Sea of Lights to Brighten Aquarium with Spirit of Season

Posted by The Oregon Coast / November 18, 2015

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Newport, Oregon—SCUBA Santa, sparkling lights and an ocean of holiday cheer will greet visitors every weekend this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium’s Sea of Lights celebration.

Over half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations will surround visitors with the spirit of the season as they explore the Aquarium after hours. Santa will be present every night of Sea of Lights until Christmas to pose for photos and note visitors’ Christmas wishes.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on December 4, 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Admission to the first weekend of Sea of Lights is $2 with 2 cans of nonperishable people or pet food for the local food bank. Entry is $8 per person without donation. Admission is free for Aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate.

Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the Aquarium every following Saturday and Sunday of December from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. Admission is $8, or free with same day paid admission.

“Sea of Lights lets the Aquarium give back to the community, but we also organize it for the sheer fun of it. There is no other place to go see a big light display on the central Oregon Coast,” said Michele Steen, the event’s organizer.

This year’s Sea of Lights is proudly presented by Walmart. Customers that spend over $100 at Walmart’s Newport, Oregon location beginning November 20 will receive a voucher for one free admission to Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Offer valid while supplies last and certain dates are subject to blackout. See store for details. Attendees using a voucher are encouraged, but not required, to make a food or toy donation.

Join in the merriment this December at the Oregon Coast Aquarium, 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road, Newport, Oregon 97365. The Aquarium is open every day, except December 25, this winter from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For more information visit or call (541) 867-3474.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium is dedicated to the highest quality aquatic and marine science programs for recreation and education so that the public better understands, cherishes, and conserves the world’s natural marine and coastal resources. An accredited Association of Zoos & Aquariums institution, this 501(c)3 non-profit organization is ranked as one of the top 10 aquariums in the U.S. Visit us at 2820 S.E. Ferry Slip Rd., Newport, OR., 541-867-3474. Follow us on Facebook, or Twitter for the latest updates.

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