Nowhere in the USA is Christmas celebrated in such a unique way as in Hawaii. While much of the country dreams of a white Christmas with Santa bringing presents on his sleigh on Christmas Eve, in Hawaii, Santa often arrives on a surfboard or outrigger canoe and unless you're at the summit of Mauna Kea, you won't see snow or any cold weather.
The island of Oahu is full of holiday events from Thanksgiving throughout the month of December.
We'll be adding to this list as more events are brought to our attention. If you know of any we're missing, drop me an email at email@example.com.
Once again, for 2016, we have added a separate listing of holiday events in the Honolulu and Waikiki areas of Oahu which may be of particular interest for visitors to the island.
November 2016 Christmas Events on Oahu
November 19-20 - Santa Paws – 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. Subaru Hawaii is partnering up with the Hawaiian Humane Society this holiday season. As part of their annual Share the Love program, Subaru Hawaii is sponsoring the Pictures with Santa Paws event at the Hawaiian Humane Society, 2700 Waialae Avenue, Honolulu, where you and your pets, naughty or nice, can have your holiday photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Paws. $30 donation per sitting with a professional photographer and includes access to digital copies of the photos.
November 25 - Liliha/Palama Christmas Parade sponsored by Liliha Palama Business Association.
The event kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and is expected to have 100 marchers & 10 vehicles. It will start at the United Church of Christ, to Judd Street, to Liliha Street, to N. King Street, and end at Kohou Street.
November 25 - Kalihi Business Association Christmas Parade sponsored by Kalihi Business Association.
The event is expected to have 100 marchers, 16 vehicles, 2 floats and 2 bands. It will start at 5:30 p.m. at Kalihi Union Church, to North King Street, to Mokauea Street, to Dillingham Blvd., to Waiakamilo Road/Houghtailing Street, to N. School Street, and end at the Kam Shopping Center.
November 25 - Waikiki Holiday Parade sponsored by Gateway Music Festival & Tours/Superior Bands. The parade runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 4,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, & 38 bands. It will start at Saratoga Rd/Kalakaua Avenue to Kalakaua Ave, to Monsarrat Ave., to end at Queen Kapiolani Park. For more information, visit their website: http://www.musicfestivals.com
November 26 - Hawaii Kai Christmas Parade Sponsored by Hawaii Kai Lions Club, this event is expected to have 1,000 marchers, 25 vehicles, & 3 bands. It will start at 10:00 a.m. at Kamiloiki Park proceeding to Lunalilo Home Road, and ending at the Koko Marina Shopping Center at around 12:00 noon.
December 2016 Christmas Events on Oahu
TBA - Castle Medical Center's (CMC) 32ndt annual Community Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Things will kickoff with a Christmas concert by the Marine Forces Pacific Band at 6:15 p.m. which will be followed by the formal ceremony that includes the lighting of the 60-foot Christmas tree’s thousands of lights, the arrival of Santa and a special holiday concert by Hoku Award winner Weldon Kekauoha.
There will be trolley rides into Kailua so see other Christmas lights, compliments of Kaneohe Ranch and the Castle Foundation. Event parking has been reserved at Kailua Longs’s parking structure. Trolleys will run between the hospital and the Kailua Town Center (front of Macy's) beginning at 5 p.m. For more information visit castlemed.org or call 808-263-5400.
December 1 - Kaimuki Christmas Parade from 6:00-8:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by Kaimuki Business & Professional Association and is expected to have 1,500 marchers & 35 vehicles and 5 floats. The parade starts at St. Louis High School/Chaminade University grounds, to Waialae Ave., to Koko Head Ave., to end at Municipal Parking Lot. Parade will be on makai half of Waialae Ave., mauka half to be contra-flowed from 3rd Ave to Koko Head.
December 2 - Wahiawa Town Xmas Parade Sponsored by Wahiawa Community & Buisness Association. The event is expected to have 300 marchers, 10 vehicles, & 2 floats. It will start at 6:30 p.m. at Kaala Elementary School, to California Avenue, to North Cane Street, where it will end at Center Street around 8:30 p.m.
