Christmas In Hawaii!

Christmas in Hawaii is a special time of year when the Aloha Spirit is flowing throughout the air, shoppers are getting gifts for loved ones, “Mele Kalikimaka” is the thing to say, and when “Shaka Santa” comes to town. Here’s some tips on how to make your Christmas in Hawaii even more special!
Christmas in Hawaii!
While not your typical “White Christmas”, a Christmas in Hawaii can be a nice (and warm) change from hanging tinsel in the tundras of Toronto.

1. See the “City Lights” at Honolulu Hale

Hosted by the the City & County every year at Honolulu Hale (Oahu’s City Hall). There is the 50-foot Norfolk Pine Christmas tree, giant holiday statues, and a miniature North Pole Village. Not to mention all the beautiful Christmas lights! Keep an eye out for the Leonard’s Malasada truck, and be sure to sample this favorite island treat. Check out this post for more local foods to try while vacationing in Hawaii.
Seeing the City Lights is a great thing to do for the whole family. There’s amusement rides, a Santa’s Village inside City Hall, carolers, and much more! This year is actually the 25th anniversary of the Honolulu City Lights Celebration, so don’t miss out! Getting there from Waikiki is easy! If you drive, there is municipal parking on the 1000-block of Alapai St. (which is the same block as Honolulu Hale) or you can take the #2 or #13 bus from Waikiki. They leave around every 20 minutes, and it’s about a 10-minute ride. And you can always ask your concierge for tips on seeing the Honolulu City Lights.

2. Make a Snow Angel’s tropical twin… a Sand Angel!

A wintertime tradition in cold climates is to make a Snow Angel. Here in Hawaii, we make her tropical twin… Sand Angels! Made just the same way, the best part of making a sand angel is jumping in the ocean to wash all the sand off!
Insider tip: Make your sand angel when you’re dry and sand won’t stick to you as much.

3. Have a tropical & traditional Christmas dinner!

Even though you’re vacationing for Christmas in Hawaii, you can still get the kind Christmas dinner that make you feel like you’re right at home. Many hotels in Waikiki host a Christmas dinner or Christmas brunch with traditional and homestyle dishes. We suggest the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Not only do they have a selection of holiday dining choices, they have some of the most beautiful hotel grounds in all of Waikiki. Check out this post for more holiday ideas at the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

4. Take a Pearl Harbor & downtown Honolulu tour

December in Hawaii has always been an eventful time of year. From big wave surf and President Obama in town, to Pearl Harbor anniversaries and New Year’s Eve fireworks, there is always something big happening. Experience Pearl Harbor, Hawaii’s most visited attraction while you spend Christmas in Hawaii. Great thing about Pearl Harbor tours is they take a tour of historic downtown Honolulu afterwards and you can get a preview of the decorations for the Honolulu City Lights!

5. Have a sandball fight

While snowballs start out light and fluffy, sandballs can actually sting and hurt. Especially since you don’t have a bunch of padded clothing to keep you protected from the cold (and snowballs).
So if you have a sandball fight be careful, watch out for your eyes, and don’t throw them too hard! Anyway, it’s far better to make the biggest one you can, sneak up on someone, and plop it down right on their head. Have tips to share for Christmas in Hawaii? Leave a comment! Alooooha! Book Your Hawaii Tour Today!

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