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Celebrate Christmas with the "Oddwater" Fishes at the Oregon Coast Aquarium
Newport

Oregon Coast Aquarium SantaThe Oregon Coast Aquarium will be decked out for the holidays surrounded by a sea of twinkling lights, offering Dinner with Santa and unique gift ideas. The 17th Annual Sea of Lights is a festive holiday celebration Friday and Saturday, December 4 and 5, 2009 - from 6:30 to 9:00 pm both evenings. A tradition for many families, visitors come from all over the region during the holiday season to visit the Aquarium, shop and spend time together at the beach. The entire Aquarium will be adorned with holiday decorations, a large Christmas tree and thousands of colorful lights.

Admission to the Sea of Lights is two items of food for Food Share of Lincoln County, or a new unwrapped toy, or pet food for the Lincoln County Animal Shelter or $2 for adults and $1 for kids. Admission is free to members.

“We put up about three miles of lights,” said Bob Llewellyn, Aquarium Grounds Manager. “We are going to LED’s each time we replace a new string, to slowly replace the old standard minis. LEDs use 8 or 10 times less electricity than the standard lights. Llewellyn said there will be a big lighted tree in the lobby, lots of lighted small trees and many lights outdoors. “Don't forget, said Llewellyn, “we’ll also have lots of lovely wreaths, swags and garlands!”

At the Sea of Lights, guests will enjoy face painting, holiday music and a visit with Santa while parents snap photos. After visiting with Santa, guests can stroll through a sea of twinkling lights to the sounds of music, the Youth and Adult Handbell Choirs, the Coastalaires and Women of Note. The gift shop will be open with holiday displays and gift ideas. Visitors can look at pets that are available for adoption on the “Pet Christmas Tree” from the Lincoln County Animal Shelter. A bake sale will be offered and a children’s craft will take place in the classroom.

This is a perfect opportunity to have a wonderful Christmas experience, finish your Christmas shopping and see the "Oddwater" Exhibit before itswims away...

“Our goal with Oddwater is to create a fresh, illuminative, and somewhat odd look that we haven't seen before,” said Jim Burke, Aquarium Director of Animal Husbandry.  “The concept originated well over a year ago from two members of the Animal Husbandry Team, Kevin Clifford and Warren Shead, and evolved into an extraordinary mixed media exhibit.”

Colorful blown art glass pieces, created by artists at The Edge Art Gallery in South Beach, are inside all of the displays, complementing the strange creatures of Oddwater. “We have created a stunning and educational fusion of two very different things, art and aquaria,” said Burke.  “The glass art was created specifically for each display based on the actual habitat structures and the requirements of the animals.”

The Oregon Coast Aquarium

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