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Mystic Aquarium Announces Holiday Lights Event for Winter 2019

Mystic, Conn. (October 2, 2019): Tickets are now on sale for Mystic Aquarium’s first-ever evening holiday lights display. Illuminated by a re-creation of the aurora borealis, the new and unique holiday experience – Northern Lights – will take guests on a journey along the lighted pathways of the Aquarium’s outdoor habitats.

Northern Lights will have its grand opening on Saturday, December 7 and run Thursday to Saturday evenings from December 12, 2019 to January 4, 2020. Tickets are on sale for $15 per person, $12 per Mystic Aquarium member and are available online only. Children two and under are free.

A stunning spectacle of energy-efficient lights will be set to music as guests stroll along beautifully-decorated pathways throughout the outdoor Aquarium exhibits.  Hand-crafted lanterns help shine a whole new light on Arctic species.

“We are so excited for this event,” said Mystic Aquarium’s event organizer Ainslie Daly. “We, too, are counting down the days until we flip the switch.”

Thematic content will showcase Mystic Aquarium’s commitment to environmental conservation, renewable energy alternatives and endangered species protection.

“Guests are quite literally going to see Mystic Aquarium in a whole new light,” added Daly. “And, that is important to us as we seek to find new ways to engage the public with our mission to protect the ocean planet.”

In addition to colorful holiday lights, guests will enjoy seasonal treats, crafts and more. There will be special appearances by the Snow Sisters every Thursday, Father Christmas on Fridays and Petey the Penguin every  Saturday.  A Send a Wish upon a Star station will allow guests to write notes and well-wishes to the men and women serving overseas this holiday season.

Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Mystic Aquarium’s mission programs in conservation, education and research.

To learn more visit the event page on


Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums, offering exemplary care to a variety of species while also serving as the northeast’s premier marine mammal rescue and rehabilitation center. Robust conservation and education programming along with unparalleled visitor experiences serve to strengthen personal connections to the animals and their environments. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect the ocean planet through conservation, education and research, and introduces approximately 800,000 guests annually to thousands of animals through structured interpretations, specially-curated exhibits and hands-on interactions. As a leading research organization, Mystic Aquarium employs a full staff of scientists engaged in projects focused on the conservation and sustainability of our ocean planet.

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