Scuba Santa's Water Wonderland

November 29 – December 31

Celebrate a Cincinnati holiday tradition with Scuba Santa at Newport Aquarium! It’s a Water Wonderland full of playful penguins, colorful holiday lights, and a flurry of magical bubbles.

See Scuba Santa swim underwater with a tank full of sharks and tell him what you want for Christmas. Meet cheerful elves straight from the North Pole and join in the fun as Scuba Santa fills the Theater with bubbles. His magical bubbles will float and fall all around you and every time a bubble pops, a wish will come true for someone throughout the world.

Plus, make a stop at Scuba Santa’s Post Office where you can write your special holiday wish on a magic bubble and drop it in Scuba Santa’s Mailbox.

It's the Bayou Babies First Christmas!

See dozens of adorable baby American alligators explore their new home and celebrate their first Christmas in Gator Alley along with the rare white alligators Snowball and Snowflake.


November 26 from 6pm – 8pm

Newport Aquarium will be open extended hours as Scuba Santa swims in for the very first time this season! Enjoy free milk and cookies all included with your General Admission or Annual Pass.

The first 500 Passholders will receive a special gift at the door, plus, they can invite their friends to visit, too! Special Bring-a-Friend tickets will be just $14.99!

General Admission


Newport Aquarium’s basic admission ticket gets you access to all of the Aquarium’s exhibits, shows and galleries, all at one low price. This ticket provides unprecedented value, ease and convenience - with just one transaction.


Prices Valid Year Round

AdultAges 13+ ChildAges 2-12
$2599 $1799

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Family Fun Activities Free with Admission:

Scuba Santa Meet & Greet

Visit Shark Ray Bay Theater where you can meet Scuba Santa one-on-one and tell him what you want for Christmas.
November 29 - December 19: Mon. - Thu. 11am - 2pm, Fri. - Sun. 11am - 4pm.
December 20 - 30: Every day from 11am - 4pm. *
December 31: 11am - 3pm & 5pm - 5:30pm **

Scuba Santa’s Bubble Showers

Every 10 minutes from 11am to 4pm, Scuba Santa magically fills Shark Ray Bay Theater with bubbles! Pop as many bubbles as you can to help a wish come true for someone throughout the world.

Scuba Santa’s Post Office

Make sure to visit Scuba Santa's Post Office in Penguin Palooza where you can write your special holiday wish on a magic bubble and drop it in Scuba Santa's mailbox.


* No Scuba Santa® on December 25 Christmas Day
** New Year's Eve Kid's Countdown Event December 3 from 3:30-5:30 pm in
Shark Ray Bay Theater

Scheduled days/times subject to change without notice.