December 3 - Kaneohe Christmas Parade kicks off at 9:00 a.m. The event is expected to have 1,800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats, & 5 bands. It will start at the Windward Mall at Haiku Road, head to Kamehameha Highway, then over to Kaneohe Bay Drive, and ends at Castle High School at around noon.
December 3- 31st Annual Mililani Christmas Parade will begin run from 9:00-10:30 a.m. The parade will start at the Mililani High School Stadium at Kipapa Drive, past Mililani Shopping Center, onto Moenamanu Street, onto Kuahelani Avenue, onto Meheula Parkway, onto Lanikuhana Avenue, to finish at the Town Center of Mililani between Ruby Tuesday and Assagios. The event is expected to have 1,500 marchers, 30 vehicles, 10 floats, and 2 bands.
December 3 - Kaneohe Christmas Parade sponsored by Kaneohe Christmas Parade Committee will run from 9:00 a.m. to noon. The event is expected to have 1,800 marchers, 40 vehicles, 18 floats, & 5 bands. It will start at Windward Mall at Haiku Rd., to Kamehameha Hwy., to Kaneohe Bay Dr., to end at Castle High School.
December 3 - Mayor's Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony/Parade sponsored by the City and County of Honolulu will take place from 6:00-11:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 floats & 15 vehicles. It will start at Aala Park to King St., kokohead on King St., to end in closed off portion of King St., between Punchbowl & South Sts. Lanes will be closed from 5:00 p.m.
December 4 - Street Bikers United-Toys For Tots Caravan sponsored by Street Bikers United Hawaii. The event runs from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and is expected to have 6,000 motorcycles. It will start at Magic Island, to Ala Moana Blvd., to Kalakaua Ave., to Monsarrat Ave., to Diamond Hd. Rd. to end at Kapiolani Community College-DH campus.
December 4 - Hawaii Remembers Pearl Harbor 75th Annual Block Party sponsored by Home of the Brave Tours takes place from 4:00-9:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 300 participants. It will close the parking lane and sidewalks on Waimanu Street from Ward Avenue to Kamani Street and Kamani Street from Kawaiahao Street to Waimanu Street. For more information visit http://www.homeofthebravetours.com.
December 4 - Pearl City Christmas Parade Sponsored by Pearl City Shopping Center, the parade will take place from 4-6:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, & 10 floats. It will start at Momilani Elementary School, to Hookiekie St., to Hoomoana St., to Hoolaulea St., to end at Pearl City Shopping Center.
December 7 - Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade sponsored by Pearl Harbor Memorial Committee. The event runs from 6-8:00 p.m. and is expected to have 2,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, 8 floats, & 10 bands. It will start at Ft. DeRussy, to Kalakaua Ave., to end at Kapahulu/Kalakaua/Monsarrat Aves. grassy area fronting the Honolulu Zoo. For more information, check out their website: http://www.pearlharborparade.org/
December 7 - Murphy's Ronald Mcdonald Gift Wrap On Merchant Street sponsored by Murphy's Bar & Grill. The event will run from 6-10:00 p.m. and is expected to have 1,000+ participants. The event will close all traffic lanes/sidewalk areas on Merchant Street from Nuuanu Avenue to Bethel Street beginning at 6:00 p.m.
December 8 - Kapahulu Moiliili Christmas Parade sponsored by Kapahulu-Moiliili Lions Club kicks off at 6:30 p.m. The event is expected to have 250 marchers & 5-8 vehicles. It will start at Kuhio Elementary School, to King Street, to Beretania Street, to Isenberg Street, and end at Old Stadium Park at around 8:00 p.m.
December 9 - Haleiwa Town Christmas Parade sponsored by North Shore Community Chamber of Commerce/Haleiwa Main Street kicks off at 6:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 500 marchers, 45 vehicles, 5 floats & 3 bands. It will start at Weed Circle, to Kamehameha Hwy., thru Haleiwa Town, to end at Haleiwa Beach Park. For more information visit www.GoNorthShore.org.
December 10 - Aiea Community Association Christmas Parade sponsored by Aiea Community Association kicks off at 9:00 a.m. The event is expected to have 200 marchers, 10 vehicles, & 2 bands. It will start at Pearlridge Elementary School Parking lot, proceed to Moanalua Road, to Kaamilo Street, to Ulune Street, to Halewiliko Street, to end at the Aiea Sugar Mill Site at around 12:00 noon.
