Yule-tide Pool Touch Tank, Scuba Claus among Aquarium's special programming during Holidays Under the Peaks.
The Tennessee Aquarium has no reindeer to entertain visitors during the holiday season, but don’t think the reptiles, octopus and opossum can’t rise to the occasion.
Throughout t he season, the aquarium’s slate of daily Extraordinary Experiences — such as animal programs, handson encounters and dive shows — will continue uninterrupted. But during Holidays Under the Peaks, even more daily programs will roll out every two weeks, including:
› An opossum program at 1: 30 p. m. in the River Journey Lobby ( Level 1) from Friday, Nov. 18, through Friday, Dec. 2.
› A reptile program at 1: 30 p.m. in the River Journey Delta (Level 3) from Saturday, Dec. 3, through Saturday, Dec. 17.
› An octopus program at 1:30 p.m. in Ocean Journey (Level 2) from Sunday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 1.
Guests also will be able to get nose to shell with horseshoe crabs, lightning whelks, crown conchs and top crown snails, as well as other aquatic beauties in the mobile Yule- tide Pool Touch Tank on the fourth floor of Ocean Journey.
As usual, Scuba Claus will slip on his fins and don his respirator for dives into the Nickajack Lake and River Giants exhibits Saturdays and Sundays from Nov. 19 to Dec. 18.
In the adjacent Imax Theater, guests may view “Jerusalem 3D” throughout the holiday season. Daily screenings begin Friday, Nov. 18. “The Polar Express” will be shown on Christmas Eve, Saturday, Dec. 24.
Other events i nclude an after- hours Caroling with the Fishes on Sunday, Dec. 4.
A giant Pacific octopus plays with an invertebrate-friendly Christmas tree at the Tennessee Aquarium.