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Celebrate Christmas in Hawai‘i in 2021

December 7th, 2021 Attractions & Events
Celebrate Christmas in Hawai‘i in 2021

If you find yourself in Waikiki for the holidays, make sure to take part in its annual traditions! From a photo with Shaka Santa to the dazzling Festival of Lights Boat Parade, here are our favorite ways to celebrate Christmas in Hawai‘i in 2021.

Although we strive to provide the most current information, 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. According to the “Safe Access O‘ahu” program, all patrons must show proof of full vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test result in order to enter restaurants, bars, museums, and other similar establishments.

Elf, the Musical at Diamond Head Theatre

Now through Dec. 23

Visit the “Broadway of the Pacific” for a live and on-stage performance of Elf, the Musical. Inspired by the classic 2003 film starring Will Ferrell, Elf tells the story of Buddy, a human living amongst his fellow elves in the North Pole, and his journey to NYC to discover his true identity. Buy tickets.

Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

Now through Dec. 26

‘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. Buy tickets.

Honolulu City Lights

Now through Jan. 2, 2022

Back for its 37th 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 displays, and the city’s 50-foot, fully decorated Christmas tree. Honolulu Hale is located at 530 S. King St. in downtown Honolulu. See details.

Santa Visits Waikiki Beach

Early December

Every year, Santa Claus takes a short trip to Waikiki Beach before his busy work shift on Christmas Eve. Watch the big man arrive in Waikiki via outrigger canoe, where he’s often greeted by hula dancers. Bring your camera – the photos of this event are priceless.

Festival of Lights Boat Parade

Dec. 11 from 6 - 8:30 p.m.

Parades aren’t limited to the land in Hawai‘i. Don’t miss out on the 24th Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade in Honolulu. Locals go all-out on creativity when it comes to “decking the hulls.” This year’s event will pass the Koko Marina Center, Hawai‘i Kai Towne Center, and the Kai Shopping Center.

Jingle Rock Ride

Dec. 12 from 5:30 - 9 p.m.

This year’s Jingle Rock Run will once again be a Jingle Rock Ride! See the best holiday lights on the island on a self-guided tour of O‘ahu’s festively decorated neighborhoods. Enjoy the annual family-friendly holiday event from the safety of your own car from 5:30 - 9 p.m. and be sure to vote for your favorite decorations. Proceeds benefit local keiki with critical illnesses. Buy tickets.

Christmas Brunch at Lychee

Dec. 25 from 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Enjoy an extensive Christmas brunch buffet at Lychee at 'Alohilani Resort this Christmas day. Brunch will be served from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; see menu. Lock it in by reserving your table ahead of time. The Christmas events at 'Alohilani Resort don’t stop there. Check out their calendar for more holiday events like Merry Malasadas & Mimosas at Longboard Club (Dec. 20 - Jan. 2, 2022), Jingle & Mingle at SWELL (Dec. 20 - Jan. 2, 2022), Hot Cocoa at O Bar (Dec. 24 - Jan. 2, 2022), and Christmas at SWELL (Dec. 25).

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