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Northern Lights

Step inside Mystic Aquarium’s biggest and brightest holiday event yet...

Northern Lights transforms outdoor pathways into the land where aurora borealis shines while a sea of lights leads the way through a mesmerizing journey. Stunning light displays dance to music as magical scenes come to life with glowing Arctic animals. Your new holiday tradition starts here! 

Tickets Are Only $15!

Aquarium Members: Please login on the next page to receive your member discount. For assistance, contact our Membership Office at or call 860.572.5955 x233.

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An alfresco experience unlike any other, Northern Lights is sure to be a new family tradition, a truly romantic date night and your new holiday tradition. Pulling inspiration from the most spectacular natural light display there is – the aurora borealis – Northern Lights is sure to be just as magical and inspiring.

  • Countless photo opportunities with holiday lights and decor
  • Festive food and beverage stations throughout
  • Fireside chats with Aquarium trainers
  • Selfies with the Snow Sisters, Father Christmas and Petey the Penguin

Plus, stop by our Send a Wish Upon a Star station to write notes and wishes to the men and women serving overseas this holiday season.

Hotel Packages

Mystic Hilton

Package includes one night stay at Hilton Mystic, Admission Tickets to Northern Lights Exhibit only (up to 4 tickets per room), Northern Lights Luggage Tag, and Breakfast.

The Whaler's Inn

Enjoy your overnight stay in the heart of Downtown Mystic and two adult admission tickets to the Northern Lights (6-9pm).

Frequently Asked Questions

Mystic Aquarium will close at 5:00 p.m. and reopen for Northern Lights at 6:00 p.m.  The event will take place:

Grand Opening: Saturday, December 7

Runs Thursdays – Saturdays, December 12-14; 19-21; 26-28; January 2-4

Tickets for Northern Lights are currently available for purchase on this page.

Yes.  Tickets are only available online via our website at on this page.  There will be no gate ticket sales available and guess should expect to arrive during their scheduled time according to their ticket selection. 

Children 2 and under are free for Northern Lights.

If you have difficulty locating your online ticket pdf’s or loading our convenient app, please check your junk/spam folder.  You can also call in advance or upon arrival we can also use your order confirmation number to look up your tickets in our system.

Tickets for members are available and required for this event. Members must log in to their account in order to purchase member priced tickets. For assistance with your log in, email or call 860.572.5955 x233.

No, the EBT program is only available during our regular daytime Aquarium hours and cannot be used for special ticketed events such as this.

No, Northern Lights is a special event. Admission discounts do not apply.

To ensure the safety of our guests and staff, Mystic Aquarium may close due to inclement weather and Northern Lights for the affected date will be cancelled.  Tickets will be transferable to a future date of the guests choice, blackout dates may apply. 

You can always check the status of the event by checking our website at and looking for the red notification banner across the top of the home page, calling 860-572-5955 to hear our prerecorded message or checking our social media.

For those guests already holding an advance ticket for a night where the aquarium may need to close due to inclement weather, an email will be sent notifying affected ticket holders with further instructions.

If you are late to you ticket entry time, you will still be admitted entry upon your arrival if max capacity as deemed by CT State fire code has not been reached.  Tickets are only available for the same night they were purchased for, but if you need to change dates, please contact our admissions office at 860-572-5955 x222.

Please contact our admissions office at 860-572-5955 x222 and leave a voicemail with your order number, first and last name as well as a convenient phone number to reach you at.  Voicemails will be returned within 24 hours.

We expect the event to take about an hour and a half to complete including the walk through our outdoor pathways, visits and pictures with the characters, and to enjoy light refreshments and beverages available to purchase. Guests are welcome to walk the trail as many times as they would like.

Guests or members who have visited the Aquarium during the day will be permitted to stay on grounds until 5:00 p.m.  They would then need to leave campus and return with the correct date and time ticket for when Northern Lights opens for the evening.  Northern Lights tickets do not allow for access to the Aquarium during our usual daytime operating hours.

Parking is always free to Mystic Aquarium.  Should you find our parking lot is approaching capacity, please check the Olde Mistick Village parking lot to our west just across Clara Drive for additional spaces.

While outdoor habitats will be open during the evening as part of the Northern Lights festivities, please remember that animals need rest too! And, like “Twas the Night before Christmas” not a creature may be stirring!

Strollers will be permitted during the event. Please be aware that some of our outdoor paths have inclines, curves, narrow sections and dimmed lighting.

A limited number of manual wheelchairs are available to be checked out on a first come, first served basis (in exchange for a valid photo ID).  We do not have scooters or strollers available for rent.

Yes, the concessions located adjacent to the Penguin Café will be open.

Mystic Aquarium does not permit outside food to be brought into the facility.

Please dress appropriately for an outdoor stroll in the Connecticut winter.

Yes, the gift shop will be open for Northern Lights events in December only. It will NOT be open for the January dates.

For the health and safety of our animals, flashlights or laser pointers are not permitted.  Flash photography is permitted at most of our exhibits and you are welcome to take photos or video of the experience for non-commercial use. 

Northern Lights at Mystic Aquarium will take guests on a journey through a unique experience that will showcase the colors, sounds, and animals of the Arctic. This is a simulation only. A collection of multi-colored, professionally crafted and environmentally friendly lighting will be installed throughout the outdoor exhibits. This nighttime winter experience will allow guests to see the Aquarium and its outdoor animals in a different light and will create a new and memorable winter tradition to come back to each year with friends and family.

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