Santa by the Sea

Santa by the Sea

By / Local Events / Wednesday, 09 November 2016 05:00

Santa’s guests make holiday crafts, decorate cookies and play games while exploring the Aquarium’s decked halls

KURE BEACH, N.C. — In some places Santa dashes through the snow, but in southeastern North Carolina, the jolly elf is more likely to make the most of the sandy coast. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher hosts a unique holiday experience with Kris Kringle and his aquatic friends at “Santa by the Sea” 4:30 to 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016. Santa’s guests make holiday crafts, decorate cookies and play games while exploring the Aquarium’s decked halls. Visitors can also listen as Mrs. Claus shares a fishy and festive tale during story time. Good girls and boys can visit with Santa. He may even surprise everyone by diving alongside sharks, eels and one of his favorite sea turtle friends.
Tis’ almost the season, so purchase your tickets soon and start a holiday tradition your child will always remember. Admission includes a free photo with Santa for each child. Advance tickets are $15 per person; children 2 and younger are free. Tickets at the door will be $18. Aquarium members receive a 10% discount. Children must be accompanied by at least one paying adult. Advance tickets for “Santa by the Sea” available at ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher.
About the Aquarium
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is located south of Kure Beach, a short drive south from Wilmington, on U.S. 421. The site is less than a mile from the Fort Fisher ferry terminal. Hours: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. The Aquarium is one of three state aquariums in North Carolina administered by the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR). General information: www.ncaquariums.com/fort-fisher
The N.C. Aquarium at Fort Fisher is one of only 230 accredited members of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a non-profit organization dedicated to the highest standards in the areas of conservation, animal welfare, education, science and recreation. In addition, the Aquarium is an AZA partner in SAFE: Saving Animals from Extinction. More on AZA: AZA.org
About the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources - The N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (NCDNCR) is the state agency with a vision to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Led by Secretary Susan Kluttz, NCDNCR's mission is to improve the quality of life in our state by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature in North Carolina by stimulating learning, inspiring creativity, preserving the state's history, conserving the state's natural heritage, encouraging recreation and cultural tourism, and promoting economic development.
NCDNCR includes 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, two science museums, three aquariums and Jennette's Pier, 39 state parks and recreation areas, the N.C. Zoo, the nation's first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the State Archives, the N.C. Arts Council, State Preservation Office and the Office of State Archaeology, along with the Division of Land and Water Stewardship. For more information, please call (919) 807-7300 or visit www.ncdcr.gov

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