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Mystic Aquarium’s Winter Waterland holiday celebration returns Saturdays and Sundays in December and Thursday, Dec. 27 – Tuesday, Jan. 1 with festive entertainment for all to enjoy. This month-long series of events features visits from Santa, elves diving among fish, live music by local artists, seasonal crafts and scavenger hunts, all against a backdrop of fascinating marine animals and holiday décor.
This year’s holiday décor reflects the native habitats of aquarium animals. The Arctic Coast, home to four beluga whales, glimmers with a cluster of trees covered in snowflakes, icicles and silver ornaments. The Pacific Northwest, home to sea lions and seals, features trees with pine cones, bird nests and berries, while trees at the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion celebrate resident African penguins. Additional festive décor throughout the aquarium is inspired by Hanukah, Kwanzaa and Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below, the aquarium’s exhibit dedicated to the historic ship.
Guests can also enjoy The Polar Express 4-D Experience, a holiday favorite brought to life with the visual drama of a 3-D film and a variety of sensory effects, including wind, snow and scents.
Winter Waterland activities and entertainment take place Saturdays and Sundays in December (1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23) and December 27 - January 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. and are included with aquarium admission. The Polar Express 4-D Experience is included with Mystic Aquarium membership and the value ticket option, or tickets can be purchased inside the aquarium for $6 each.
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