Holiday Happenings are Fun, Colorful and Plentiful at Ripley’s Attractions Coast to Coast

ORLANDO, Fla. (Nov. 21, 2011) – A visit to one of Ripley’s family attractions through the end of December promises to be both a memorable and colorful experience. Whether it’s a visit to where Santa sits on YOUR lap to a ride through the nation’s oldest city on the Big Ride Christmas Train, Ripley Entertainment is rolling out the red and green carpet from coast to coast.  Here’s a sampling:

St. Augustine, Florida 

Enjoy Saint Augustine’s magical Nights of Lights decorations from Ripley’s Big Red Christmas Train.  Enjoy holiday spirit, classic Christmas music and great family fun on your journey.

Your train ticket will include FREE magical viewing glasses and admission to Santa’s Village and Toy Workshop, where children can create holiday crafts, receive a gift from Santa, play games, take home a cup of snow and enjoy a snack.  For an additional $1, you can add a round of mini golf at “Prancer’s Putt-Putt.”

Dates: Through January 4. (Closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Eve) Hours: Sunday – Thursday, 6 to 8 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: $7 for adults, $3 for children 3-11.

Inside Santa’s Village, the  jolly old elf himself will appear nightly.  Fun for kids of all ages, and free with your Red Train ticket for Nights of Lights.

Dates: December 2-3, 9-10, 16-17 & 23-24 from 6 to 9 p.m. Cost: Free with Red Train ticket purchase.

Bayfront Mini Golf is going all North Pole this year through January 2. Prancer has taken a break and is enjoying this holiday themed mini golf course. You may even spot our automated Santa taking a stroke or two. You can add it on to a train tour for only $1 or pay the regular price and enjoy the holiday version of our Bayfront mini-golf course.

Florida Resident Appreciation Days runs from December 1 – 20. All Florida residents will get into ALL of our attractions at 50% off. This includes ghost, trains, museum and golf.  Residents must show proof of residency by presenting either a local photo ID, or a power bill in their name.

Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach

Come celebrate the Festival of Trees at Ripley’s Aquarium of Myrtle Beach . More than 50 trees will be on display throughout the aquarium and adorned in unique ornaments, representing the great diversity of the United States.

Another great festival feature is the Ripley’s Holiday Tree Scavenger Hunt, a unique tree trivia game, available at no charge from the Guest Service desk.  This facts-based game always gets guests shouting out the answers and testing their knowledge about the state trees.

Festival of Trees is included with regular aquarium admission!

Dates:   Through Dec. 31. Hours: The aquarium is open daily at 9 a.m. including Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Special Offer: Spend $17 or more in our Feeding Frenzy restaurant and you will receive a FREE Holiday ORNAMENT while supplies last through Christmas Day.

On New Year’s Eve kids can enjoy a sleepover at the Myrtle Beach Aquarium. From 8 p.m. until 8 a.m., kids 6 to 12 years old will enjoy a fun filled night with for only $69.99 per child, reservations are required so don’t wait because it fills up fast.

To make a reservation, call 1-800-734-8888, ext. 3226.

Ripley’s Aquarium of the Smokies

You’ll have the opportunity to enjoy Gatllinburg’s Largest Musical Christmas Tree, featuring a 5-Story Tall Musical Light Show through January 1.

Experience the 12 Days of Christmas – every Friday and Saturday before Christmas. In addition, there are special events happening every weekend.  Find out more at our web site or call 888-240-1358.

Looking for a unique way to ring in the New Year? Celebrate at the 11th annual Dance with the Sharks New Year’s Eve party. Dance, eat and party throughout the aquarium from 9 p.m. until 1 a.m. It’s only $149.99 plus tax per couple, or $79.99 plus tax for a single person. Reserve tickets online now!


Ripley’s Believe it or Not! Times Square

“Reverse Santa” Returns to Ripley’s Believe It or Not! Times Square in New York City this Holiday Season.

Ripley’s own very small “Reverse Santa” will sit on visitor’s laps this December creating an out-of-the-ordinary holiday family photo.

“Reverse Santa” photos will be available each Saturday from Noon to 7 p.m., December 3 through December 24, as well as December 26 through 29.

Guests to the Odditorium will have the opportunity to take a variety of fun holiday shots with “Reverse Santa.”  Individual prints, key chains and magnets can be purchased on site at Ripley’s Times Square, as well as a CD to create personalized holiday cards or share online with friends.


Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco

Join Ripley’s Believe It or Not!  and the San Francisco Fire Fighters Toy Program in spreading holiday cheer to more than 40,000 disadvantaged children this Holiday Season throughout the Bay Area.

Make a difference and experience the newly reopened Ripley’s Believe It or Not! San Francisco at the same time!

Bring in two unwrapped toys to donate between November 28 through December 15, and you will receive one free Combination ticket (Museum + Mirror Maze) with the purchase of one Combination ticket of equal or less value.

Great Gift Ideas!

Ripley’s books make great gifts. Strikingly True, the all new 8th Ripley’s Believe it or Not! annual is packed with more than 500 incredible and unusual photos that bring the incredible world of Ripley’s to life! Buy it now on Amazon or at your favorite book store.

For our young readers, Ripleys Twist series are now available as iBooks! This series will delight every inquisitive child with its mix of clear core factual information and Ripley’s stories and images about the weird and wacky in our world today.

For up to date additions to this list, please visit Ripley’s Holiday Page!


Tim O’Brien
VP Communications
Ripley Entertainment Inc.
615-646-7465 – office
615-496-5949 – cell

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