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FINAL WEEKEND! Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greet at Greater Cleveland Aquarium

Add a splash of wonder to your holidays with a Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greet!  Talk to the magical man in red while he’s underwater with his dive buddy elves and the sharks, stingrays and angelfish on his “nice list.”  Discuss cookie preferences, ask diving questions or share what you ho-ho-hope to see under your tree on select dates — Fridays, December 15 & 22, 5–7:30 pm; Saturdays, December 16 & 23, 8:30–10am; and Sunday, December 17, 8:30–10 am.  The Aquarium has two additional Thursday evening sessions (December 14 & 21, 5 – 7:30 pm) exclusively for its annual passholders. 

All Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greets include full Aquarium access, a seasonal I-Spy activity, an “I Saw Scuba Claus” sticker or pin, the unique opportunity to share “fish-mas” wishes with a Christmas icon and a digital photo of the memorable experience. 

“If there’s someone in your circle who has been reluctant to visit St. Nick, Scuba Claus could be an alternative,” says Stephanie White, general manager, noting that although the interaction is live and in real time, the novelty of a jolly old elf submerged in a 230,000-gallon shark habitat and a wall of clear acrylic between the scuba-certified old pro and guests changes the dynamic, often putting young fans at ease. 

Scuba Claus Merry Meet & Greets are limited capacity and only available with advance purchase.  Tickets are $24.95 for guests ages 13+, $18.95 for children ages 2-12.  Adult and child annual passholders ages 2+ can reserve tickets for $5 each.  Admission is always free for children younger than 2.  For tickets or details, visit

Greater Cleveland Aquarium is located at 2000 Sycamore Street on the west bank of The Flats.  Call 216-862-8803 or visit them online at for more info.