Holidays Under the Peaks

Relax and enjoy the holiday season with your family surrounded by some of the world’s most fascinating creatures at the Tennessee Aquarium.

During Holidays Under the Peaks, November 21, 2014 – January 4, 2015, guests of all ages will be delighted by new Extraordinary Experiences, offered FREE with Aquarium admission, throughout both Aquarium buildings. Like the wonder and excitement of a wrapped holiday gift, more than two dozen daily programs are waiting to be discovered and treasured. Aquarium educators and animal experts help connect everyone to some of nature’s most wonderful gifts.

FREE with Aquarium admission

Otter Keeper Talk River Journey - Cove Forest 10:30am, Noon, 2pm & 4:45pm
Delta Bird Program River Journey - Delta Country 11am & 2pm
Swamped with Turtles River Journey - Delta Country 11:30am & 2:30pm
Screech Owl Program River Journey - Cove Forest 11:45am & 12:45pm
Seahorse Feeding River Journey - Seahorse Gallery 3:30pm
Meet the Macaws Ocean Journey - Tropical Cove 10:15am, 2pm, 4pm
Butterfly Release Ocean Journey - Butterfly Garden 11am
Tropical Bird Feeding Ocean Journey -  Butterfly Garden 11am
Penguin Keeper Talk Ocean Journey - Penguins’ Rock 10:30am & 1:30pm
Secret Reef Dive Shows Ocean Journey - Secret Reef 11am, 11:30am, 2pm & 2:30pm

SCUBA Claus Appearances at the Tennessee Aquarium

Look for the jolly old elf diving in the River Journey building Saturdays at 11am and Sundays at 2pm from November 22 – December 21.  (After that he will be a busy guy.)  SCUBA Claus will be in Lake Nickajack on odd dates and in River Giants on even dates.

Now Showing at IMAX 3D Theater November 29 - December 24:


Celebrate the 10th Anniversary of The Polar Express 3D at the Tennessee Aquarium IMAX Theater

PolarExperiencing this holiday tale on the giant six-story screen has become a family tradition for many. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks upon a journey of self-discovery showing him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe. Audiences are drawn into this immersive film, grasping at falling snowflakes, ducking as the train screeches into their lap and feeling the howl of the steam whistle in surround sound.

PJs and The Polar Express! 
Friday, December 19   |   9:30 – 11:45 am
Choo! Choo! All aboard the Polar Express for a trip to the North Pole! Begin winter break in a leisurely style. Dress in your favorite pajamas and enjoy a special screening of The Polar Express 3D. This is your chance to meet the Conductor, sip hot cocoa from Chattz on Market, and enjoy brunch muffins before the movie.  Register Now

Extend Your Holiday Fun Aboard the River Gorge Explorer

RGEWinter wonders abound aboard the River Gorge Explorer. Aquarium naturalists report more sightings of bald eagles in the Gorge as well as seasonal birds that only visit the area when it’s chilly outside. Fear not, fair-weather fans. The River Gorge Explorer is climate-controlled, so the weather inside is always comfortable. Escape the seasonal hustle and bustle with a relaxing trip into Tennessee’s Grand Canyon.  Click here for cruise times and to purchase tickets online

Winter Wildlife Cruise, "Eagle Eyes" 
Sunday, December 28     |      2:00 – 4:00 PM 
It’s prime time to watch for the arrival of wintering Bald Eagles in the our area! With the leaves fallen down and the eagle population soaring up, viewing is even better on the river from the vantage of the River Gorge Explorer's observation deck. Bring your binoculars and dress appropriately for an eye-full of our national mascot. Register Now.

Fishing for that Perfect Present?

GiftYou can’t gift-wrap a penguin, but you CAN give family and friends the gift of a year’s worth of fun visiting thousands of amazing animals. Aquarium memberships help families reconnect and have fun with annual unlimited visits. In addition, members get discounts on: IMAX and River Gorge Explorer tickets, special events, gift shop purchases and travel adventures. So giving an Aquarium membership is a gift that really keeps giving. Purchase an Aquarium family membership gift certificate online or by phone at 423-267-FISH (3474).

The Tennessee Aquarium’s online gift shop makes holiday shopping fun and easy. We have a wide variety of unique t-shirts, mugs, books, jewelry and much more. Visit our online gift shop to find that perfect gift today! 

More Holiday Fun!

Ice Skating Downtown

A couple of Tennessee Aquarium penguins laced up their skates and hit the ice for some fun in downtown Chattanooga. Watch them make their way around the rink and even start an icy Conga line! Ice on the Landing is located at Ross' Landing this holiday season through January 4. 

Special Holiday Music

Paul Vogler will perform special holiday music with a Caribbean vibe Nov. 28th & 29th and again on Dec. 26th & 27th. Look for him in Ocean Journey from 11am to 3:30pm. Kids can jam along with Vogler’s lively steel drum performances. They are invited to be part of his “Recycle Band.” Here’s a sample of Vogler performing at the Tennessee Aquarium on a summer day:

Make the most out of your holiday visit by downloading the FREE Tennessee Aquarium app from Android or the iTunes Store. Get reminders about daily programs, IMAX showtimes and more!

The Tennessee Aquarium is Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day

Special thanks to our Holidays Under the Peaks sponsors: