Diving Santa at Mystic Aquarium
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Experience Winter Waterland at Mystic Aquarium

Diving Santa at Mystic Aquarium
photo courtesy of Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut is hosting it’s annual Winter Waterland every weekend in December, and daily December 27-January 1.

Enjoy holiday decorations and events without the wind and cold in the climate-controlled indoor aquarium!

This year’s holiday décor reflects the native habitats of aquarium animals. The Arctic Coast, home to four beluga whales, glimmers with a cluster of trees covered in snowflakes, icicles and silver ornaments. The Pacific Northwest, home to sea lions and seals, features trees with pine cones, bird nests and berries, while trees at the Roger Tory Peterson Penguin Pavilion celebrate resident African penguins. Additional festive décor throughout the aquarium is inspired by Hanukah, Kwanzaa and Titanic – 12,450 Feet Below, the aquarium’s exhibit dedicated to the historic ship.

“Ho Ho Ho, Plus a Little H2O”

There’s so much to do!  Watch Santa and his elves dive among the fish, sit on Santa’s lap (not underwater, of course), enjoy live music by local artists, watch The Polar Express 4D Experience, go on a scavenger hunt, and make some holiday crafts.  Your entire family will have a jolly time!

What you need to know before you go:


Winter Waterland at Mystic Aquarium


Saturdays and Sundays in December (Dec. 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23) and Thursday, Dec. 27 – Tuesday, Jan. 1

Winter Waterland activities and entertainment take place from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Mystic Aquarium
55 Coogan Blvd.
Mystic, CT 06355


Winter Waterland activities and entertainment are included with admission. General admission prices are adults $29, seniors (age 60+) $26, children (age 3-17) $21 and children 2 and under are free

The Polar Express 4-D Experience is included with Mystic Aquarium membership and the value ticket option, or tickets can be purchased inside the aquarium for $6 each


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