See the Aquarium in a whole new light!

Aquarium Aglow is closed for the 2021 season. We will be back for 2022!

New for 2021, Aquarium Aglow is a one-of-a-kind holiday experience in downtown Charleston! This immersive holiday light spectacular brings forth the joy and magic of the season with tens of thousands of lights displayed throughout the Aquarium, from elegant and innovative to festive and nostalgic. Enjoy an unforgettable evening at the Aquarium with friends and loved ones, complete with food, beverages and live entertainment!


Adult Tickets (13+)

$24.95General Admission

Child Tickets (3-12)

$19.95General Admission

Member Adult Tickets (13+)

$19.95Member Special Price

Member Child Tickets (3-12)

$15.95Member Special Price

Toddlers (0-2) receive free admission. Aquarium Aglow runs 5:30–9:30 p.m. Entry valid only for the date listed on your ticket. Tickets do not include food, drink or parking.


Full Aquarium Aglow Information

Aquarium Aglow runs 5:30–9:30 p.m. No entry after 9 p.m.

Please note, ticket prices will increase for day-of purchases. General admission and member adult tickets will increase by $5 each, and general admission and member child tickets will increase by $4 each if you purchase tickets for a same-day Aquarium Aglow event.

Food and beverages will be available for purchase, including a selection of wine and beer. Guests 21 and over with a valid I.D. may purchase alcoholic beverages. Please drink responsibly.

Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable. The South Carolina Aquarium is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and proceeds help fund our mission. Unused tickets may be considered a donation. Only tickets purchased through the South Carolina Aquarium or scaquarium.org will be honored. Do not resell tickets or purchase tickets from a third party.

Aquarium Aglow will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather that causes the Aquarium to close, refunds will be issued for that date’s tickets.

The Gift Shop will be open during Aquarium Aglow.

Aquarium Aglow utilizes bright and flashing lights. This experience may not be safe for those with photosensitive epilepsy.

Aquarium Aglow is filled with lights and sounds, and it may be crowded. Those with sensory sensitivities may find parts of the experience overwhelming. We have designated the Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ theater as a quiet zone for those who may need a break from the lights and sounds.

Some areas of the Aquarium may have low lighting during Aquarium Aglow. Please use caution as you move throughout the exhibits.

Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No flash photography is allowed.

Please be aware that refreshments at Aquarium Aglow may contain or come in contact with common allergens such as dairy, eggs, soy, wheat, peanuts, tree nuts and others.

South Carolina Aquarium reserves the right to refuse admission or ask guests to leave at any time.

Thank You to our 2021 Sponsors

Charles River Laboratories
Charleston Coffee Roasters
Live 5 WCSC
MUSC Children's Health
Other Brother Entertainment
Rheos Nautical Eyewear
Spike by Snyder
Snyder Event Rentals
TD Bank
Trident Construction
Wild Dunes
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