Yule-tide Pool Touch Tank, Scuba Claus among Aquar­ium's spe­cial pro­gram­ming dur­ing Hol­i­days Un­der the Peaks.

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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.

CON­TRIB­UTED PHOTO

A gi­ant Pa­cific oc­to­pus plays with an in­ver­te­brate-friendly Christ­mas tree at the Ten­nessee Aquar­ium.

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