The Georgia Aquarium is Atlanta’s most beloved attraction with animal encounters, Dolphin Tales, behind-the-scenes adventures and so much more.
Is there anything better?
Well…yes! It’s Georgia Aquarium Christmas events!
Christmas is such a special time at the Aquarium. They have thousands of lights, festive music and special events with Santa and SCUBA Claus — all of which make the holiday events here the perfect place to make lasting memories. Christmas at Georgia Aquarium is the festival of the season!
They’ve made some changes to their holiday line-up in 2021 (no Symphony of Snow or live entertainment,) but there’s still plenty of fun, holiday-themed activities to experience.
Let’s go walking in a winter WATERland!
HOLIDAY MUSIC IN THE ATRIUM
One step inside the Georgia Aquarium, and you’ll immediately be in the holiday spirit. The Atrium at the aquarium is all decked out for the holiday season!
Enjoy holiday music, winter-inspired projections, and a water fountain display too! And even though they’re not having an official tree lighting ceremony this year, they do have an amazing 30-foot tall live tree — perfect for pictures!
The holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit from their very own underwater Santa — SCUBA Claus! Come face-to-face with Santa as he dons his specially-designed Santa wetsuit and plunges into the world’s largest aquatic habitat, Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot.
He’ll talk live to guests on the dry side in the Ocean Voyager Theater around midday. Seeing SCUBA Claus is included with your aquarium ticket.
DATES Thursday through Sunday from 11/26-12/12, and then everyday from 12/16-12/24.
THE POLAR EXPRESS 4D EXPERIENCE
You are invited on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS™! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.
THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg.
(And it “snows” in the theater! My kids thought it was amazing.)
This expereince is included with general admission ticket, but Reservations are required upon arrival to Aquarium.
DATES: 11/19/21 through 12/9/21.
RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER 4D EXPERIENCE
See the beloved reindeer go down in history at the all-new Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4D Experience!
When young Rudolph is teased for his red nose and runs away from Christmastown, he sets off a series of adventures, meets new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way and escapes the clutches of the Abominable Snow Monster.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant, high definition 3-D experience. This experience is included with general admission ticket, but Reservations are required upon arrival to Aquarium.
DATES: 12/10/21 through 1/3/22.
VISIT WITH SANTA
Time for a visit and a photograph with Georgia Aquarium’s own seaside St. Nick! Santa is available for kids of all ages during scheduled dates and times in the Atrium.
He’s waiting to hear what all of Georgia Aquarium’s guests hope for this holiday.
DATES: Click HERE to see the 2021 schedule!
SIPS UNDER THE SEA: HOLIDAY
Looking for holiday fun with the adults in your group? Look no further than the Sips Under the Sea Holiday event at the Georgia Aquarium.
Exclusively for 21+ guests, you’ll get to explore the aquarium galleries in a more intimate adult setting.
In addition to experiencing the aquarium, they’ll have drinks (alcoholic/non-alcoholic) and food available for purchase, live DJ music and a festive dance floor for you to enjoy!
This special night will be sure to leave you smiling with holiday cheer!
DATE: Dec. 3, 2021
A MERRY MEMBER MORNING
For Georgia Aquarium MEMBERS ONLY, enjoy a light breakfast and pics with Saint Nick!
Santa is coming to Georgia Aquarium! Swim on by to have your photos taken with Santa by a professional photographer, and enjoy a light breakfast buffet. They may even have some animals and their keepers stopping by to say hello!
DATE: December 12, 2021 (Members Only)
HOLIDAY TODDLER TIME
NOTE: Holiday Toddler Time will not be taking place in 2021.
Get your little ones into the festive spirit with Toddler Time – Holiday. Georgia Aquarium will take your child on an educational adventure in the Oceans Ballroom. Here, they will have spectacular views of beluga whales, whale sharks, manta rays and more! These hour-and-a-half experiences each have a different theme, but all include a story and song time, craft and snack.
STAY NEAR THE AQUARIUM FOR A FUN HOLIDAY ADVENTURE
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