Virginia Aquarium announces new holiday events

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The Virginia Aquarium has a number of new events planned for the holidays, including Scuba Santa, who will be swimming along sharks and rays.

The Virginia Aquarium has a number of new events planned for the holidays, including Scuba Santa, who will be swimming along sharks and rays. (Photo courtesy of Virginia Aquarium)

The Virginia Aquarium has announced several events to usher in the holidays. Many of the events will begin this weekend and continue through the month of December.

Sailing with Santa
December 17, 10:30 a.m. and 12 p.m.
Enjoy snacks and fun activities while cruising down Owl Creek with Santa and his helpers.

Whales & Wildlife
Begins December 26
Take a trip to the open ocean to search for whales, seabirds, dolphins, seals and more. On-board experts will explain how these creatures bring the ocean to life.

Scuba Santa
Saturdays and Sundays through December 24, 11 a.m.
You’ll be wowed by Santa’s diving skills the Red Sea Tunnel. Come watch him swim alongside sharks and rays in his big red coat.

Sundays with Santa
November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 12-3 p.m.
Santa and his elves invite you to take part in some fun and festive activities at the Marsh Pavilion.

Countdown to 2017
December 31, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Celebrate the coming New Year with contests, games, and treats at the Marsh Pavilion.

Treehouses
Open through January 1, 2017
Hang out and learn about tree-dwelling critters. You’ll use stereoscopic viewfinders, tracking clues, natural artifacts, and sound to get a full look at these above-ground ecosystems.

Polar Express 3D
December 17, 18, & 23, 4:30 p.m., December 24, 2:30 p.m.
A Christmas classic, Polar Express details a young boy’s adventure to the North Pole on the Polar Express.

Big Screen Saturdays
Saturdays at 7:50 p.m.
The largest screen in Virginia will be playing a holiday movie each Saturday.
November 26: National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation
December 3: Elf
December 10: The Wizard of Oz 3D
December 17: It’s a Wonderful Life

The Giving Tree
Help the Virginia Aquarium deliver holiday treats to its amazing creatures. Check out the aquarium’s Amazon wish list at www.VirginiaAquarium.com/contribute/amazon-wish-list

For more information visit VirginiaAquarium.com.

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Virginia Aquarium announces new holiday events