December 10 – Waimanalo Christmas Parade sponsored by Waimanalo Construction Coalition kicks off at 9:00 a.m.. The event is expected to have 120 marchers, 4 vehicles, 4 floats & 2 bands. It will start at Waimanalo District Park, to Hihimanu St., to Kakaina St., to Mahailua St., to Kumuhau St., to Kalanianaole Hwy., to end at Waimanalo Beach Park.
December 10 - Gentry Waipio Community Association Christmas Parade sponsored by Gentry Waipio Community Association kicks off at 10:00 a.m. The event is expected to have 800 marchers and 15 vehicles. It will start at C, to Waipio Uka St., Ukee St., to Ka Uka Blvd., to Waipio Uka St., to end back at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center at around 11:30 a.m.
December 10 - Waianae Coast Christmas Parade sponsored by Waianae Coast Rotary Club licks off at 10:00 a.m. The event is expected to have 1,000 marchers, 30 vehicles, 30 floats, 5 bands & 3 horse groups. It will start at the Waianae Boat Harbor, to Farrington Highway and end at the Waianae Mall at around noon.
December 10 - Waipahu Christmas Parade sponsored by the Leeward Oahu Lions Club kicks off at 3:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 10 vehicles. It will start at Waipahu District Park at Paiwa Street, to Farrington Highway, to Pupukahi Street, to Waipahu Street, to Leoku Street, to end at Leolua Street behind Waipahu Town Center.
December 10 - Manoa Community Christmas Parade sponsored by East Manoa Lions Club kicks off at 5:00 p.m. The event is expected to have 1100 marchers, 12 vehicles & 5 bands. It will start at Noelani School., to Woodlawn Drive, to Kolowalu Street, to East Manoa Road., to Lowrey Avene, to Manoa Road and finish up at Manoa Park finish around 7:00 p.m.
December 10 - West Oahu Holiday Electric Light Parade starts at 6:00 p.m. from the Kapolei Fairgrounds to Kapolei Hale for the Tree Lighting Ceremony and block party. The organizers are expecting 25 vehicles, 3 floats, 4 bands, Santa and surprise guests. The block party will have great entertainment, food vendors, free goodie bags for all keiki that visit Santa and it will end with a bang. (Fireworks) The event ends at about 8:00 p.m.
December 16-18 - Hawaii State Ballet Presents The Nutcracker These annual performances of the holiday classic take place at the Mamiya Theatre of St. Louis School. For tickets visit hawaiistateballet.com or call 808-550-8457
December 11 – Olomana Christmas Parade sponsored by Olomana Community Association will take place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. The event is expected to have 30+ marchers, 10 vehicles & 7 floats. It will start at Maunawili Elementary School, to Ulupii St., to Ulupuni St., to Uluohao St., to Uluhala St., to Ulupuni St., to Ulukou St., end at Maunawili Elem School
December 17 - Ewa Beach Lions Club Christmas Parade sponsored by Ewa Beach Lions Club kicks off at 10:00 a.m. The event is expected to have 1,000 marchers, 80 vehicles, 12 floats & 2 bands. It will start at Ilima Intermediate School Parking Lot, to Ft. Weaver Road, to Kuhina Street, to Hanakahi Street, to North Road, to Ft. Weaver Road and end at the Ilima Intermediate School Parking Lot at around noon.
December 18 - Jingle Rock Fun Run sponsored by Make-A-Wish Foundation/Boca Hawaii kicks off at 6:00 p.m. The event expected to have 3,000 runners. It will start at the State Capitol on Punchbowl St., to Beretania St., ewa bound direction, u turn to King St at Aala Park St., onto King St., left onto Ward Ave., left onto Beretania St., to end at Punchbowl St. Punchbowl St will be closed at 4-10:00 p.m. for this event also. For more information, visit their website: http://www.hawaii.wish.org.
December 21-25 - Employee Gingerbread Display at the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. View the creative gingerbread works of the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort ‘s employees as they show off their creative and culinary skills. The public is invited to enjoy the delightful gingerbread works of art at this annual event. Free and open to the public.
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See our related features on 2016 Christmas and Holiday Events on the Neighbor Islands.