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Nov 21 2016

Swimming With Santa

By Kate Dittloff for The Island Connection

The South Carolina Aquarium, located on the historic Charleston Harbor, is getting into the holiday spirit starting on Black Friday. Guests entering the Great Hall will feel as if they’ve walked into a winter wonderland, with holiday décor throughout the gallery. Just a few steps away, Scuba Claus, the jolly old fellow in the red scuba suit, will dive in the Aquarium’s Great Ocean Tank. When Scuba Claus is away working in his shop, his special elf helpers will dive during the week.

Holiday dive shows take place November 25 through December 23 at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. During the first three weekends in December, visitors to the Aquarium will also receive a complimentary snowman cookie.

The Aquarium’s newest experience, BricksALIVE, will see the addition of new, unique holiday elements as well. Guests to the Aquarium will be greeted by a giant LEGO® present as they walk up the Aquarium’s main ramp, a perfect spot for a holiday photo. Inside the Aquarium, Finzy the LEGO® Shark on the Shelf will be hidden in a secret spot. Guests that spot Finzy will receive an exclusive holiday surprise.

Additionally, on November 25 the Aquarium will unveil a new LEGO® sculpture of a Charleston landmark determined by online voting earlier this year. Fans voted for their favorite Lowcountry icon from three options: a mural featuring Charleston landmarks, the pineapple fountain and a giant sweetgrass basket.

Come sea the magic at the South Carolina Aquarium this holiday season. For more information, visit or call (843) 577-FISH (3474).

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