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The Aquarium celebrates the holidays with seasonal events

By Anna Martino, Staff Writer —

The Tennessee Aquarium’s annual holiday celebration, Holidays Under the Peaks, will begin on Tuesday, Nov. 17 and conclude on Saturday, Dec. 31.

Holidays Under the Peaks takes place during normal daily operating hours and offers programs for families, students and people of all ages with the purchase of the normally priced admission.

Special events include Magnificent Marine Invertebrates, Freshwater Pipefish Feeding, “Sandy Claws” Crab/Lobster Program, Colorful Chameleons, Penguin Storytime, Merry Mammals, SCUBA Claus, Young Scientist Programs, Caroling with the Fishies and PJs and the Polar Express.

Every Sunday, the Young Scientist Programs will give children the chance to get up close to local and exotic creatures in interactive, educational sessions.

“The Young Scientist Programs offer short and engaging lessons for science-minded kids,” said Thom Benson, the Director of External Affairs for the Tennessee Aquarium. “These programs allow curious young ones to explore and learn about things in a hands-on way that is typically unimaginable.”

On most Saturday and Sundays, guests will also be given the opportunity to see SCUBA Claus dive into the River Journey fish tanks.

PJs and the Polar Express will take place Dec. 16 and 17 with a special 3D IMAX screening of “The Polar Express,” and a photo opportunity with the conductor.

“This is the second year the IMAX has been offered with the new laser projection system on the six-story screen, offering a sharp, clear image,” said Thom Benson. “Guests are encouraged to wear their most cozy pajamas, with hot cocoa and pastries provided.”

Offered solely during the first two weeks of the holiday programs, Nov. 17- Dec. 1, is a special feeding by aquarium staff that will educate visitors on the incredible eating habits of the freshwater pipefish, as well the Magnificent Marine Invertebrates program.

Programs starting Dec. 2 and ending Dec. 16 include…

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