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Holidays Under the Peaks

Celebrate the season with a holiday visit to the Tennessee Aquarium!  

Your adventure through a fun-filled underwater wonderland begins with holiday music and decor in the River Journey lobby. Look for seasonal surprises throughout your tour – including a light-bedecked tree twinkling in sync with the jolly jolts of an Electric Eel!

In keeping with beloved holiday tradition, The Polar Express 3D returns to the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX 3D Theater.

Back for 2023 – Look for SCUBA Claus diving in the River Journey building on weekends in December!


Weekly Education Programs and Themes

Nov. 27 – Dec. 3 “Home for the Holidays”
11:30 – Leaf Them Alone! (Curiosity Cart) – River Journey Level 4
2:30 – Where’s Home, Mr. Turtle? (Animal Encounter) – Ocean Journey Level 4

Dec. 4-10 “Holiday Treats”
11:30 – Once Upon a Tree Cookie (Curiosity Cart) – Delta Country
2:30 – Chocolate Chip Sea Stars (Animal Encounter) – Island Life

Dec. 11-17 “Holiday Lights”
11:30 – UV Lights (Curiosity Cart) – Rivers of the World
2:30 – Flashlight Fish (Gallery Interpretation) – Island Life

Dec. 18-24 “Winter Wonders”
11:30 – Blubber Mitts (Curiosity Cart) – Ridges to Rivers
2:30 – Gallery Talk: Penguins (Gallery Interpretation) – Penguins’ Rock

Closed Christmas Day (Dec. 25)

Dec. 26-31 “Gifts of the Season”
11:30 – Match the Merry Enrichments (Curiosity Cart) – River Journey Overlook
2:30 – Gifts from Nature (Curiosity Cart) – Lemur Forest

SCUBA Claus dives in River Giants.


2:00 on selected weekend dates:

Sat. 12/9 - Tennessee River
Sun. 12/10 - River Giants
Sat. 12/16 - River Giants
Sun. 12/17 - Tennessee River
Sat. 12/23 - Tennessee River


Photos with Santa

Showtime Pictures, our photography partner, will offer photos with Santa December 15-24.

Electric Eel Tree

The Aquarium’s Electric Eel, Miguel Wattson, serves as unofficial tree-lighter in the Rivers of the World gallery.
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Online Gift Shop

From toys to apparel, home goods and more - find the perfect gift for the Aquarium "fin" on your list.
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A pawsome holiday for all!

Buy a gift for your favorite Aquarium creature from their very own Amazon wish list!
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At-Home Activities

Enjoy these activities designed to help you and your family connect with nature – and each other.

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