Celebrate the Holidays with Us

Now through December 23, visit Scuba Claus and his merry friends and find our hidden Shark on the Shelf, Finzy. On the weekends and December 21-23, enjoy Snow Days with opportunities for cookie decorating, terrapin art and snowman games. Complete your wonderful winter visit with a viewing of The Polar Express 4-D Experience.

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The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Now playing- Take a journey on The Polar Express and experience the sights, sounds and smells of the North Pole without leaving the Lowcountry. Enjoy a favorite holiday tradition during a limited-time showing of The Polar Express 4-D Experience. Learn more.

Snow Days in December

During the first three weekends in December and including Dec. 21-23, experience the magic of the holiday sea-son through interactive “snow day” activities the entire family will enjoy.

Find Finzy, our shark on the shelf, daily to win a prize
Decorate a FREE snowman sugar cookie
View our resident terrapins painting holiday ornaments
Try your hand at snowman bowling
Throw snowballs at a giant snowman

SCUBA Claus is Coming to Town

November 27 – December 23 – Scuba Claus, our favorite jolly old fellow in a red suit and diving gear, will make special appearances on the following dates during the 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. dive shows on November 27, 28, 29 and December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23. When Scuba Claus is away, his special helpers will dive in the Great Ocean Tank during the weekdays starting Monday, Nov. 30 through Friday, Dec. 18.

The Gift of Membership

A membership to the South Carolina Aquarium is the gift of unlimited family fun for one full year. Members receive exclusive benefits, like free admission to the 4-D Theater, special discounts, a subscription to our membership magazine, tributaries, and other perks. Order your holiday gifts by Thursday, Dec. 17 to ensure they are received by Christmas. And, those purchasing gift memberships will receive a $10 Aquarium gift card.


Support the Aquarium and put a smile on someone’s face by adopting an animal this holiday season. Adoptive parents receive a special certificate, sticker, and exclusive offers – plus, proceeds support the care of the Aquarium’s animal collection. Order your holiday gifts by Thursday, Dec. 17 to ensure they are received by Christmas.

Gift Cards

Delight your family and friends with a South Carolina Aquarium gift card this holiday season. Purchase gift cards by calling (843) 577-FISH (3474), or visiting the Aquarium ticket window. Gift card balances may not be applied to online purchases. To use a gift card for your Aquarium purchase, simply call (843) 577-FISH (3474) or visit the Aquarium.

Donate in Honor of a Loved One

Make a donation to the South Carolina Aquarium this holiday season in honor or memory of someone special in your life. The Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. Gifts from donors and members help us continue to share our mission, care for our animals, and remain a community leader in conservation programs and efforts.

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