Happy Holidays

Celebrate the season with Shedd Aquarium!

A Holiday Fantasea

Shedd Aquarium’s must-see aquatic show, A Holiday Fantasea is back – and this year a few lucky audience members will get to meet a dolphin. See dolphins leap, hear beluga whales sing and watch a sea lion dance —and Santa makes a special appearance! Celebrate the season at Shedd.

A Holiday Fantasea begins on Nov. 29. View our showtimes (PDF).

A Holiday Fantasea plays throughout the week, and alternates with our aquatic show One World: Make a Difference. Check with the info desk on the day of your arrival to find out what show will be playing that day.

The Polar Express 4-D Experience

Enjoy a holiday classic in a new way with The Polar Express 4-D Experience! The movie has been transformed into a magical 15-minute 4-D feature. When a doubting young boy takes an extraordinary train ride to the North Pole, he embarks on a journey of self-discovery that shows him that the wonder of life never fades for those who believe.

The Polar Express 4-D Experience runs from Nov. 29 through Dec. 24.

Showtimes: 10:15 a.m., 11:15 a.m., 12:15 p.m., 12:30 p.m., 1:15 p.m., 1:30 p.m., 2:15 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

On days when Shedd Aquarium is open after 5:00 p.m., there are additional shows at 4:15 p.m. and 5:15 p.m.

THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Shedd Holiday Breakfasts

Join one our Shedd holiday breakfasts, featuring The Polar Express 4-D Experience and our new aquatic show, A Holiday Fantasea!

Enjoy a buffet, private viewing of the 15-minute The Polar Express 4-D Experience and a drawing for special prizes. Guests will then visit Shedd's children's exhibit, the Polar Play Zone, to take a photo with Santa and receive a gift. The event ends with reserved seats to A Holiday Fantasea.

All Holiday Breakfast dates are now sold out.

Info for guests:
All breakfasts begin at 8 a.m. This program also includes admission to the aquarium.

Nonmembers: $49.95 for adults, $39.95 for children (ages 3-11)
Shedd members: $44.95 for adults, $34.95 for children (ages 3-11)

Register online!

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THE POLAR EXPRESS and all related characters and elements are trademarks of and © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc.

Holiday Gifts

Shedd has something for everyone on your holiday gift list. Give the gift of Shedd with an annual membership, a beluga encounter, a penguin encounter, a Trainer for a Day experience, or a behind-the-scenes tour. And shop Shedd's gift stores and online store for an incredible variety of aquatic-themed gifts, from stocking stuffers to that perfect present, for children and adults.

Find out more about holiday gift options at Shedd.

Wreath-cycled Classroom Activity
Chicago area students can help deck the halls at Shedd Aquarium this holiday season! Classes can work together to create a wreath made of recycled materials that are on display as part of Shedd’s holiday décor.

Find out more!

Extended Holiday hours

9 a.m. to 8 p.m. - Dec. 26-30

Tips for a Great Visit

The holidays are a popular time to visit Shedd Aquarium.Use our tips for a great visit to help you plan your day!

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