Sea of Lights celebration begins Nov. 30

The Sea of Lights at the Oregon Coast Aquarium kicks off on Nov. 30. The annual celebration takes place every Friday and Saturday through December. (Photo courtesy of the Oregon Coast Aquarium)

The Oregon Coast Aquarium invites people to illuminate their holiday season by joining in the annual Sea of Lights celebration.

Sea of Lights is the largest holiday light display on the central Oregon coast. It features more than half a million colorful lights, live music and holiday decorations, while giving people the change to explore the aquarium after-hours. Scuba Santa will be busy granting holiday wishes, diving the aquarium exhibits, and posing for photos with guests.

This family-friendly event kicks off with a special celebration on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission to this first Friday and Saturday of Sea of Lights is $2, plus two cans of nonperishable food. Entry is $10 per person without donation. Admission is free for aquarium members, but they are encouraged to bring an item to donate. People may also donate pet food or new, unwrapped children's toys for the Newport Salvation Army Toy Drive in place of a food donation.

Sea of Lights will continue to illuminate the aquarium every Friday and Saturday of December from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Admission is $10 or free with same day paid admission.

This year’s Sea of Lights is sponsored by Walmart. Customers that spend more than $100 at Walmart’s Newport location will receive a voucher for one free admission to Sea of Lights. The offer is valid while supplies last, and certain dates are subject to blackout (see store for details). Attendees using a voucher are encouraged, but not required, to make a food or toy donation.

The aquarium is open every day, except Dec. 25, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For tickets and more information, visit or call 541-867-3474.

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