Georgia Aquarium is home to thousands of animals, which means there’s always something happening and someone here, even throughout the holiday season. Come wave hello to a whale shark or watch an aquatic animal feeding, and celebrate with us every day!

Since we’re open 365 days a year, Georgia Aquarium is the perfect place to spend quality time with your family or prepare for the new year with friends. Below is your complete guide to our holiday hours, as well as few of the events you can attend throughout the season:

Adjusted November 2016 Hours:

  • Nov. 24: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 25 and 26: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Regular December 2016 hours:

  • Monday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Saturday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 9 p.m.

Adjusted December 2016 Hours:

  • Dec. 2 and 9: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 3 and 10: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Dec. 24 and 31: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
  • Dec. 25: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 26 – 29: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
  • Dec. 30: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.

Festival of the SEAson Events


The holidays at Georgia Aquarium wouldn't be complete without a visit from our very own underwater Santa, SCUBA Claus! Come face-to-face with Santa as he dons his specially-designed Santa wetsuit and plunges into the world's largest aquatic habitat, Ocean Voyager Built by The Home Depot. Guests can see SCUBA Claus Thursday through Sunday during the noon and 12:30 p.m. dive shows.

Visits with Santa Claus

Time for a visit and a photograph with Georgia Aquarium's own seaside St. Nick! For a full list of dates and times to visit Santa, visit


Experience this daily spectacular light and music show throughout our Atrium with sparkling light effects dancing from the ceiling to the walls and floor, all choreographed to your favorite holiday classics! Shows take place at the top of every hour.

A Symphony of Snow

Enjoy a holiday edition of our live entertainment experience, complete with your favorite songs of the season and culminating with the entrance of Santa Claus. Shows occur at noon and 3:30 p.m. in the Atrium on weekends during Festival of the SEAson.

Tree Lightings

Join us for the Festival of the SEAson Tree Lighting every morning! Gather around the tree in Georgia Aquarium’s beautiful Atrium as the trees light up to the sound of carols and holiday favorites, performed by our own Holiday Singers.


Go on an extraordinary 4-D adventure this holiday season on THE POLAR EXPRESS™! When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. THE POLAR EXPRESS™ 4-D Experience is based on the inspiring and beloved Caldecott Medal children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. Shows occur daily in the 4D Funbelievable Theater.

Holiday Deepo’s Chat

Don’t forget to visit Deepo, Georgia Aquarium’s ‘spokesfish’ for a special holiday edition of Deepo’s Chat! This interactive, animated show is 15 minutes long and fun for the whole family. Laugh, sing and play along with Deepo and his friends as we learn about his underwater world. Shows take place daily every half hour in the pre-show area of The 4D Funbelievable Theater.

Hanukkah Celebrations

In celebration of Hanukkah and in accordance with tradition, a menorah candle will be lit each evening of the holiday beginning Dec. 24. 

Additionally, guests are invited to join us for our final Toddler Time and Sips Under the Sea of 2016, as well as our annual Breakfast with Santa celebration on Saturday, Dec. 17. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit