Aquarium Hosts 15th Annual Sea Of Lights

November 01, 2007

Aquarium hosts the 15th annual holiday festival Nov. 30 and Dec. 1

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host its 15th annual Sea of Lights Friday and Saturday, November 30 and December 1 from 6:30 to 9:30 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region to enjoy a weekend shopping, attending the Sea of Lights in the evening and spending time together. The entire Aquarium will be adorned with holiday decorations, a large Christmas tree and thousands of colorful lights with the annual celebration. Admission is two items of food for Oregon Food Share, a new toy or pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or $2 for adults and $1 for kids.

“This is a fun, relaxing way to kick off the holidays and spend time with family while giving to those in need,” said Cindy Hanson, Aquarium Public Relations Manager. “We are asking people to be extra generous with food donations this year, because Lincoln County Food Share is struggling to keep up with demand.”

Last year the Aquarium collected over 2,300 pounds of food for Lincoln County Food Share, which serves six independent food pantries, two meal sites and six supplemental nutrition programs. Recent economic conditions and high unemployment rates have put increased pressure on the emergency food system and the pantry has been especially low this year. Nancy Smith, Executive Director of Lincoln County Food Share said that the food supply has improved since they alerted the public to the shortage. “We put the call out to the community and we do now have food, but the overall downturn of the economy has created an on-going increased demand. The message we’d like to get out there is that families struggle year round.”

Guests will enjoy holiday music and children can talk to Santa and have their photos taken. After visiting with Santa, guests can make their way through a sea of twinkling lights to the sounds of music and caroling throughout the Aquarium. There will be hot chocolate, holiday treats and Aquarium gifts including memberships, commemorative bricks for the entryway, adopt-an-animal and tile art. In addition, the gift shop will be open with holiday displays and gift ideas. Visitors can look at pets that are available for adoption on the “Pet Christmas Tree” from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter.

The Sea of Lights offers one of the last chances to see the Claws exhibit, which closes at the end of December 2007. The exhibit explores the world of marine crustaceans from around the world, including crabs, lobsters, shrimp, isopods, and copepods. Claws introduces visitors to the beauty and diversity within this group of organisms with interactive displays, interpretive graphics and audio-visual media. An animated video with a dance floor instructs children of all ages how to do the crab dance!