Christmas in Hawaii
Christmas in Hawaii is what many people have in mind when it comes to getting away for the holiday season. This has a lot to do with the great year-round weather in the Hawaiian Islands and the long list of fun things to do during the Christmas season. All of the main islands offer their own Christmas events, and as you might imagine, attending a luau is a good way to celebrate Christmas Day itself. Keep an eye out for Santas wearing Hawaiian clothes while celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, and don't be surprised if you see cars with light displays driving through the streets. The Hawaiian people on the whole love to celebrate, and it's no different during the holiday season.
While visiting Hawaii during the holiday season, you can enjoy all the regular attractions that help to make this island state one of the best vacation destinations in the world. You can also add some fun holiday events to the agenda and celebrate Christmas 2016 in paradise. On the island of Oahu, the Christmas events include the colorful boat parades that are held at the Honolulu Harbor and Hawaii Kai. You can also see The Nutcracker being performed by one of several ballet companies, and the annual concerts that renowned Hawaiian performers put on are full of flare. In Waikiki, the Friday night following Thanksgiving sees the Waikiki Holiday Parade taking to the streets, and if you find yourself in another Oahu community, chances are good that it will host a holiday parade of its own.
For those who are spending Christmas 2016 in Hawaii on the Big Island, watching the long-running Kailua-Kona Christmas Parade is among the options for things to do. Held in mid-December, this parade marches down the streets, ending at the Coconut Grove Marketplace. Mid-December is also when the Hilo Palace Theater plays host to a performances of The Nutcracker, and back on the Kona Coast, the Kona Beach Hotel is where you can catch the late December Celebration of Christmas in Music concert.
Among the highlights when it comes to Christmas events on the island of Maui are the concerts that are presented by a number of organizations, including the Maui Symphony Orchestra. Visitors can also enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, the most renowned of which is the Lahaina Banyan Tree Lighting. The famed banyan tree in Lahaina Town is illuminated with thousands of lights during this ceremony, and Christmas carols are sung in Hawaiian. Craft workshops and a craft fair only add to the allure of this event, and you can even expect a visit from Santa.
On the island of Kauai, the Lihue area is where you want to go when it comes to celebrating Christmas. This is where main events such as the Kauai Festival of Lights take place. This festival sees the Kauai Chorale singing Christmas carols, and should you enter the county building, you can see a famous Christmas tree that was fashioned out of toothpicks. Early December is when this one day festival takes place.
These are just some of the options for things to do when looking to celebrate Christmas in Hawaii. Even the smaller islands of Molokai and Lanai host a few holiday season events that can be worth adding to the picture. Most of the Hawaii Christmas events take place in December, and if you want to enjoy one or more, making your travel plans in advance is recommended. This is the peak travel season in Hawaii, with the last two weeks of December being particularly busy.
Hawaii Christmas vacation packages are available if you want some help planning your trip, or if you are interested in getting deals. Hawaii vacation packages in general tend to offer deals on the various things that they include, and if nothing else, they might save you some time. Book a package that includes your flight, your accommodations, tickets to a holiday show, and a Christmas Day luau, for example, and you will have a large chunk of your trip sorted out. You can start planning your own Hawaiian Christmas escape and searching for deals right here on the Destination360 website, so you might get started and get one step closer to celebrating Christmas in paradise.
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