Celebrate Christmas in Hawai‘i in 2020
If you find yourself in Waikiki for the holidays, make sure to take part in its annual traditions! Christmas is going to look a lot different this year. Regularly scheduled events like the Waikiki Holiday Parade and the Festival of Lights Christmas Boat Parade are taking the year off. That being said, there are still quite a few holiday happenings around the island. Here are five ways to celebrate Christmas in Hawai‘i in 2020.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, due to COVID-19, attractions and events mentioned may be closed or cancelled without notice. We recommend checking individual attractions for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting. Please travel responsibly and follow mask requirements and social distancing procedures when visiting.
Mele Kalikimaka, Honolulu! at Diamond Head Theatre
Dec. 4 through Dec. 20
Visit the “Broadway of the Pacific” for a live and on-stage performance of songs of the season. The show recreates the glory of Christmas past, replete with festive sights and songs from Andy Williams to Mariah Carey. Mele Kalikimaka will be performed as a one-hour show with socially distanced seating. Buy tickets.
Spot the Elf at Ward Village
Take the keiki to South Shore Marketplace in Ala Moana from 3 - 6 p.m. to pose with Santa’s elves inside their magical bubbles then search for hidden elves throughout the shops and restaurants. Share your photos at #spottheelfatward to be entered to win a free holiday gift card. Other photo opportunities include extra-large toy soldiers on Dec. 12th and living holiday topiaries decked out with lights and ornaments on the 19th. See details.
Honolulu City Lights
Dec. 9 through Dec. 27
Back for its 36th year, Honolulu City Lights at Honolulu Hale is a month-long show of drive-by viewing displays and online family-friendly activities. This year, the scaled-down celebration will feature appearances by Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele, seasonal decorations, and the city’s 50-foot, fully decorated Christmas tree. Honolulu Hale is located at 530 S. King St. in downtown Honolulu.
Holiday Lights Trolley Tour
Dec. 9 through Dec. 27
‘Tis the season to be trolley! Hop aboard the Waikiki Trolley’s Holiday Lights Trolley Tour and enjoy holiday lights around the Honolulu Hale area. The festively decorated double decker open-air bus will have Christmas songs and stories. The nightly tour begins and ends at Ward Village. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Hawai‘i Foodbank. Buy tickets.
Jingle Rock Ride
This year’s Jingle Rock Run will be a Jingle Rock Ride! See the best holiday lights on the island on a self-guided tour of Oahu’s festively decorated neighborhoods. Join the annual family-friendly holiday event from the safety of your own car from 5:30 - 8 p.m. and be sure to vote for your favorite decorations. Buy tickets.
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