NEWPORT, Ky. – To celebrate his upcoming 10-year anniversary as a global holiday icon, the world-renowned Scuba Santa® presented Newport Aquarium with two special-delivery gift packages on Friday, Nov. 8 – three weeks prior to the launch of Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland show on Nov. 29.
A pair of large white wooden crates – each measuring more than 8 feet long, 3 feet wide and 2 feet tall – were sent from the North Pole by Scuba Santa, and are currently on display at Newport Aquarium’s main entrance on the plaza of Newport on the Levee.
The contents of the two boxes will be revealed for the first time at a private Annual Passholders sneak preview the evening of Tuesday, Nov. 26, and will be on display to the public for a limited time starting Nov. 27.
The region’s most unique family-fun holiday tradition since 2003, Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland will be open to the public from Nov. 29 through Jan. 1, 2014. Scuba Santa, along with his magical underwater sleigh, seahorses and Pixie the Elf, will entertain and delight guests in 350,000 gallons of water while surrounded by Shark Rays, Tiger Sharks, eels and Denver the Sea Turtle. The dive shows feature Scuba Santa performing from beneath the sea, highlighted by a special underwater reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas” from his Magic Story Book.
Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland – which has been featured on ABC’s “Good Morning America”, NBC’s “The Today Show, CBS’ “The Early Show”, USA Today and The New York Times – is one of the Midwest’s favorite holiday traditions. The Kentucky Travel Industry Association has named it a Winter/Holiday Top 10 Event in each of the past two years, and five of the last nine overall.
Delighting families since 1999, Newport Aquarium is the No. 1 aquarium in the country according to USA Today’s 10Best.com; a 2013 Travel Channel top U.S. aquarium; and a 2013 Lexington Family Magazine Family Favorite Day Trip. A top tri-state destination, the state-of-the-art facility is an accredited member of the Association of Zoos & Aquariums (AZA), a leader in global wildlife conservation.
For more information on Scuba Santa’s Water Wonderland, including show times and pricing, visit www.newportaquarium.com or call 1-800-406-FISH (3474).