NEWPORT, Ky. — Scuba Santa returns to Newport Aquarium this Friday, Nov. 27. For the 18th year, kids and adults alike can enjoy this tradition where Scuba Santa swims with a tank full of sharks and other sea life. Guests can even talk to the jolly man underwater and tell him what they want for Christmas. Plus, they’ll discover festive lights and holiday music throughout the aquarium all running through Dec. 24.
“Meeting Scuba Santa is magic,” said Eric Rose, Newport Aquarium’s executive director. “There’s no other way to describe it when you see him in his aquatic world surrounded by fish and having a moment with a child they will never forget. It’s so special.”
Guests will notice many of the animals are excited to see Scuba Santa and his elves. Denver the loggerhead sea turtle can be seen curiously trying to get a look at Santa’s list. The shark rays also enjoy swooping and soaring past the giant Shark Ray Bay Theater window, where Scuba Santa makes his appearances.
Precautions will continue to make sure the aquarium is a safe place for families to play. This includes limiting capacity to allow for social distancing, so advance ticket or annual pass purchase is required.
Newport Aquarium, named one of the top 10 U.S. aquariums in 2020 by USA Today’s 10Best.com, has showcased thousands of animals from around the world in a million gallons of water since 1999. It is open to the public 364 days a year and is located across the Ohio River from downtown Cincinnati at Newport on the Levee.