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Special Summer Nights Event Dedicated to Holiday Celebration for Military Families

Mystic Aquarium Honors Military Families with Free Admission and Special Announcement

Mystic, Conn. (July 8, 2019): Now celebrated nationally, Christmas in July festivities started some 84 years ago at a girls’ camp in Brevard, NC. Mystic Aquarium is adopting this cheery midsummer celebration with a special presentation of their Summer Nights event taking place one week from today.

As part of their fourth annual Summer Nights series, Mystic Aquarium is dedicating their July 15 event in the summer-long series to military families by decking the halls (better yet, their Main Gallery) with holiday music, seasonal lights and more; providing each family with a fun-filled celebration before loved ones head out to sea.

“The Naval Submarine Base is just 15 minutes away, so we see a lot of military families throughout the year,” said Stevi Bramich, Mystic Aquarium’s Public Relations Coordinator and wife of a Navy veteran. “We also have volunteers and staff who are active-duty, veterans or military spouses who have had to rearrange their schedules and lives, often resulting in delaying special occasions and holidays – we recognize the importance of that family time together.”

While tickets to Summer Nights are $12 for children ages 3 – 13 and $20 for adults ages 14+, the special Christmas in July event will be free to U.S. military veterans, active-duty members and up to four of their dependent family members with military ID.

“We wanted to give all military families the opportunity to enjoy a Christmas celebration together all while exploring the Aquarium without the daytime summer crowds,” continued Bramich.

During the event, each guest will receive a raffle ticket for the chance to win one of many prizes. In addition to the Christmas-like ambiance in the Main Gallery, there will be a colorful Aurora borealis display to help set the scene for the Aquarium’s de-LIGHT-ful announcement of their holiday plans this winter.

“This December, you’ll see the Aquarium in a whole new light,” added Bramich.

Outside, summer will be in full-bloom as Christmas in July guests visit with beluga whales, seals, sea lions and African penguins and search for bullfrogs, turtles and Koi off the Marsh Trek boardwalk.

Summer Nights at Mystic Aquarium takes place every Monday through August. Tickets can be purchased in-person night of the event starting at 6pm. Select Aquarium experiences not open during Summer Nights. For complete details, visit

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