Here’s one Santa we’re willing to bet you haven’t seen before: Diving Santa, a festively attired scuba diver (beard and all) who jumps into the Seattle Aquarium’s Window on Washington Waters tank on December weekends. Kids can ask Diving Santa questions through the intercom (“How does your hat stay on?”) and even line up to pose for pictures with Santa. Make everyone on your holiday card list green with envy with this one-of-a-kind photo opportunity.
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Walk Through the Jelly Wheel at the Seattle Aquarium
It’s not hard to see why the Seattle Aquarium is one of Seattle’s most popular attractions. The high-energy antics of the aquarium’s river and sea otters, and the playful curiosity of the harbor seals—who frequently pop out of the water and approach the viewing windows, much to everyone’s delight—are worth a visit on their own. But there’s also a touchable tidepool with starfish and sea anemones, an underwater dome featuring a range of local fish, a shark exhibit, and daily dive shows, talks, and feedings. (During the holiday season, you can also get your picture taken with Scuba Santa.)
The most unique exhibit of all may be the “jellyfish wheel,” where moon jellies drift through a large Plexiglas ring, illuminated in an ever-shifting rainbow of colored lights. Kids will enjoy seeing and touching the fish, while adults can learn about conservation efforts and the aquarium’s Puget Sound research.