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It’s all about holiday magic at Santa by the Sea, Dec. 9 at the North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores. The highlight of this after-hours event is the chance for each child to personally confide a wish list to St. Nick.
A bit of the North Pole in front of the Living Shipwreck forms the perfect setting for the encounter and for photos of it. Each child 12 and under receives a 5” x 7” professional photo by FotoFX, and more photos can be purchased.
The jolly evening also includes keepsake crafts to take home, helping prepare a snack for Santa’s reindeer, favorite stories read by Mrs. Claus, a corps of elves making merry, and special appearances by the most famous reindeer of all, Rudolph.
Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and Santa packs up the sleigh and departs at 9 p.m. Advance registration is strongly recommended, as space is limited. Register early online, by phone or at Visitor Services at the Aquarium.
Santa by the Sea admission is $9 per person, all ages. Memberships and daily admission tickets, passes and discount coupons do not apply to this special event. See the website or call for more information.
The North Carolina Aquarium at Pine Knoll Shores is five miles west of Atlantic Beach at 1 Roosevelt Blvd., Pine Knoll Shores, NC 28512. Regular hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily, except closed Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s days. Daily admission is $8 for ages 13-61; $7 for ages 62 and up; $6 for ages 3-12; no charge for ages 2 and under and North Carolina Aquarium Society members. For more information on Santa by the Sea or the Aquarium, see www.ncaquariums.com/pine-knoll-shores or call 252-247-4003.
Editor’s note: The above is a press release from the N.C. Aquarium.