Holiday season has arrived and the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre is ready to celebrate with you in our underwater winter wonderland.

While Santa Claus prepares for his annual flight through the night skies with his trusty reindeer, our pal Scuba Claus is back for another year of cool daily dives with beluga whales Aurora and Qila, as well as in the Strait of Georgia exhibit. Scuba Claus has made his debut dive for the year and will be a daily fixture until Dec. 24.

Over in our Canaccord Gallery, the glimmering eel-ectric lights on our holiday tree come alive thanks to the power from our resident electric eel. Another light show awaits in the Pacific Canada Gallery, where a magical swarm of origami jellies casts a warm holiday glow with LED projections.

Let our luminescent jelly display light your holiday spirit.

Let our luminescent jelly display light your holiday spirit.

And to show that conservation can be beautiful — and even festive — Tofino-based artist Pete Clarkson returns to the Vancouver Aquarium to build a holiday marine debris tree.

The towering tree is an impressive demonstration of trash becoming treasure. Clarkson collects each item from nearby shorelines to create his art, resulting in a beautiful display

Marine debris Christmas tree

Artist Pete Clarkson turns trash into treasure with his marine debris tree.

that also reminds us to help keep our shorelines free of litter, which continues to harm marine mammals and damage our ocean ecosystems.

The holiday journey continues aboard The Polar Express, a multi-sensory experience you’ll find in our 4-D theatre. Travel through mountains and hilltops to snow-covered plains, all on a beloved holiday train to the North Pole and prepare to be wowed as this favourite festive film engages your senses through scent, sight, sound and touch.

Scuba Claus dives daily until December 24, with all other holiday displays at the Vancouver Aquarium continuing until January 3, 2016.  Vancouver Aquarium is open 365 days a year, including Christmas Day. For more information, and dive schedules, please visit

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