10 Best Things to Do During the Holidays on Oahu

Oahu may never experience a white Christmas, but that doesn’t mean the island doesn’t know how to get into the holiday spirit. And if you're looking to escape the dreary cold, but still want to celebrate, Honolulu offers a variety of holiday-themed events, from family centric parades, quality craft fairs to lively New Year’s Eve parties.  

An Oahu holiday can’t miss is the annual Honolulu City Lights featuring the lighting of the city’s 50-foot tree, a downtown parade and month-long displays, including the city's perennial favorites, the 21-foot Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele as well as other festive holiday displays throughout Santa's Enchanted Forest in the Honolulu Hale courtyard. 

New Year’s Eve on the island offers big city fun with an island twist. There’s the New Year’s Eve event at the iconic Aloha Tower to the upscale Night Circus party at the Sheraton Waikiki.  

Check out this 10Best.com list to make your Hawaii holiday merry and bright! 

Santa Paddles in to the Outrigger Waikiki Resort
Photo courtesy of Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort


No reindeers required! Watch this waterman Santa arrive to the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, on, what else, an outrigger. Santa and his outrigger helpers will paddle in on at 9 a.m. on December 12 where he will then be greeted on shore with...  Read More

Season's Best Craft & Gift Fair
Photo courtesy of Cliff


Wrap up your holiday shopping--or get something a little something for yourself!--at the Season's Best Craft & Gift Fair at the Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. This expansive craft fair happens twice a year, in October and in...  Read More

12 Days of Christmas at the Polynesian Cultural Center
Photo courtesy of Polynesian Cultural Center


Escape the hustle and bustle of Waikiki and head out to the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie for the 12 Days of Polynesia from December 10 through 23. This holiday event features a 10-minute boat ride through the center's lagoon, live...  Read More

Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade
Photo courtesy of Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade


Honor the memory of those who served during the annual Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade on December 7. The evening parade begins at 6 p.m. at Fort DeRussey in Waikiki then proceeds down Kalakaua Avenue and ends at the Waikiki Shell for a...  Read More

New Year's Eve Party with G. Love


Start 2016 right with an intimate New Year's Eve Party at Surfer, the Bar at Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu's beautiful North Shore. Surfer, the Bar--named for Surfer, the magazine--is Turtle Bay Resort's hippest hotel bar, and has both a food and...  Read More

“The Amy Hanaialii & Willie K Holiday Show”
Photo courtesy of Hawaii Theatre


Really get into the holiday spirit with a festive concert at the historic Hawaii Theatre. The Amy Hanaialii & Willie K Holiday Show features these two renown, award-winning artists--backed by a full band--as they perform holiday favorites...  Read More

New Year's Eve at Aloha Tower
Photo courtesy of Larry Loos


This New Year's Eve party has it all. There's live entertainment featuring some of Hawaii's best local band at several stages around the property grounds, mechanical bull rides, fire dancers and food trucks, in addition to specials inside the...  Read More

"The Nutcracker"
Photo courtesy of Ballet Hawaii


Don't miss Ballet Hawaii's holiday tradition, its annual production of "The Nutcracker" by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. The performance features a stunning cast of local and international dancers, and each performance is accompanied by musicians...  Read More

Night Circus at RumFire


For an upscale, modern New Year's Eve event you and your friends will be talking about well after January 1, look no further than Night Circus at the Sheraton Waikiki. The annual event takes place at the hotel's popular restaurant/bar,...  Read More

Honolulu City Lights
Photo courtesy of Sky Slicer


Honolulu's festive holiday season officially kicks off with the annual Honolulu City Lights. It begins on December 6 with the lighting ceremony of the 50-foot pine tree fronting Honolulu Hale, the city hall, followed by a holiday concert and the...  Read More


Meet Tiffany Hill

Tiffany Hill has lived on Oahu’s Leeward and Windward sides, but today she calls Honolulu home. She is a writer whose work is regularly published in regional and national publications,...  More About Tiffany Hill