Scuba Claus is Coming To Town! Spot Him at the Vancouver Aquarium this Holiday Season

Vancouver, B.C. – Do you hear what we hear? It’s the splish-splash of Scuba Claus as he comes to celebrate the holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium!

Keen-eyed youngsters, and adults alike, will be able to spot Scuba Claus during his daily dives spreading holiday cheer and magic. Back by popular demand, visitors can also pose for a photo with Scuba Claus, between 10 am and 3:30 pm this Saturday, December 7, Sunday, December 8, Saturday, December 14, Sunday, December 15 and December 20 through 24. (Cost: $23)

Soak up the season while exploring the Vancouver Aquarium decked in holiday décor. Returning holiday favourites include our ‘shocking’ Electric eel-powered Christmas tree (with feedings daily at 11:30am), the tot-friendly kelp maze, and the picture-perfect jelly snow globe. See if you can find our holiday “mistle-toad” near our ‘Frogs Forever?’ Gallery to sneak a kiss or two with your loved ones. Also back again is the marine debris tree created by Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson, made entirely of items collected from shoreline cleanups on the west coast of Vancouver Island — a confronting reminder to visitors to think green during the holidays.

After wandering the galleries with cocoa in hand, it’s time for a journey to the North Pole in the Vancouver Aquarium’s 4-D theatre. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience® plays daily. Check our “What’s On” page for show times.


Visitors are also encouraged to explore the “green giving” options in the Aquarium Gift Shop. Check off your holiday wish lists with presents that support ocean conservation and reduce harmful single-use plastic like Aquadopt Kits, the gift of membership, and sustainable plastic alternatives. Each gift helps fund Ocean Wise’s research, education and conservation programs like the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup, the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Mammal Rescue Centre, The Plastics Lab, and our Ocean Wise Sustainable Seafood Program.

Catch Scuba Claus’ dives daily at 12:30pm and 2:30pm November 21 through December 24, with all other holiday displays at the Vancouver Aquarium continuing until January 5, 2020. For more information and schedules, please visit

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The Vancouver Aquarium, an Ocean Wise initiative, is one of the world’s leading accredited aquariums and is dedicated to the conservation of aquatic life. Located in beautiful Stanley Park, the Vancouver Aquarium is home to thousands of incredible ocean species. Since opening in 1956, the Vancouver Aquarium has connected more than 40 million people from around the world to our oceans and the wonders within them. Open 365 days a year, all proceeds from the Vancouver Aquarium support Ocean Wise, a global ocean conservation organization and the Vancouver Aquarium’s parent company.

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Ocean Wise is a global conservation organization on a mission to protect and restore the world’s oceans. Ocean Wise is focussed on research, education and direct-action conservation. Utilizing both scientific and traditional knowledge, Ocean Wise equips and inspires youth, citizens, businesses and governments to take action. Ocean Wise is the parent company of the Vancouver Aquarium. Learn more at

Holidays at the Vancouver Aquarium

Make a splash this festive season at the Vancouver Aquarium. With over 60,000 creatures, and amazing shows daily, there’s something for everyone this holiday season.

  • The holidays aren’t complete without a visit to see Scuba Claus. Watch the jolly old man in the red suit (and black flippers) dive daily until December 24
  • Add some magic to your admissions photo and strike a pose with Scuba Claus from 10am – 3.30pm on December 7, 8, 14, 15 and 20-24.
  • Delight in the magic of the season as you watch the enchanting jelly snow globe display. With a display this spectacular, even Santa’s elves would be jelly
  • Marvel at Vancouver’s most shocking holiday display as you stand in the glow of the eel-powered Christmas tree
  • This holiday season, you’re invited on an adventure to the North Pole with our new 4-D movie, THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4D Experience®
  • Go green with your Holiday gifts and stop by our gift shop. We are fully stocked with animal friendly and sustainable gifts.

Don’t forget – the Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year! Learn more and plan your visit at

Soak up the Season at the Vancouver Aquarium 

Date: November 21 – January 5, 2019.

Time: 10am to 5pm

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park (845 Avison Way)

Cost: Adult: $38 | Senior / Student: $30 | Child (4 – 12): $21 | Child (0 – 4): $0

For more information and to purchase tickets:

Contact Information: Vancouver Aquarium at 604-659-3400


Media Contact

Lisa Englehart
Vancouver Aquarium