Celebrate Christmas in Hawaii
If you find yourself in Waikiki for the holidays, make sure to take part in its annual traditions! From a photo with Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele during Honolulu City Lights to dazzling boat parades, celebrate the season with these events around Oahu.
Winter Wishes: A Holiday Festival
Nov. 29 through Dec. 24
An ice skating rink, musical entertainment, gingerbread house displays and local vendors will set up at the Hawaii Convention Center this year, offering an indoor, winter wonderland of sorts. A portion of ticket proceeds will support childhood literacy in Hawaii schools in partnership with Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation. The Hawaii Convention Center is located at 1801 Kalakaua Ave. in Honolulu. Buy tickets.
Waikiki Holiday Parade
Nov. 29 at 7pm
Commemorating the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Waikiki Holiday Parade will have 4,000 in a procession that honors the survivors of Pearl Harbor and our veterans. Local Hawaiian bands, marching bands from the mainland, military units, local officials and dignitaries will head down a torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue, starting at the Saratoga Road intersection at 7pm. The parade ends at Queen Kapiolani Park.
Santa Visits Waikiki Beach
Every year, Santa Claus takes a short trip to Waikiki Beach before his busy work shift on Christmas Eve. Watch the big man arrive to Waikiki via canoe, where he’ll be greeted by the Keiki Hula group. Bring your camera – the photos of this event are priceless.
Honolulu City Lights
Dec. 7 through Jan. 1
Back for its 35th year, Honolulu City Lights at Honolulu Hale is a month-long show of light displays and family-friendly activities, including a festive parade and tree lighting ceremony. Kick off the start of the season a block party on Punchbowl Street on Dec. 7. Try holiday foodstuffs from local vendors, shop souvenirs, and see the Electric Light Parade leading up to the big event: the tree lighting ceremony. Honolulu Hale located on 530 S. King St. in downtown Honolulu. See details.
Festival of Lights Boat Parade
Dec. 7 at 3pm
Parades aren’t limited to the land in Hawaii. Don’t miss out on the 23rd 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, Hawaii Kai Towne Center and the Kai Shopping Center.
Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 21-22, 7am-11am
Start a holiday tradition for your ohana in the newly renovated Alohilani Ballroom, located at the ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach at 2490 Kalakaua Ave. Guests will enjoy a traditional breakfast buffet with a full array of holiday festivities for the family – keiki photos with Santa, cookie decorating with Mrs. Claus, face painting, bouncy castle, live entertainment and more! See event info.
Christmas Brunch at Lychee
Dec. 25, 9am-3pm
Enjoy an extensive Christmas brunch at Lycee at 'Alohilani Resort this Christmas day. Brunch will be served from 9am to 3pm; see menu. Lock it in by reserving your table ahead of time.
New Year’s Eve Bash at 'Alohilani Resort
Dec. 31, 8pm-2am
Ring in the New Year at the 'Alohilani Resort’s Swell Bar and Pool Deck, Longboard Club and O Bar! The areas will be transformed into a whimsical Arabian fantasy filled with secret surprises. Stylish attire required, 21+. For inquiries email email@example.com or call 808.258.7471. 'Alohilani Resort is located at 2490 Kalakaua Ave.
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