Santa returns to dive at the Seattle Aquarium!

Please Note: The below press announcement was for our 2019 Diving Santa events. To protect the health of our visitors, staff and volunteers, the Diving Santa events at the Aquarium won’t be offered for 2020. 

We hope you’ll still visit the Aquarium as part of your own holiday adventures. Our gift shop is filled with options for your holiday shopping needs and our café, open Thursday–Sunday, is the perfect spot to refuel with hot cocoa and a cookie. Reserve your timed ticket online to get the spot that works best for you! 

While we’ll miss hosting these seasonal celebrations, we look forward to bringing them back in 2021. In the meantime, visiting the Aquarium while we’re at reduced capacity will make your explorations feel like a VIP experience!  

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Fridays–Mondays, November 29–December 23, 2019

Fridays & Mondays at noon; Saturdays & Sundays at noon and 3pm

Added day! Tuesday, December 24 at noon

Saturday, December 7 there will be American Sign Language interpretation during Santa’s Storytimes and Dives


Come to the Aquarium and get in the spirit for the winter holidays! See Santa diving in the 120,000-gallon Window on Washington Waters exhibit. Bring your camera, take your picture with Diving Santa and stay perfectly dry! Or have your photo taken by our professional photographer so the whole family can be in the picture. Treat yourself to a seasonal beverage in our café. Enjoy special holiday concerts featuring local Puget Sound groups on Saturdays and Sundays at 1pm.

November 30-Caspar Babypants

December 1-Onomatopoeia

December 7-Mikey the Rad Scientist

December 8-Highline Flute Ensemble

December 14-Recess Monkey

December 15-Onomatopoeia

December 21-Caspar Babypants

December 22-Emerald City Voices

December 24-The Dickens Carolers

Photos are free, but donations will be accepted to help fund DreamNights at the Seattle Aquarium—evenings dedicated to bringing children who have disabilities, are chronically ill or who have special needs to the Aquarium for a fun evening of exploring the undersea world in a safe and relaxed atmosphere.

Hours/prices at the Aquarium:

The Aquarium’s admission gate is open 9:30am–5pm daily*, with the exhibits closing at 6pm. Admission fees: adults, $34.95; youth (ages 4–12), $24.95; and children age 3 and under are admitted free. Discounts available for Washington State residents. Tickets are also available online.

*Holiday hours: Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve open 9:30am to 3pm, with the exhibits closing at 4pm. Closed Christmas Day.

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About the Seattle Aquarium
Founded in 1977 and located on Pier 59 in the heart of Seattle, Washington, the nonprofit Seattle Aquarium serves as the largest platform for ocean conservation and engagement in the Pacific Northwest. With a mission of Inspiring Conservation of Our Marine Environment, it leads educational, conservation and regional research initiatives for a healthier planet. A thriving and vibrant Aquarium is a key part of Seattle. Help secure the Aquarium for years to come by donating to the Resilience Fund at

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Tim Kuniholm
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