Catch Scuba Santa, Christmas Shows and Holiday Cheer on the Delaware River
Throughout the season, New Jersey’s Delaware River Region overflows with holiday excitement. Cruise over to the Camden Waterfront for Adventure Aquarium’s family-favorite Christmas Underwater event. Then, mix and mingle your visit with additional attractions, dining and shopping in Camden and surrounding towns.
Enjoy Christmas Underwater at the Adventure Aquarium
From November 26 through December 24, 2021, plunge into unbe-reef-able, under-the-sea holiday fun at the Adventure Aquarium in Camden. Christmas Underwater returns for its 13th season, bringing a holly-jolly array of activities.
Scuba Santa is back, diving in Ocean Realm with sharks, sea turtles, stingrays and other fishy friends. He’ll appear in the Panoramic Window to wave hello to kids of all ages! Share your good wishes—and wish list—with him by dropping your letter in the on-site mailbox.
Be awed by the world’s largest underwater Christmas light display, featuring the world’s tallest underwater Christmas tree (over 18 feet tall and nearly 2,000 pounds!) and eight sparkling miniature underwater trees. Watch new, playfully educational live shows Fishmas Traditions and Merry Fishmas, Boris!, plus Does It Snow in the Ocean? and local choir performances. Revel in snowfalls in the Rotunda, aquarium-wide décor and special retail and café offerings.
Year-round, Adventure Aquarium wows with 15,000+ aquatic animals, like the Northeast’s largest collection of sharks, the world’s only aquarium-dwelling hippos and popular little blue penguins and African penguins.
Christmas Underwater is included with daily tickets and memberships. Advance purchase or member reservations are strongly recommended, as tickets may not be available at the door due to hourly capacity limits. Book your visit today!
Unwrap Camden’s Other Riverside Delights
While in Camden, be inspired by art exhibitions, programs and community projects at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. Explore the Battleship New Jersey, a floating museum that’s the largest and most decorated battleship in U.S. Naval history. The truly interactive tours will have you climbing into the 16” gun turret, navigating narrow passageways and more, as crews did in World War II, Korea and Vietnam.
Discover several locations on New Jersey’s Black Heritage Trip Itineraries, such as an Underground Railroad stop, LaUnique African American Bookstore & Cultural Arts Center and Corinne’s Place, a family-owned favorite dishing up soul food classics.
Check off two restaurants on the Anthony Bourdain Food Trail. Donkey’s Place cooks up a cheesesteak Bourdain claimed “should be a national landmark,” while Tony & Ruth’s Steaks serves lip-smacking cheesesteaks and breakfast sandwiches.
More to Love, Close By in Collingswood
Charming Collingswood transforms into a winter wonderland with holiday festivities including parades, singers and snow downtown, free visits with Santa and more than a quarter-million lights twinkling along tree-lined streets. On December 17-19, the Scottish Rite Auditorium stages The Nutcracker ballet.
Collingswood offers restaurants and shops like Bespoke home + life, Blue Moon Premium Olive Oil & Vinegar, The Candy Jar by 1892, Clutter Vintage and Cynplicity Artisan Soap Co. Or, create a truly unique gift for a loved one at All Fired Up, the paint your own pottery studio.
Happy Holidays from Haddonfield and Haddon Township
In Haddonfield, stroll a picturesque downtown and greet Haddy, the landmark sculpture commemorating the world’s first nearly complete dinosaur skeleton, a Hadrosaurus foulkii unearthed here in 1858. It’s one of many outdoor sculptures—spot them all on this self-guided walking tour.
Eclectic shopping spans Button Shy (a publisher of pocket-sized games), The English Gardener Gift Shop (specializes in British Isles items), Happy Hippo Toys and Haddonfield Record Exchange. Dine and/or drink at places such as Crepe N Shake, Jersey Java & Tea Co., Downtown Cookies and Kings Road Brewing Company.
Bring your little elves to Ritz Theatre Company (Haddon Township) for the brand-new Ritz Kidz musical production of Rudolph Meets Frosty (December 17-18). Then try Peace Love Pickles, the “real dill” home of the original pickle sandwich, which uses pickles instead of bread!
Or, head to The Pour House (Westmont location) for more of a rocker vibe, complemented by elevated gastropub fare, a seasonal menu and a hearty craft beer selection.
Sweet Gatherings in Cherry Hill and Pitman
Cherry Hill provides lots of fun places to be together, including the Amazing Escape Room, Bury the Hatchet axe throwing and the Forgotten Boardwalk Brewing taproom. Dine at local favorites Amy's Omelette House and Silver Diner. And of course, score loads of gifts—and get your annual photo with Santa—at Cherry Hill Mall.
Settle Here for a Long Winter’s Nap
Select from the area’s great accommodations, like Hilton Garden Inn Camden Waterfront Philadelphia, Crowne Plaza Philadelphia-Cherry Hill and The Inn on Holly (Pitman), a Victorian home turned festive bed and breakfast.