Celebrate the holidays at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach during their month-long Aquarium Holidays celebration from December 2 through 24!
Aquarium Holidays features special holiday décor, a display of gingerbread houses, daily Penguin Walks at 10 a.m., shopping, snowfall in the Great Hall, daily screenings of the original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas, a special holiday menu in Café Scuba, and daily appearances by Santa Diver and the Aquarium characters in their holiday outfits.
On weekends the Aquarium will have a snow play area, children’s crafts, and photo opportunities with Santa. Hanukkah storytelling with opportunities to play dreidel will be presented on December 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, and 17.
Aquarium of the Pacific Holiday Schedule
SPARK OF LOVE TOY DRIVE
A toy drive runs daily December 2 through 24 and supports the Long Beach Fire Department Spark of Love Toy Drive. Aquarium guests who donate a new, unwrapped toy – at a $15 value or more – will receive a coupon valid for $10 off adult/$3 off child, up to 4 total admissions.
SNOW PLAY AREA
Play in real snow! Just get a hand stamp at the exit in order to re-enter the Aquarium. Weekends 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Plaza in Front of the Aquarium (weather dependent)
See Santa dive with the fishes. Weekends: 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. Weekdays: 1:30 p.m.
VISIT WITH SANTA
In between his dive shows, Santa will appear in his traditional attire for photo opportunities. Weekends December 20-23 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. December 24 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
HANUKKAH STORYTELLING AND DREIDEL ACTIVITY
December 2-3 at 4:00 p.m. Weekends December 9-24 at 12:30 p.m. Marine Life Theater
MEET AN AQUARIUM HOLIDAY CHARACTER
Take photos with our ray, polar bear, penguin, and otter costume characters in their holiday attire. 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
Watch as “snow” falls in the Great Hall. 10:45 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 1:45 p.m., 2:45 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m.
FREE HOLIDAY FILM
Original cartoon Dr. Seuss’ How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Weekends 11:00 a.m., 2:40 p.m. (except December 2-3), 4:30 p.m. Weekdays 11:00 a.m., 2:40 p.m., Ocean Theater.
10:00 a.m. 2nd Floor Northern Pacific Gallery, in front of BP Sea Otter Habitat.
Weekends 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
GINGERBREAD HOUSE DISPLAY
See a special ocean-themed gingerbread house display created by Aquarium staff.
Aquarium of the Pacific Discount Coupon
With this coupon, receive one free child admission with every paid adult admission to attend Aquarium Holidays. That’s a total savings of $17.95!
Aquarium of the Pacific is located at 100 Aquarium Way, Long Beach, California 90802.
Happy Field Tripping!
Photo credit: Courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific.