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Holiday Fun at MSAQ

'Tis the SEAson

Bring the family out to visit the aquatic wonders this holiday SEAson. Take a special holiday photo with a dolphin, see Santa dive in the deep, catch a story around the fire or get crafty in Santa's workshop. There is something for everyone to enjoy!

Have some last-minute shopping? We've got you covered! Stop in the Gulf Shop for unique holiday gifts or shop online for holiday deals.

Holiday Fun - Included with General Admission

Holiday Activities

November 25 - December 23 | Available Daily in Changing Tides

Have your drawing come to life with a special winter-themed Draw Alive, write letters to Santa and make Wishes for Fishes. Included with General Admission.

Diving Santa

November 25 - December 24 | Saturdays & Sundays
10:30am-11:30am & 1:30pm-2:30pm

Dive into the magic this holiday SEA-son with diving Santa! Visit the swirl habitat in Aquatic Wonders every Saturday and Sunday, November 25 through December 24. Included with general admission.

Long Beach High School Madrigal Singers

December 17 | 12pm-2pm

Included with general admission.

Santa's Workshop

December 17 & 18 | 2:30pm-4:30pm

Join us in Changing Tides to create a special keepsake. Crafts may include ornaments, decorations and more! Included with general admission.


December 17, 18, 23 | 2pm-4pm

December 24 | 12pm-2pm

Enjoy listening to a holiday tale read by the fire in front of Changing Tides. Story reading will start at 2:30pm & 3:30pm. A special reading of "A Cajun Night Before Christmas" will be read at 12pm on December 24. Included with general admission.

Cocoa & S'mores will be available for purchase.

Holiday Events

Cocoa & Cupcakes with Santa and Friends

December 11 & 18 | 10am-12pm

Mississippi Aquarium invites you to kick-off Christmas with Santa and his animal friends! Enjoy an authentic North Pole breakfast chosen by Santa's elves, cupcakes and hot cocoa! Spend the morning taking photos with Santa, eating treats, and making crafts! Additional purchase necessary.

Holiday Dolphin Photos

November 12 - January 1 | Saturdays & Sundays

Take a photo with a dolphin! Bring your family and friends for a memorable moment this holiday season. Send your special photo as a Christmas card, hang it as an ornament on the Christmas tree, or place it in a frame to enjoy all year long. Spots are limited! Advance purchase is recommended. Additional purchase necessary.

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