‘Tis the season for a safe, memorable day out with the family exploring life underwater. Christmas Underwater is returning to Adventure Aquarium now through Thursday, December 24

This holiday season, families can continue the tradition of visiting Scuba Santa as he dives in Adventure Aquarium’s Ocean Realm exhibit next to Anchor, the Great Hammerhead Shark and newly elected Adventure Aquarium Resident President, sea turtles, stingrays and other fishy friends.

New this year, while Scuba Santa is taking breaks from diving, guests can visit him for photos from his Magic Snow Globe. Photos with Scuba Santa will be available on weekends and daily starting December 11.

Aquarium elves have spent days decking out the aquarium with holiday décor, including the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree in the Shark Realm exhibit. The 18-foot tall tree takes 15 to 20 people 12 hours to install the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree featuring 400 custom-sculpted corals.   

“Every day we aim to delight our guests with these magnificent creatures,” said Molly Deese, Adventure Aquarium’s Executive Director and Vice President. “We’re thrilled to safely offer Christmas Underwater at Adventure Aquarium again this year, bringing holiday cheer to guests who’ve made seeing Scuba Santa and the World’s Tallest Underwater Christmas Tree an annual tradition.” 

Advanced timed reservations, touchless temperature checks, mask requirements and social distance markers will allow guests to safely view and meet Scuba Santa during Adventure Aquarium’s 12th Christmas Underwater.

“We are embracing some new COVID-friendly traditions this year,” Deese said. “To ensure the safety of our guests, staff and animals, Scuba Santa will greet our guests either from behind the glass of our 760,000-gallon Ocean Realm exhibit, or from inside a protected snow globe where guests can have their photos taken with Scuba Santa from outside the globe.”  

Adventure Aquarium is offering Christmas Underwater ticket packages redeemable December 11 through December 25. Guests can pay $49.99 for a general admission ticket, a photo with Santa and a Christmas Underwater Snow Globe, a $24 savings. Adventure Aquarium members pay $22 for a photo with Santa and Christmas Underwater Snow Globe. For more details, please visit: Adventure Aquarium’s Christmas Underwater page. Christmas Underwater is included with daily tickets and memberships. 

ABOUT ADVENTURE AQUARIUM: Adventure Aquarium is just minutes from Center City Philadelphia on the Camden Waterfront and features one-of-a-kind exhibits with more than 15,000 aquatic species throughout two million gallons of water. The Aquarium is home to the largest collection of sharks in the Northeast, the only aquarium in the world to exhibit hippos, and exhibits the longest Shark Bridge in the world, a unique V-shaped rope suspension bridge just inches over Shark Realm. In 2020, Adventure Aquarium was ranked among the top 10 best aquariums in North America by USA Today 10Best Readers’ Choice Awards and a TripAdvisor 2020 Travelers’ Choice Winner. Adventure Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA), and is held to the absolute highest standards in animal care and exhibition. For more information, visit AdventureAquarium.com.


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