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Festival of the Seas


7:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Friday-Sunday | Nov 26-Dec 12
Nightly | Dec 13-30

(Excluding Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)

Follow Santa to a Kingdom Under the Sea as you immerse yourself in this evening event under EECO on the Rio Tinto Kennecott Plaza with food, festivities, and holiday light displays for the whole family! We’ve added all-new activities, plus we’re bringing back your favorite characters and welcoming local vendors and artisans to fill the Gingerbread Village.


General Admission

Adult: $14.95
Senior, Military, Student, or Teen: $11.95
Child: $9.95
2 & Under are FREE

Aquarium Members

Adult: $11.96
Senior, Military, Student, or Teen: $9.56
Child: $7.96
2 & Under are FREE

For groups of 15 or more people, get UP TO $6 OFF each Festival of the Seas ticket.

Group tickets must be purchased in advance by calling 801-355-FISH ex 272. A representative will return your call within 72 hours.

This event will not take place on Christmas Eve or Christmas Day.
Admission to Festival of the Seas is not included with Aquarium admission.
As this is an outdoor event, please make sure to dress for the weather. Aquarium access is not included.


Discover the Magic

Here’s what’s Happening at Festival of the Seas

Photo Ops

Meet special characters and take your memories home with a variety of photo ops.

Tree Maze

Enjoy a pine tree maze for all ages!

Gingerbread Village

Shop for gifts or treats from visiting vendors and artisans.

Elf Challenges

See if you would make a good elf by playing some elf-favorite games!

Snow Ball Blitz

Challenge your family to an epic snow ball fight.

Ice Castle

Explore a magical Ice Castle and take pictures with the ice princess.

Igloo Dance Party

Sway to the rhythm of the sea at the dance party.

Elf Lounge

Sing along with Santa’s elves, play in elf houses, and warm up by the fire.


Santa’s Workshop

Enjoy storytime with Mrs. Claus and put your hands to work on some simple crafts.

Deep Sea Stage

Catch special performances from visiting choirs and dance groups.

Light Sculptures

Imagine yourself in a magical ocean wonderland with spectacular sea life sculptures.

Santa’s Sleigh

Meet Santa Claus while he visits before he starts his deliveries around the world.

Rudolf’s Retreat

Cozy up by the fire at Rudolf’s Retreat and learn some fun animal facts.

EECO Light Shows

Raise your gaze to the sky for EECO Light Shows set to energetic holiday music.

Play Structures

Let your imagination swim free on the Coral Reef play area and other play structures.

Food Trucks

Fill up on delicious hot dinners and delectable desserts from visiting food trucks.

Calling performance groups!

The Aquarium is looking for musical groups, dance groups, or other performers to participate in Festival of the Seas. If you are interested in bringing your performance group to join in the holiday fun complete the request form below.

Daytime & Online Activities

Elves with Sea jelly

It’s the Holiday season and Santa’s elves are busy . . . exploring the Aquarium! Search for the 15 elves hidden throughout the Aquarium through December 24.

Head over to our Advent Blog for free activities and printables! Each day will bring a little bit of Holiday fun!

Advent Calendar Coming Soon!

Gift Guide

Holiday Gifts under Tree

Still looking for the perfect gift to get your animal-loving friends or loved ones? Check out the Aquarium gift guide! From gift cards to animal adoptions, we have something for everyone on your list. The Gift Shop is open during our daytime operating hours. Aquarium admission is required.

Aquarium Gift Guide

Vendor & Actor Applications

The Aquarium is looking for local vendors of crafts or comestibles to participate in the Gingerbread Village Under the Sea as well as actors or dancers to become characters and interact with guests on the plaza. This will be a one-of-a-kind experience for all involved. 

Vendor Applications

Actor Applications

Festival of the Seas is Presented by:


Looking for the perfect gift for your loved one? Symbolically adopt an animal! When you adopt an animal at Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, you help us provide the best possible animal care. With more than 4,000 animals and 650 species living at the Aquarium, there are a lot of hungry mouths to feed! Your adoption will help cover the costs associated with giving quality care and food for one year. Help us take care of your favorite Aquarium animal by adopting one today!

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