For Immediate Release: November 15, 2023
Contact: Geoff Spillane
Atlantic White Shark Conservancy Hosts Holiday Celebrations
at Shark Center Chatham
Jawesome Jaw-lidays festivities include visits with Santa Claus, children’s story hours,
holiday displays, and sales on AWSC merchandise
Cape Cod, Mass. – The Atlantic White Shark Conservancy (AWSC) celebrates the holiday season with a full lineup of “Jawesome Jaw-lidays” events through mid-December at Shark Center Chatham.
Visitors of all ages are invited to celebrate the season at the festively decorated Shark Center Chatham to enjoy holiday displays, shop for AWSC merchandise, explore exhibits and even visit with Santa Claus to make holiday wish list requests. The AWSC will also be accepting donations of new children’s winter clothing to benefit the Chatham Children’s Fund.
The 2023 AWSC holiday schedule includes the following events:
- Shop Local at Shark Center Chatham
- Saturday, November 25 and Sunday, November 26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
- A post-Thanksgiving shopping event featuring a sale on merchandise at the AWSC museum store. The museum will also be open this weekend for self-guided tours. There is no admission fee required to visit the museum store, but admission is required to visit museum exhibits and pre-registration is encouraged.
- Visits With Santa at Shark Center Chatham
- Saturday, December 9 and Saturday, December 16 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
When: Saturday, December 2 and Saturday, December 16 from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.
What: This 45-minute AWSC education program is targeted toward children aged 3 to 6 and includes the reading of a Christmas-themed story, singing of a Christmas-themed song and a holiday activity. When purchasing a ticket, please note that children must be accompanied by an adult, and tickets are required for all adults and children.
There will also be special post-Thanksgiving promotions for AWSC merchandise on the organization’s social media channels, including Facebook and Instagram.
“We’ve decked the Shark Center Chatham halls and look forward to welcoming everyone this holiday season to our festive, family friendly Jawesome Jaw-lidays celebrations,” said Ann Emerson, Shark Center Chatham Manager. “Many of our Jawesome Jaw-lidays events sell out quickly, so I strongly encourage online pre-registration to reserve a space.”
Admission for Jawesome Jaw-lidays events is $10.00 per person aged 6 and up, and $8.00 for active members of the military. Children aged 5 and under are free. Advance registration information can be found here.
Shark Center Chatham is located at 235 Orleans Road, North Chatham.
About the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy:
Since 2013, AWSC has worked in collaboration with shark science experts, community partners, public and government officials, researchers, donors, friends and followers to augment scientific research, improve factors that affect public safety, and educate both the local and broader community to inspire a greater understanding of white sharks and conservation of the species.
AWSC has supported multiple long-term research projects conducted by scientists from Canada to Florida that seek to increase our collective knowledge of white sharks, including a key population study that began in June 2014. Through AWSC's public education programs that reach thousands of young people each year, the nonprofit provides science-based, hands-on learning opportunities that have lasting impact. Every season, thousands of Cape Cod residents and visitors from across the country learn about white shark research and shark conservation at AWSC's Shark Centers in Chatham and Provincetown, Mass.
- Santa Claus, an AWSC special guest, will be available to meet children, hear about their holiday wish lists and share some of his “sharky” knowledge. There will be timed entry every 30 minutes for crowd control and pre-registration is required.