Make holiday memories at the South Carolina Aquarium! We invite you to enjoy the magic of the season with visits from Santa, pop-up animal programming, our brand new evening experience, Aquarium Aglow and much more. Plan your visit to the Aquarium today!
Santa Claus is coming to Charleston! Stop by the Aquarium on Santa Sundays to meet jolly old St. Nick himself and pose for a keepsake photo. Santa will be here in his sleigh, designed with social distancing in mind. Enjoy more Aquarium fun with our digital line… no need to stand and wait! Plus, this year, we’ll have complimentary coffee for the adults (while supplies last). Santa Sundays are sponsored by Charleston Coffee Roasters. You must have a general admission ticket or member reservation to visit the Aquarium to participate in Santa Sundays.
Santa visits will take place on the following dates leading up to the Christmas holiday from 10 a.m.–1:30 p.m.
12/5, 12/12, 12/19
Holiday Pop-Up Programming
We’re not the only ones celebrating the holiday season. Our animals are taking part in the festivities, too! Keep an eye out during your visit to see some of our animals enjoying new holiday decor in their environment, snacking on specially-made holiday fish pops or get the chance to meet a critter up-close on the floor!
Feed the RAYndeer
You’ve heard of treats for Santa’s reindeer but what about fishy snacks for Santa’s RAYndeer? Feed the cownose rays by hand and give them a tasty treat daily from 10:15 a.m. through 4 p.m. each day, while supplies last.
Purchase a ray feeding voucher for $5 at the admission gate or information desk during your next visit.
Festive Photo Stations
Venture through the Aquarium to find fun, festive photo stations, perfect for selfies and group pictures. Look out for the new photo-op on the terrace, and pose with our larger-than-life Lite Brite upstairs.
Snap a photo with friends and family, and be sure to tag @southcarolinaaquarium when you post. We can’t wait to see your photos!
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!
Gifts that Give Back
‘Tis the season to spread meaningful merriment to your friends and family! Support the South Carolina Aquarium with gifts that give back all year long. Your purchases help us continue our mission of educating the conservationists of tomorrow and caring for the sea turtles who need us most today. No matter their interest, there’s a gift option for everyone on your list!