkling marine fashion. This year, the Aquarium has launched a brand new interactive experience you need to check out — Sea of Lights.

The illuminating experience is running from now through January 6, so you’ve still got time to check it out. Explore Bubbles, by Tangible, see Scuba Claus, and take part in fun seasonal activities.

You’ll be surrounded by festive décor, bobbing bubbles, glimmering lights, and soothing sounds of the deep blue as you let your imagination take you on a wondrous ocean dive in the Underwater Dolphin Gallery.

Curious to know what Bubbles is all about? It’s the newest creation by award-winning Vancouver-based design firm Tangible — a company that creates public artworks and interactive light installations for audiences around the world. The installation is accompanied by a magnetic soundscape by Canadian-born composer Adam Lastiwka.

Sea of Lights/Vancouver Aquarium

We’re giving one lucky reader four passes to the Vancouver Aquarium to experience the Sea of Lights installation before it closes on January 6.

If you want to catch a glimpse of Scuba Claus, make sure to visit the Aquarium before December 24 — he’ll be diving with colourful cold-water creatures every day at 12:30.

During your visit, check out Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer which will be playing in the Aquarium’s 4-D theatre. Feel the cool wind pinch your cheeks as snow falls around you while Rudolph’s adventure comes alive with sights, sounds, and sensations.

Jelly snow globe/Vancouver Aquarium

Also at the Aquarium this season is the electric eel-powered Christmas tree which you’ll find in the Teck Connections Gallery. If you visit early in the morning, make sure to stay for the eel-electrifying program which takes place daily at 11:30 am.

Take Instagram photos beside the enchanting jelly snow globe in the Tropics Gallery, and marvel at the marine debris tree created by Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson — it’s made entirely from items collected from shorelines on the west coast of Vancouver Island.

Pro tip: The Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, so you can visit on Christmas Day or New Year’s Day if you like!


Enter for your chance to win four passes to the Vancouver Aquarium.


To enter for your chance to win four passes to the Vancouver Aquarium, do at least one of the following:

1. Follow Vancouver Aquarium on Instagram – @vanaqua and leave a comment below the following post tagging the three friends you’ll bring with you if you win. Remember to use the hashtag #dhcontest. (1 entry)


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2. Tweet the following on Twitter: (1 entry)

  • Win 4 passes for the Vancouver Aquarium @vanaqua this holiday season via @DailyHiveVan RT to enter! #dhcontest

Contest entries will be accepted from the time and date of publishing until 11:59 pm on December 27, 2018. One winner will be chosen at random and contacted through the platform they used to enter.

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Sea of Lights at the Vancouver Aquarium

When: Now through January 6
Time: Taking place during opening hours
Where: Vancouver Aquarium – 845 Avison Way
Price: $38 for adults | $21 for children – Tickets available online

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