See the Aquarium in a whole new light!

Open Select Evenings November 18, 2021 through January 2, 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!

CLICK HERE for Aquarium Aglow dates and times. A limited number of tickets are available each evening, and we anticipate multiple dates selling out. Buy your tickets early to get your preferred date!

Aquarium Aglow runs 5:30–9:30 p.m. on the below dates:

  • Thursday, November 18
  • Friday, November 19
  • Saturday, November 20
  • Sunday, November 21
  • Friday, November 26
  • Saturday, November 27
  • Sunday, November 28
  • Thursday, December 2
  • Friday, December 3
  • Sunday, December 5
  • Friday, December 10
  • Sunday, December 12
  • Thursday, December 16
  • Saturday, December 18
  • Monday, December 20
  • Tuesday, December 21
  • Wednesday, December 22
  • Thursday, December 23
  • Sunday, December 26
  • Monday, December 27
  • Tuesday, December 28
  • Wednesday, December 29
  • Thursday, December 30
  • Friday, December 31
  • Saturday, January 1
  • Sunday, January 2


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.

In the event a face mask policy is in place at the Aquarium during these dates, it will apply to all guests of Aquarium Aglow. We will update this page with our current policy closer to the start date.

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 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.

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.

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

Thank You to our Sponsors

Charles River Laboratories
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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