Holiday Guide

Holiday Guide 2016

The holiday season is soon approaching, and many fun events are happening in December to celebrate. We put together a list of some family-friendly and festive events and activities taking place on Oahu.

 

Ward Village Events

Event

Social Mondays

Time

varies

Description: Take a photo while at the rink and post it to Instagram using the hashtag #WeAreWard. Winners will be selected throughout the day to receive prizes, including gift cards to Ward Village shops complimentary skate rentals, and discounts for refreshments. Guests who follow @WardVillage will be automatically entered to win a $200 grand prize, announced at the end of the season.  Text to win between Nov. 25 – Jan. 16.
“Cheap Skate” Night

Tuestdays

Time

6-9pm

Description:

Play trivia on the rink each Wednesday. Themes include:

◦                      Nov. 30: Movie Trivia

◦                      Dec. 7: Sports Trivia

◦                      Dec. 14: Disney Movie Trivia

◦                      Jan. 4: Harry Potter Trivia

◦                      Jan. 11: Music Trivia

“Beach Don’t Kill My Vibe” (Thursdays) Time

6-9pm

Pau hana at the Ward Village Ice Rink, complete with deejay, mood lighting and bar by “REAL a gastropub” featuring a selection of beers and on-site mixologist blending up frozen slushy-inspired craft cocktails – such as a mai tais, daiquiris, margaritas and more. First 50 guests to RSVP and like @WardVillage on the Facebook event page will receive a complimentary beer or cocktail of their choice. Valid ID Required; 21+
Toyota Hawaii Saturday Nights   First 100 skaters on the rink each Saturday receive a special gift from Toyota Hawaii.
“Sunday Special”   Skate with special guests throughout the season, including Santa Claus on Dec. 10 and Dec. 17.
Ward Village Shop & Win (Daily)   Throughout the season, shop and win at Ward Village. Shoppers will receive a coupon with purchase for $1 off admission at the ice rink from participating merchants. Ward Village shoppers will receive one free movie ticket for every $100 spent (maximum of five tickets total). Receipts are cumulative through Dec. 1 through Dec. 24.

Great Aloha Run Kickoff Party

Date

Dec 2

Time

10:30am-1pm

Location

Downtown between The Bank of Hawaii and Pioneer Plaza

 

Description

Website: Greataloharun.com

Mililani Shopping Center Christmas Event

Date

Dec 3

Time

9am-12:30pm

Location

Mililani Shopping Center

 

Description

After the Parade, stay for Free Activities, Crafts,
Visits with Santa Claus and More!

 

Website: http://mililanishoppingcenter.com/events.php

Pearl Harbor Movie on the Beach

Date

Dec 8 & 9

Time

5:30-10pm

Location

Waikiki Outdoor Theatre

 

Description

Program and festivities will begin at 5:30 p.m. on Waikiki Beach (Diamond Head end of Kalakaua Avenue) with live entertainment, food and beverage concessions and much more, with movie times starting at approximately 7:30 p.m.

 

Salt Lake Shopping Center Christmas Event

Date

Dec 10

Time

10am-1pm

Location

Salt Lake Shopping Center

 

Description

Celebrate the Holidays with Salt lake Shopping Center with Activities for the Whole Family to Enjoy!

Snow Play Zone with Eight (8) Tons of Snow, Trackless Train Rides, Visits with Santa, Make-and-Take Crafts, Games, Prize Giveaways and More!

Website: http://www.saltlakeshoppingcenter.com/calendar-of-events.php

 

Snow Days @ Pearl Highlands

Date

Dec 10

Time

10:45am-12:45pm

Location

Pearl Highlands

 

Description

Website: pearlhighlandscenter.com

 

Honolulu Marathon

Date

Dec 11

Time

5:25am-whole day

Location

Ala Moana/Queen St through Kapiolani Park

 

Description

Come Race for Charity!

 

Website: http://www.honolulumarathon.org/event-info/race-day-walk/

 

Honolulu City Lights

Date

Dec 6-31st

Time

varies

Location

King St.

 

Description

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 Electric Light Parade, which proceeds down King Street. The Honolulu City Lights festival goes from December 5 through January 2 and features the city’s perennial favorites, the 21-foot Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele and displays throughout Santa’s Enchanted Forest in the Honolulu Hale courtyard. The festival, is organized each year by a hard working nonprofit organization, dedicated to ensuring Honolulu City Lights is a fun and free event for the whole family.

 

Diamond Head Classic

Date

Dec 22, 23, & 25

Time

Varies

Location

Stan Sheriff Center

Description

 

Website: http://espnevents.com/diamond-head-classic/

Hawaii Bowl @ Aloha Stadium

Date

Dec 24

Time

Varies

Location

Aloha Stadium

Description

 

Website: http://www.sheratonhawaiibowl.com/

 

Eat the Streets @ Makers & Tasters

Date

Dec 30

Time

4-9pm

Location

Makers & Tasters

 

Description

Holiday themed food trucks and lights.

 

Website: http://eatthestreethawaii.com/calendar/

Night Market @ SALT

Date

Dec 17

Time

5-10pm

Location

SALT @ kaka’ako

 

Description

Holiday themed food trucks and lights.

 

Website: http://www.honolulunightmarket.com/

Santa Paddles in to the Outrigger Waikiki Resort

Date

Dec 12

Time

9am

Location

Waikiki

 

Description

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 hula and mele (song) by the children of the Halau O Pua Kahale. Santa will be then available for free photos in the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort lobby. This is a fun holiday event for keiki, but be sure to get there early for a good spot on the beach to watch Santa paddle in to shore.

 

Seasons Best Craft & Gift Fair

Date

Dec 18, 19,20

Time

5-9pm

10am-7pm

10am-5pm

Location

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall

 

Description

Wrap up your holiday shopping–or get something a little something for yourself! This expansive craft fair happens twice a year, in October and in December. The craft fair features dozens of local vendors who make and sell everything from jewelry, handbags, clothing, chocolates, foods woodcrafts and more. There’s something for everything at this expansive craft fair. Be sure to get there early, some goods will sell fast, and once they’re gone, that’s it!

12 Days of Christmas @ the Polynesian Cultural Center

Date

Dec 10-23

Time

Various times

Location

Laie

 

Description

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 entertainment by award-winning Hawaiian artists, keiki train rides, photos with Santa and shopping discounts inside the center village. On December 19, the center will be in a flurry for its Snow Day as the Polynesian Cultural Center is trucking in tons of fresh snow for families can frolic in, make snow angels and build snowmen. Bring your scarf and gloves!

Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade

Date

Dec 7

Time

6pm

Location

For DeRussey to Waikiki to Kalakaua

 

Description

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 concert. This year’s event is slated to feature 2,000 marchers and 10 bands. The parade committee is even working on incorporating replica battleships approximately 1/40th of the size of the original ships moored at Pearl Harbor. The first of the eight ships will be introduced during the 2016 parade to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor.

The Amy Hanaialii & Willie K Holiday Show

Date

Dec 18-20

Time

Varies

Location

Hawaii theatre

 

Description

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 with a local twist. For example, Willie K will sing his version of the popular “O Holy Night.” They will also share songs from their recently released “Amy and Willie K Reunion” album. It’s a concert that showcases the duo’s versatility and wide-ranging talent as they highlight their diverse musical backgrounds. The show runs from December 18 through 20 and tickets range from $22 to $67.

New Years Eve @ Aloha Tower

Date

Dec 31/Jan 1st

Time

Midnight

Location

Aloha Tower

 

Description

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 tower’s tenants of Gordon Biersch and Hooters. It’s the first time a big New Year’s Eve is back at the iconic Aloha Tower since it underwent a major remodel to incorporate student housing for students attending Hawaii Pacific University. Even better, this is one of the best spots on the island to view the New Year’s fireworks at midnight and kick off 2016.

“The Nutcracker”

Date

Dec 18-20

Time

varies

Location

Neal S. Blaisdell Center Concert Hall

 

Description

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 of the Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. To make your night out even more special, have dinner at the award-winning restaurant, Chef Chai beforehand. Ballet Hawaii is offering special VIP packages, featuring dinner at the restaurant on December 18 before its opening showing of “The Nutcracker.”