‘Tis the season for twinkling lights, gingerbread houses, and reruns of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. SCUBA Santa has spoken, and all of the Aquarium’s animal residents have made the “Nice” list! Well, the vote is still out on Nuka the Northern sea otter. Apparently he’s been a bit “shellfish” this year.
Join the Aquarium this December for our annual Sea of Lights. Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. SCUBA Santa will be busy diving the Aquarium exhibits, posing for photos with visitors, and noting family Christmas wishes.
This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on December 1 and 2 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Admission to the first Friday and Saturday of Sea of Lights is $2 plus two cans of nonperishable food. Entry is $10 per person without donation. Admission is free for Aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate. People may also donate pet food or new, unwrapped children’s toys for the Newport Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive in place of a food donation.
Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the Aquarium every following Friday and Saturday of December from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $10 or free with same day paid admission.
This year’s Sea of Lights is proudly presented by Walmart. Customers that spend over $100 at Walmart’s Newport, Oregon location beginning November 16 will receive a voucher for one free admission to Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. The offer is valid while supplies last and certain dates are subject to blackout. See store for details. Attendees using a voucher are encouraged, but not required, to make a food or toy donation.
The Aquarium is open every day, except December 25, this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit aquarium.org or call (541) 867-3474.
Information and photos by OCA