Winter Waterland at OdySea Aquarium

Scottsdale – Ho Ho Ho!  Tis the season to get professional photos with the Valley’s only “Tropical Santa” and his feathered penguin friends—all part of the festive holiday events of Winter Waterland at OdySea Aquarium!

Eager children and their families can experience the joy and magic of meeting Santa as he chills in the area’s most relaxed atmosphere: OdySea Aquarium!  What’s better than a photo with a Tropical Santa dressed in his best holiday Hawaiian shirt, sitting by an inviting beachy backdrop? A photo that includes an African penguin too!! Children can whisper wishes to Santa while mesmerized by the complete cuteness of a live penguin right before their eyes. OdySea Aquarium’s professional photographers will capture the special moment from 8 a.m. – noon each weekend beginning on Dec. 7 through December 23!

“One of the great traditions of the holidays is posing for photos with Santa, but here at OdySea Aquarium we’ve got Santa on his down-time—relaxed and laid-back—hanging with his cool penguin pals,” said Greg Charbeneau. “Parents everywhere cherish their children’s Santa photos year after year, but nothing will compare to a photo with Tropical Santa and a live African penguin!”

The Tropical Santa/Penguin photo sessions are available for only $15 online at, where parents/families can choose their photo session time and guarantee a slot for their family. Guests can also buy their admission ticket online together with their session selection. (Admission is required for the photo opportunity.)  As a special bonus, anyone that books online will have an opportunity to get into OdySea Aquarium at 8 a.m. before the general public at 9 a.m.

Day-of photos are also available at OdySea Aquarium for $20 but will be based on availability that day. The photo package includes all digital images captured during the magical moment every family meets Tropical Santa and an adorable penguin.  Specific dates for Tropical Santa/Penguin photo sessions are Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 14-15; and Friday–Monday, Dec. 20-23.