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There are staff here for hosting,
Hot chocolate for toasting,
And caroling out in some shows.
There are great rescue stories
And Nemos and Doris,
And fun to be had in the snow.
You always hear that the holidays are a time to spend with your family so it may surprise you to hear that I like to spend the holidays at work. The Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is open 365 days a year so that means that we’re open on Family Day, Thanksgiving, and even Christmas. Every year a few dedicated staff and volunteers in each department choose to spend their holiday working at the Aquarium so that you and your family can continue your own traditions of spending your holidays with us – and we love that.
Personally, there’s no day I like more at the Vancouver Aquarium than Christmas Day. Everyone’s jolly, there’s plenty of food to go around, and I’m surrounded by people I care about. I grew up in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and my parents are still there so I spend much more time with the animals and people here than I do my own family. While there may not always be snow on Christmas day in Vancouver, the Aquarium still feels like home.
This year we invite you to come and celebrate the holidays with us and a host of festive fishes. Start off your visit to the Vancouver Aquarium with a walk through the Christmas tree maze. Once inside you can marvel as the electric eel helps to light up our Christmas tree, colour a camouflaged octopus on a greeting card for that special someone, or sip a delicious hot chocolate after a ride on the Polar Express in the Goldcorp Ocean 4-D Theatre. Don’t miss a special visit from Scuba Claus as he takes a daily dip in the Strait of Georgia exhibit until December 24.
Planning on visiting more than once this holiday season? A family membership pays for itself in just two visits and includes access to special events and discounts at our café and gift shop. Better yet – give someone you love the gift of membership so they can enjoy the Aquarium year round.
Whatever you choose to do for your holiday season we hope it’s a happy one!
Blog post submitted by Nicole Cann, manager of Interpretive Delievery for the Vancouver Aquarium.