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5 Reasons to Visit the Vancouver Aquarium this Holiday Season

The Vancouver Aquarium is one of my favourite spots in the city. This world-class facility houses several exhibits and focuses on the conservation of marine life. So why should you visit the Vancouver Aquarium this Christmas? Here are 5 reasons:

1. Sleepover at the Aquarium

Photo Credit: Vancouver Aquarium

On Saturday, December 30, the Aquarium is hosting a family sleepover to offer adults and kids alike a nice break from the holiday craziness. Families are able to book a night to spend in the galleries before heading to bed in Underwater Steller’s Bay.  It’s a small, intimate group and a great way to experience the Aquarium with no other guests around.

Pre-registration for all programs is necessary, and can be made up to two days before the program date, pending availability. To register for a program, please call 604-659-3552 Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or send an e-mail to programs@ocean.org. Click here for more information.

2. A Visit with Scuba Claus

The holidays aren’t complete without a visit with Scuba Claus. Watch the jolly old man in the red suit (and black flippers) swim with the fish in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. Scuba Claus dives daily from November 24 to December 24. Click here for the full schedule.

Photo Credit: Vancouver Aquarium

3. Rudolf the Red-Nose Reindeer in 4D 

This magical 4-D experience means you will not only watch Rudolph on his epic adventure, you will feel it. You’ll feel the snow against your face and a rumble in your chair as the Abominable Snow Monster appears. Just a word of caution: The show can be a tad scary for very little kids, so beware.

4. Jelly Snow Globe Photo Ops

New this year, The Vancouver Aquarium has transformed their jellyfish exhibit into an awe-inspiring snow globe. With a light display this spectacular, even Santa’s elves would be jelly.

5. The Eel-lectric Light Show

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The most “shocking” holiday display at the Aquarium is their electric eels lighting up a Christmas tree using only the electricity in their bodies. It’s fascinating fun for kids of all ages.

For more holiday events and exhibit at the Vancouver Aquarium, check out their website or follow them on Twitter @VanAqua

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