Hawaiian Christmas Celebrations and The Honolulu Hale
For nearly thirty years the City and County of Honolulu and The Friends of the Honolulu City Lights present a month-long celebration which will light up downtown Honolulu for the holiday season, starting with a parade and lighting ceremony on December 3. Every year The Friends of Honolulu City Lights and the City create a wonderful winter wonderland on the grounds of the Honolulu Hale (City Hall). The Christmas tree is decorated, there are wreath exhibits, and a giant Yuletide display that is alive with entertainment. The plantation “Ku’u Home” is where you’ll find Santa Clause making a list of what all the children in Hawaii want to find under their Christmas tree on Christmas morning. Wrapped around the base of the 50-foot Christmas tree is a 40-foot train which carries two menehune. On opening night, the Honolulu Hale is the scene of a magnificent parade, and after that throughout the month there will be special events held there to celebrate the holiday season. On December 10, 11, 16, 17, and 18th from 4:30-8:30p.m. a café cruiser from ING DIRECT will be by the flagpole in front of the Fasi Municipal Building on King street providing guests free hot chocolate to go along with the festive lights. From 7-9p.m. on December 11 and 18 Kraft Foods in Hawaii is taking free photos with Santa Claus at the Gingerbread house in the courtyard of the Honolulu Hale. There will be clowns, glitter tattoos, and face painting for all guests! The festivities at the Honolulu Hale are a great way to celebrate the holidays for locals and guests to Hawaii alike. Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele will be there to greet you with plenty of Hawaiian style, so make sure you take some time out to visit the display while you’re on Oahu.