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See the Aquarium in a whole new light!

Select Evenings November 18–December 31
LED holiday lights fashioned in the shape of purple jellyfish with recycled plastic hang in the South Carolina Aquarium

Aquarium Aglow

The wonder of the season comes alive at Aquarium Aglow, elegant evenings of holiday celebration in the heart of downtown Charleston. Gather friends and loved ones to journey through the Aquarium, becoming immersed in waves of color from tens of thousands of lights. Installations, from warm and nostalgic to awe-inspiring and contemporary, transform the Aquarium you know and love. Combined with interactive displays and refreshments (food, wine and beer available for purchase), Aquarium Aglow is an experience sure to become a holiday tradition for many!

Buy Tickets to Aquarium Aglow

Aquarium members enjoy 20% off listed prices!

Sunday–Thursday

Adult (13+)

$26.95

Child (3–12)

$22.95

BUY TICKETS

Choose your entry time:
5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.,
7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Friday–Saturday

Adult (13+)

$29.95

Child (3–12)

$24.95

BUY TICKETS

Choose your entry time:
5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.,
7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Click here for a full list of Aquarium Aglow dates.

  • Friday, November 18
  • Sunday, November 20
  • Friday, November 25
  • Saturday, November 26
  • Sunday, November 27
  • Thursday, December 1
  • Friday, December 2
  • Saturday, December 3
  • Sunday, December 4
  • Thursday, December 8
  • Friday, December 9
  • Sunday, December 11
  • Thursday, December 15
  • Friday, December 16
  • Saturday, December 17
  • Sunday, December 18
  • Monday, December 19
  • Tuesday, December 20
  • Wednesday, December 21
  • Thursday, December 22
  • Friday, December 23
  • Monday, December 26
  • Tuesday, December 27
  • Wednesday, December 28
  • Thursday, December 29
  • Friday, December 30
  • New Year’s Eve—Saturday, December 31

Toddlers (0–2) attend Aquarium Aglow for free. Member pricing will apply automatically once signed in on the ticketing page. Tickets do not include refreshments or parking. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Strands of warm white LED lights hang cathedral style in the Great Hall at South Carolina Aquarium

Celebrate New Year’s Eve at Aquarium Aglow

New this year, you can be the first to ring in 2023 at Aquarium Aglow! Celebrate New Year’s Eve on December 31 from 5:30–9:30 p.m. at a family friendly evening filled with festive fun, lively music and a special ball drop before bedtime. In addition to the full Aquarium Aglow experience, this event will have a DJ spinning party music, face painting and more exciting surprises.

Buy Tickets for New Year’s Eve

Aquarium members enjoy 20% off listed prices!

Saturday, December 31

Adult (13+)

$32.95

Child (3–12)

$27.95

BUY TICKETS

Choose your entry time:
5:30 p.m., 6 p.m., 6:30 p.m.,
7 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 8 p.m.

Toddlers (0–2) attend Aquarium Aglow for free. Member pricing will apply automatically once signed in on the ticketing page. Tickets do not include refreshments or parking. Tickets are non-transferable and non-refundable.

Full Aquarium Aglow Information

Event Time: Please arrive at your scheduled entry time with your tickets on your phone or printed to expedite your access to Aquarium Aglow. This event runs 5:30–9:30 p.m., and no entry is permitted after 9 p.m.

Tickets: Member special pricing for tickets will apply automatically once signed in. No other discounts are available. 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.

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

Parking: The most convenient parking for access to the Aquarium is available at the city-operated Aquarium Garage, located at 24 Calhoun Street, paid by the half-hour upon exit. There is also limited metered parking available surrounding Liberty Square.

Accessibility: The South Carolina Aquarium is committed to providing engaging and full experiences for all. All public guest areas of the Aquarium are wheelchair-accessible. For more accessibility resources, including information on transportation to our building, wheelchair rental and more, please visit our Accessibility page.

Weather: Aquarium Aglow will take place rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather that results in temporary Aquarium closure, refunds will be issued for that date’s tickets.

Gift Shop: The Gift Shop will be open during Aquarium Aglow.

Safety Information: Aquarium Aglow utilizes bright and flashing lights — This experience may not be safe for those with photosensitive epilepsy. Some areas of the Aquarium may have low lighting during Aquarium Aglow, and outdoor exhibit flooring may be damp. Please use caution as you move throughout the exhibits. In the event a face mask policy is in place at the Aquarium during your event date, the policy will apply to all guests attending Aquarium Aglow.

Sensory Information: Aquarium Aglow is filled with lights and sounds, and it may be crowded. Those with sensory sensitivities may find parts of the experience overwhelming. For those who may need a break from the stimulation, we have designated Zucker Family Sea Turtle Recovery™ and the northeastern observation deck (accessible by the top of the escalator or through the kids’ play area) as quiet zones. A limited number of sensory bags, which include noise-canceling headphones, fidget tools and other resources, are available to check out at Admissions with a valid photo I.D.

Children: All ages are welcome at Aquarium Aglow. Children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

Photography: We encourage you to capture memories at Aquarium Aglow and share your experiences on social media (be sure to tag @southcarolinaaquarium); however, no flash photography is allowed. Commercial photography, videotaping or recording without prior consent from the Aquarium is prohibited.

Conduct: All guests are expected to follow the Aquarium’s official Code of Conduct. Please note, smoking is not allowed anywhere on Aquarium property nor in the surrounding area of Liberty Square (this includes vaping). The Aquarium reserves the right to ask guests to leave at any time with no refund should inappropriate or dangerous behavior, including excessive inebriation, be displayed.

For additional information, please call us at (843) 577-FISH (3474).

Thank you to our 2022 sponsors.

H. Del Schutte, Jr. MD CIAO Charleston Institute for Advanced Orthopedics
MUSC Children's Health Medical University of South Carolina
Team Build Trident Construction
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