If you find yourself in Waikiki for the holidays, take part in its annual traditions! From a photo with Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele to the festival of lights boat parade, celebrate the season with these events around Oahu.
December. 1 through January. 1, 2019
Back for its 34th year, Honolulu City Lights at Honolulu Hale is a month of light displays and family-friendly activities, including a parade and holiday concert near Sky Gate. Kick off the start of the season with the event’s block party on Punchbowl Street. Try holiday foodstuffs from local vendors, shop souvenirs, and see the Electric Light Parade leading up to the big event: the tree lighting ceremony. Special holiday concert to follow. See details.
Mid-November through mid-January
From late November through mid January, Hawaii has a little Rockefeller Center of its own: an outdoor ice skating rink at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard, right across from Ala Moana Beach. The center will play host to a holiday ice rink, open daily. Do your holiday shopping and ice skate in paradise! For $15 guests can enjoy open-air skating, which includes skate rental (bring socks!).
November. 23, 7pm
Commemorating the attacks on Pearl Harbor, the Waikiki Holiday Parade will have 4,000 marchers that honor survivors and veterans. It’s set to start at 7pm at Saratoga Road and Kalakaua Avenue, ending at Queen Kapiolani Park.
December. 18 through 21, 2018
Join us the week before Christmas at the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel for fun, family-friendly, holiday activities with a Hawaiian touch during our very own Santa’s Workshop. Come for candy leis on Tuesday, Christmas cards and frames on Wednesday, cookies on Thursday, and seashell ornaments on Friday. The festivities start daily at 7:30am in the Lokahi Room and end at 9:30am.
December. 15, 3pm
Parades aren’t limited to the land in Hawaii. Don’t miss out on the 22nd 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. See details.
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.
Kick back and relax at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, just steps away from the beach. Our hotel is a mellow gateway to all the action of Kalakaua Avenue, Manoa Falls, and Diamond Head. See our special offers.