ATLANTA (November 11, 2014) - The holidays are not just about checking off items on a wish list.  The coveted holiday bucket list generates a sense of excitement and anticipation. For many parents, crossing off the list of annual moments can be an overwhelming fete.

Georgia Aquarium’s Festival of the SEAson creates a magical atmosphere where families can find the experiences they are seeking and get back to the reason for the season. Opening on Saturday, November 22, this annual event marks the limited-time return of offerings that have become tradition for many families in Atlanta and throughout the Southeast. Here are five exceptional experiences visitors can cross of their list during this month-long celebration at one of the world’s largest aquariums.

Scuba Santa
  1. Capture Classic Photos With Santa

Break away from the mundane mall photo and capture the annual classic with a seaside St. Nick. Whether you are posting it for all of social media to see or sending to the grandparents, an iconic photo with Santa at Georgia Aquarium will provide a unique experience.

  1. Treasure Family Traditions

Holiday traditions are essential, and there is a reason why we have kept them as a part of our lives for so many centuries. Simply put, they add meaning to our lives and enhance a sense of belonging.  In the heart of downtown Atlanta, guests can create new traditions during Festival of the SEAson, come face-to-face with Santa as he dons his SCUBA Claus wetsuit plunging into one of the world’s largest aquatic habitats and experience the holidays at surrounding parks and attractions.

  1. Create Magical Moments

Santa is tired from his long journey from the North Pole. Kids will laugh, sing and even participate in a snowball fight in an attempt to help the Elves Wake Up Santa and get the holidays started. For a limited time this holiday season, fantasy meets reality as the Weeki Wachee Mermaids grace guests with their holiday-themed, underwater showcase accompanied by meet and greet with story time and photo opportunities.

  1. Check A Few Names Off The Christmas List

Take the stress out of holiday shopping and give a gift with a wow factor. A memorable animal encounter, adopt a whale shark or choose from holiday and animal-themed selections in two onsite gift shops.  Access around-the-clock shopping in your PJ’s at Georgia Aquarium’s online gift store.

  1. Revel in Holiday Lights and Seasonal Songs

Every hour, Georgia Aquarium transforms into a winter wonderland with the Holidazzle light show. Classic tunes fill the atrium for all to sing along. New this year, a Symphony of Snow parade will surround and delight guests with renditions of their favorite holiday classics every weekend.

For more information regarding the dates for the Festival of the SEAson celebration visit or call 404-581-4000.


Public Relations Contact:

Jessica Fontana                      

Senior PR Specialist   

(404) 581-4391                    



Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Georgia, contains more than 10 million gallons of water and the largest collection of aquatic animals. The mission of Georgia Aquarium is to be an entertaining, educational and scientific institution featuring exhibits and programs of the highest standards; offering engaging and exciting guest experiences promoting the conservation of aquatic biodiversity throughout the world. Georgia Aquarium is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums and the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums. For additional information, visit