Holiday Happenings at The Maritime: Shark-Diving Santa, The Polar Express 4D Experience, and More!

Holiday Happenings starting November 25 through January 2

Shark-Diving Santa

Santa Claus will join The Maritime Aquarium’s dive team to help demonstrate that sharks aren’t the blood-thirsty killers of myth. Dives will begin on Saturday’s and Sunday’s starting December 3 through December 31 (workload permitting), Santa will strap on his custom scuba outfit and enter the Aquarium’s 110,000-gallon “Ocean Beyond the Sound” exhibit, which is home to 7- and 8-foot sand tiger and lemon sharks. He’ll swim up to the exhibit window and pose with children, so bring your camera for a unique holiday photo.

The Santa dives are part of a regular Aquarium program where guests can see and talk with volunteer divers swimming in the exhibit. The purpose of the dives is to correct common misperceptions about sharks, as the divers demonstrate how sharks do not see humans as prey.

Please check the Aquarium’s website – – to confirm the dates when Santa can pull himself away from the North Pole and exchange his snow boots for swim fins.

All the dives are free with Aquarium admission.

Breakfast with Santa Exclusive to Members

Breakfast Pajama Party with Santa and "The Polar Express 4D Experience" Showing!

Members are invited to join us on Saturday, December 17 from 8 a.m to 10 a.m. in their pajamas for a breakfast with Santa Claus! Bring your camera ... Santa will be available for pictures.

Plus, join us in our 4D Theater for a showing of "The Polar Express 4D Experience" at 9:40 a.m. This 13-minute film, based on the beloved 2004 Warner Bros. film, features thrill-enhancing sensory special effects such as snow, wind, scents of hot cocoa, and more!

Tickets are $30 per person (Tickets for this experience are required for all guests, including those under 3 years old.) Please check the Aquarium/s website for details (Tickets for this experience are required for all guests, including those under 3 years old.)

4D Theater Movies

Two multisensory film experiences each hour.

A visit to The Maritime Aquarium goes to a whole additional dimension – literally – with the memorable film experiences available in the 4D movie theater. This cinematic experience sends the action visually spilling off the two-story screen and over the audience, combined with such thrill-enhancing sensory special effects as bubbles, snow, wind, mists, scents and more.

“The Polar Express 4D Experience” 

Opens November 25 for multisensory film experiences each hour.

A holiday tradition in The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk goes to a new dimension – literally – as an exciting new version of the beloved film “The Polar Express” steams off the screen in the new 4D Theater. The animated film, featuring Tom Hanks as the voice of the conductor, will play every hour in the 4D Theater through Jan. 2, 2023.

“The Polar Express 4D Experience” is a 13-minute version of the 2004 film directed by Robert Zemeckis, based on the beloved Caldecott Medal-winning children’s book by Chris Van Allsburg. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

This memorable cinematic experience visually spills over the audience in 3D, combined with such thrill-enhancing sensory special effects as snow, wind, scents of hot cocoa, and more.


10 a.m. – 5 p.m. daily.


Aquarium only: $29.95 adults; $25.95 seniors (65+); $20.95 children (3-12). Add a 4D movie: $7 per person ($6 for members).

Questions? Call (203) 852-0700 or visit our website at

Submitted by Lewisboro, NY

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