Holiday Events at the Aquarium

Join us for some fun and festive activities to celebrate the season!

Please note that we will be closed at select periods in November and December. See our hours below.

Aquarium Tickets

Holiday Hours


Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Open at 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Wednesday, December 25 (Christmas Day)
Closed all day

Tuesday, December 31 (New Years Eve)
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Wednesday, January 1 (New Years Day)
Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Holiday Experiences

  • Scuba Santa

    December 7 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., December 9 - 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., December 24 at 11 a.m.

    Santa Claus is coming into town and diving on down! On a twice-daily basis* beginning Saturday, December 7 and on through December 23, Santa is trading in his sleigh and fur coat for some fins and a wetsuit during a special holiday visit to the Aquarium! Santa will plunge into the H-E-B Caribbean Sea exhibit for a unique encounter and festive photo op with our guests.
    Guests of all ages are welcome to stop by to catch a glimpse of Scuba Santa and get their picture taken with him. Please bring a camera and a staff member will be happy to take your picture.

    Location: H-E-B Caribbean Sea in Caribbean Journey
    Date and Time: December 7 - 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m., December 24 at 11 a.m.
    Price: Included with admission or membership

  • Rudolph 4D

    November 29 -December 1 and December 6- January 3

    Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer shines in an all-new magical 4-D Experience®. When young Rudolph is teased for his red nose and runs away from Christmastown, he sets off on a series of adventures, meets new friends Hermey the Elf and Yukon Cornelius along the way, and escapes the clutches of the Abominable Snow Monster. When an epic snowstorm threatens Christmas, can he rescue his family and friends and help Santa save the holiday? Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer 4-D uses the same stop motion animation as the beloved television classic to deliver a visually brilliant, high definition 3-D experience.

    Location: Whataburger 4-D Theater
    Dates and Times: November 29 -December 1 and December 6- January 3 at 11: 30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 3:30 p.m., 4:30 p.m
    Price: Included with admission or membership

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Looking for a Gift?

With these Aquarium gifts, you can get that special someone a unique and unforgettable present, while contributing to our wildlife rescue and conservation work.

  • Pavers

    Your loved one’s legacy will be quite-literally cemented in the Aquarium’s history with the gift of a paver. Customize a brick with a name and message of your choice, and your paver will be displayed for all to see in our outdoor Caribbean Plaza!

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  • Adopt an Animal

    Adopt a jelly, stingray, or sea turtle through this program, and you’ll be helping feed and care for these animals…without having to do any of the work yourself. Each Adopt Program comes with a certificate and small gift, making for a unique and unforgettable gift.

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  • Membership

    Do you love your visits to the Aquarium? Spread the joy with a gift membership, which will give someone else a year of animal encounters, adventures through land and sea, and other unforgettable experiences.

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  • Exclusive Encounters

    During these behind-the-scenes tours at the Aquarium, guests can see how we care for our animals and meet a furry or finned friend up-close and personal. Exclusive Encounter opportunities include a Sloth Meet-and-Greet, Discover Dolphins, and Feed the Fish.

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