Celebrate the Holidays Under the Sea


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.

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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.

Beginning Friday, Nov. 27, explore the Aquarium to see if you can spot Finzy, our Shark on the Shelf. When you find him, you’ll receive a festive holiday prize!

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 Now Available!

Delight your family and friends with a South Carolina Aquarium gift card this holiday season. Gift cards may be used for:

  • Aquarium admission
  • Membership packages
  • Admission to the 4-D Theater
  • Sea Turtle Hospital tours
  • Aquarium Shop purchases
  • Sea Turtle Café purchases
  • Animal adoption packages
  • Donations to the South Carolina Aquarium

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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