Holiday Events

Holiday Events

Santa Claus Visits The Florida Aquarium 

Friday, November 27 | 11:00  A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, November 28 | 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, December 5 | 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, December 12 | 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

Saturday, December 19 | 11:00 A.M. – 7:00 P.M.

 

Santa is coming! Guests of all ages can share Holiday wishes and take safe and socially-distanced pictures with Santa Claus during this special Holiday adventure. This festive, unique photo opportunity will provide a wonderful Holiday keepsake as you capture Santa inside his “snow globe”. Bring your family and friends to celebrate the Holidays at The Florida Aquarium. Santa will be at the Aquarium for photos* starting the Friday after Thanksgiving.

*Professional pictures will be available for purchase.

 

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Ugly Sweaters Under the Sea Presented by Corona

December 4 | 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. 

December 18 | 7:00 P.M. - 10:00 P.M. 

Our halls are decked, and we are ready to start the Holiday fun. Dive deep into your closet to find your ugliest Holiday sweater (and matching mask!) and join us for this exclusive, socially distanced 21+ after-hours admission to The Florida Aquarium. Explore our galleries, grab some tasty eats from the special Holiday menu in Café Ray and enjoy drinks from Corona Cove or on the rooftop. Enjoy some festive holiday music with a custom beverage included with admission.

Ugly Sweaters Under the Sea is a limited capacity event to allow for safe social distancing. Face coverings are required both inside and outside but may be taken off while actively enjoying a cocktail or while eating food. You’ll have access to the Aquarium in a way that makes it feel like you’ve got the place to yourself!

 

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Upcycled Wreath Challenge: Conservation Connections

December 6 - January 3

The Aquarium’s inaugural Upcycled Wreath Challenge: Conservation Connections is a platform for youth to learn about critical environmental issues impacting our blue planet through a creative art format. All schools located in Hillsborough County are invited to participate.  Each upcycled wreath will focus on one of The Florida Aquarium’s Conservation Priorities and be made entirely of reused/repurposed items or materials. We invite guests to come and see the wreaths in the CIBC Aquatic Lounge in the Mosaic Center. 

 


Holiday Member Night 

December 11 | 5:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. 

Aquarium Members, get in the holiday spirit with The Florida Aquarium after-hours! Enjoy a stroll through the Aquarium (all exhibits remain open), visit with Santa Clause for a safe, socially-distanced photo op and enjoy tasty holiday food and drink specials from Café Ray. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop for all of your holiday shopping needs.  Aquarium Members receive free admission. This event is FREE for Aquarium members with a valid membership. Due to limited capacity, you must make an online reservation to secure your timed entry for the event.

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Holiday Member Night with Sunset Cruise 

December 11 | 4:30 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. 

Upgrade your Holiday Member Night experience by purchasing a ticket to join us on a 75-minute sunset cruise on our 72-foot catamaran – The Bay Spirit II. Drinks and snacks are available for purchase on-board. Members should arrive at 4:30 and prepare for a 4:45pm boarding time. Cruise will be back by 6:15pm giving you plenty of time to enjoy the Aquarium, visit with Santa Clause for a safe, socially-distanced photo op and enjoy tasty holiday food and drink specials from Café Ray. Don’t forget to visit the Gift Shop for all of your holiday shopping needs.

Due to limited capacity, you must make an online reservation to secure your timed entry for the event. Tickets are non-refundable. Masks are required at all times unless actively eating or drinking. 

 

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Holiday Lighted Boat Parade 

December 19 | 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

Rain Date: December 20 | 6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

Join us for this SEA of lights event. What better way to celebrate the holidays than joining us aboard our 72-foot Bay Spirit II catamaran for a festive celebration.  We will be playing the season’s favorite new and classic holiday songs while you sip on hot cocoa and enjoy a holiday treat. Witness the annual light show extravaganza with hundreds of brightly lit and decorated boats and yachts as they cruise along Tampa Bay while enjoying this popular family friendly Holiday event. Capacity is limited and include a 4:30pm timed admission to the Aquarium. Masks are required at all times unless actively eating or drinking. 

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