The holidays are a tough time to be an electric eel at the Oregon Coast Aquarium. Throughout December, these zippy critters have to live with the fact that they are no longer the highest-wattage exhibit on show.
That’s because the weeks between Thanksgiving and New Year are filled with the aquarium’s annual Sea of Lights display, featuring more than half a million colorful lights and holiday decorations.
Visitors exploring the aquarium after hours can stroll the grounds and admire the displays as well as visiting with Santa Claus and even see him don SCUBA gear for a dunk into one of the exhibit tanks.
This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 1 and 2, from 6 to 9 pm. Admission to the first Friday and Saturday of Sea of Lights is $2 plus two cans of nonperishable food — or $10 per person without donation. Admission is free for Aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate. Guests can also donate pet food or new, unwrapped children’s toys for the Newport Fire Department’s Holiday Toy Drive in place of a food donation.
Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the aquarium from 5 to 8 pm every Friday and Saturday throughout December. Admission is $10 or free with same-day paid admission.
Customers that spend more than $100 at the Newport branch of Walmart will receive a voucher for one free admission to Sea of Lights. The offer is valid while supplies last and certain dates are subject to blackout. See store for details.
The Oregon Coast Aquarium is located at 2820 SE Ferry Slip Road. For more information, call 541-867-3474 or go to aquarium.org.