Celebrate Winter Waterland (and more!) at OdySea Aquarium!

Be part of the wonder and magic as OdySea Aquarium transforms into an enchanting Winter Waterland!

Create cherished holiday memories with loved ones while meeting real mermaids, a swimming Santa, Fairy Tale Princesses or even a live penguin at Arizona’s largest aquarium – home to over 6,000 animals, 370 incredible animal species and two million gallons of water! From special Character guest appearances to an awesome kid-friendly rockin' New Year’s countdown — OdySea Aquarium makes this season the "most wonderful time of year!"


Mermaid Magic

Friday, November 28 - Sunday, December 1

The holiday season at OdySea Aquarium kicks-off on Black Friday with an exclusive appearance by gorgeous mermaids swimming in our Deep Ocean and SeaTREK Bay exhibits! Mermaid appearances will take place throughout the Aquarium featuring special opportunities to meet and interact with these sea-dwelling beauties.


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SeaTREK Santa

Friday, November 29 - Tuesday, December 24

A jolly ol' helmet-diving SeaTREK Santa makes three appearances per weekend day, November 29 - December 20, interacting with guests through the SeaTREK exhibit windows! SeaTREK Santa makes three appearances daily December 20 - 24 so be on the lookout for him.


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Naughty and Nice Characters

Friday, December 20 - Sunday, January 5

The spirit of the holidays continues…but who’s on the naughty or nice list this year? These guys! Meet the NAUGHTY Christmas Greench and NICE Fairy Tale Princesses in the magical Deep Ocean Theater. The Fairy Tale Princesses know all about festive fun and holiday cheer, while the nefarious Christmas Greench pouts his way through the most wonderful time of the year!


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Santa Meet & Greet with Penguins Photo Opportunity

Saturday, December 7 – Monday, December 23

When Santa is not walking the Deep Ocean Floor, he is visiting children on dry land with his favorite feathered friends – penguins!! Don’t miss the unique photo opportunity with Santa AND a live penguin ONLY on the following December dates: December 7-8; 14-15; 20-23

*Professional photographer will be taking these photos, and all will include Santa and a penguin.

Separate ticket price. Reservation Required.


New Year’s Evening

Tuesday, December 31

Rock-out at this kid-friendly New Year’s Eve celebration that will end before bedtime – perfect for the pint-sized partiers in the group! The celebration includes a countdown to the New Year in Deep Ocean Theater, a family dance party and more!


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Here Comes Santa 5K
Sun 12/8 | 8AM
Here comes Santa Claus, here comes Santa Claus, right down Santa Claus Lane!
 Come join StartLine Racing at OdySea in the Desert for our inaugural Here Comes Santa 5K Run/Walk! We are going to jingle around the course and hang out with the man in red. Bring your whole family and make a day out of it by enjoying one of the many activities that OdySea has to offer. The course will take you around OdySea property and will finish right in the center of the complex. All who finish this challenge will receive a unique medal to show off to your friends! 


Second Annual Family Fun Holiday Fair and Marketplace
Sat 12/14 | 10AM-2PM
FREE - Outside in the OdySea in the Desert Courtyard | No Admission Required
Enjoy live holiday entertainment on center stage while the kids visit with SANTA CLAUS, bounce in the bounce houses, get their face painted, and meet other special guests! The parents can SHOP LOCAL and start their holiday shopping from our various local vendors! Explore everything OdySea has to offer by eating yummy food from a variety of restaurants, visiting their retail stores and taking in the cooler weather! 


Secret Life of Pets 2
Sat 12/14 | 5PM
FREE - Outside in the OdySea in the Desert Courtyard | No Admission Required
Experience "Movies in the Desert" a free family event with music, games, and tons of prizes beginning at 5:00 pm. The movie will begin at dusk. There are plenty of options to grab a bite before the movie in the courtyard. Visit our website for a full list!
Come early to claim your spot, as space will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. We will have some seating available but recommend bringing your own folding chairs.

Other pre-movie activities include:
• Maxx Meet and Greet and Photo Op
• Puppy Plate Craft
• Game Table and Prize Wheel
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