The Sea Of Lights Dec. 5 And 6

November 05, 2008

The annual holiday festival Dec. 5 and 6 benefits Lincoln County Food Share

The Oregon Coast Aquarium will host its 16th Annual Sea of Lights Friday and Saturday, December 5 and 6 from 6:30 to 9:00 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. Admission is two items of food for Oregon Food Share, or a new unwrapped 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 2,926 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.

Guests will enjoy holiday music and children can talk to Santa while parents snap photos. After visiting with Santa, guests can make their way through a sea of twinkling lights to the sounds of music, the Youth Handbell Choir, caroling, story telling and face painting. There will be Aquarium gifts available including memberships, commemorative bricks for the entryway and adopt-an-animal. 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 a chance to see the Aquarium’s newest exhibit, Oddwater exhibit, which showcases strange and wonderful marine life with odd adaptations. The exhibit is a visually stunning combination of marine biology and art, with hand blown glass art in every display.

The Oregon Coast Aquarium was named among the “Top 10 Aquariums for Kids” in the nation by Trip Advisor, Parents magazine, Coastal Living magazine and USA Today. Visitors can get within inches of marine life in Passages of the Deep, walking through a 200-foot clear underwater tunnel that runs through three ocean habitats encountering sharks, rays and thousands of other fish native to Pacific northwest waters.