Thanksgiving is the perfect time to visit Hawaii: the weather is beautiful and a roster of fun seasonal events are sure to bring holiday cheer.
Santa's Beach House
Stop by Santa's Beach House at the Ward Entertainment Center, Box Office Level (near Ward 16 Theatres) throughout the holiday season for photos with Santa and a chance to share your wish list. Santa photo packages will be available starting at $22. The event is held from November 19 to December 24.
Kai Market’s Thanksgiving Dinner at the Sheraton Waikiki
Thanksgiving dinner will feature a sumptuous buffet with a variety of selections including a chef carving station with slow-roasted prime rib, country ham; holiday favorites like roasted butternut squash bisque, soy-braised boneless beef short ribs. The cost is $75 for adults and $35 for children (no discounts for Thanksgiving dinner), and reservations are available for seating between 4 and 9 p.m. To make reservations, call Sheraton Waikiki Dining Reservations at (808) 921-4600.
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Royal Hawaiian
Chef Shaymus Alwin presents a very special dinner on Thanksgiving evening at the Azure Restaurant. First seating is 5:30 p.m., 6:00 p.m. Second seating is 7:45 p.m and 8:15 p.m. and the cost is $125 per person or $151 with wine pairings (not including tax and gratuity).
Thanksgiving Dinner at the Moana Surfrider
Thanksgiving dinner buffet begins at the Beachhouse on Thursday, November 26 at 3 p.m. and will continue through 8 p.m. The cost is $80 per person, and $40 for children under the age of 12 (prices do not include tax and gratuity). Reservations can be made by calling Dining Reservations at (808) 921-4600.The extraordinary dinner spread is created by Beachhouse Chef David Lukela and Moana Sous Chef Jason Watanabe.
Waikiki Holiday Parade
The Waikiki Holiday Parade commemorates Pearl Harbor by honoring survivors and veterans in memory of the attacks. It is expected to have 4,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, and 36 bands including over 30 bands from the mainland. It will start at 7:00 p.m. at Saratoga Rd/Kalakaua Avenue to Kalakaua Avenue, to Monsarrat Avenue., to end at Queen Kapiolani Park at around 9:00 p.m.
The Ward Village Ice Rink
The Ward Village Ice Rink will offer a special open-air skating experience for a limited time only from late November to early January at the Ward Village Information Center Courtyard (former IBM Building). The Ward Village Ice Rink will be open daily, with tickets (including skate rentals) available at the rink at $15 per person for a one-and-a-half hour skate time. Kope Coffee Co. will offer hand-crafted beverages and refreshments, including hot cocoa, espresso drinks, and more.
Islandwide Christmas Craft and Food Expo
More than 400 island vendors offer their island and holiday crafts at the Neal Blaisdell Exhibition Hall between November 25 and 27. This is one of Hawaii's largest and best attended craft fairs with over 30,000 expected to attend.
Holiday Tree Lighting at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
The lighting of the Christmas tree is a tradition that kicks off the holiday season. The event will start at 6 p.m. on November 30 at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. It will be preceded at 5:00 p.m. by a Keiki Hula Show. Admission is free.