“When Can You Meet Santa Claus at the Shedd Aquarium?” by S.M. O’Connor

      For the first time this year, visitors to the John G. Shedd Aquarium can meet Santa Claus at the Abbot Oceanarium’s Beluga Overlook.  Kris Kringle will be accompanied by a professional photographer who will take digital photographs.  The Santa meet-and-greet is an add-on to Shedd Admission at $19.95 per person ($14.95 for Members).  Children two and younger (in other words, infants and toddlers) get in free with a paying adult.  Digital images are included with the package.  Click here to purchase tickets and here to become a Member.  If you would like printed photographs, you can also purchase them at a fee of $5 per photo.  With your purchase of a Santa at Shedd package add-on, you can also attend an exclusive presentation of Polar Express 4D, get reserved seating for an aquatic presentation, enjoy a 10% discount at the Shedd stores, and get $1 off a Freestyle Coca-Cola beverage with any purchase in the Bubble Net food court.  The first available date was December 1st and the next available date is today, Friday, December 6, 2019.  Subsequently, your family can see Kris Kringle at the Shedd Aquarium on these dates in Advent: December 7th, 8th, 13th, 14th, 15th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.  

SANTA AT SHEDD DATES FOR 2019 ADVENT

Which Weekend in AdventDates
First Weekend in AdventSunday, December 1, 2019  
Second Weekend in AdventFriday, December 6, 2019
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Sunday, December 8, 2019  
Third Weekend in AdventFriday, December 13, 2019
Saturday, December 14, 2019
Sunday, December 15, 2019  
Fourth Weekend in AdventFriday, December 20, 2019
Saturday, December 21, 2019
Sunday, December 22, 2019
Monday, December 23, 2019  

      Since September, I have written about similar events taking place this Advent at the Kenneth C. Griffin Museum of Science and Industry down in the Chicago Park District’s Jackson Park in Hyde Park; the Lincoln Park Zoo up in the Chicago Park District’s Lincoln Park in Lincoln Park; the Brookfield Zoo in west suburban Brookfield, Illinois; and The Morton Arboretum in southwest suburban Lisle, Illinois.  Note that the 2nd Annual Breakfast with Santa at Lincoln Park Zoo is sold out.

      The Shedd Aquarium is a Smithsonian Affiliate.  It is located on the Museum Campus in the Chicago Park District’s Burnham Park in downtown Chicago, along the scenic lakeshore, due east of the Chicago Park District’s Grant Park.  Normally, the Shedd Aquarium is open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. during the workweek (Mondays through Fridays) and from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on weekends (Saturdays and Sundays).    Click here for updates on hours.  The last ticket sale is forty-five minutes before closing.

      The address is 1200 South Lake Shore Drive, Chicago, Illinois 60605.  The Website is https://www.sheddaquarium.org.  The phone number is (312) 939-2438.

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