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Hawaii has always been a top winter destination for snowbirds from all over the country. Hawaii celebrates the holidays in unique and fun ways that offer visitors a tropical getaway with a taste of this joyful season. Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island all feature family-oriented Christmas festivities to keep you in the holiday spirit.

Hawaii Island

13th Annual Jingle Bell Beach Run

Eager to shed some of those winter pounds? This 5k run is a fun way to stay in shape and enjoy Hawaii Island’s gorgeous scenery. Savor the crisp, December air while you trek down Alii Drive in historic Kailua Village, admiring the beautiful Kailua Bay alongside you. As an incentive, the top three male and female runners are awarded for their efforts. And don’t forget to wear a costume — you may just win best dressed!

Best Christmas Art, Crafts, Gifts & Food Fair

Even if your Christmas shopping list is all checked off, you can still enjoy shopping for unique made in Hawaii products ranging from handcrafted decorative items to musical instruments. This popular event, which takes place at the famed Edith Kanakaole Multi-Purpose Stadium in Hilo, features fun for the entire family, free prize giveaways and live music.

Oahu

Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace

Travel to Laie on the island of Oahu and you’ll get to experience Christmas unlike any other. From December 1st –23rd, enjoy a variety of holiday activities and entertainment, ranging from live nativity presentations to trains rides, and a Christmas photo scavenger hunt where you can even win a prize. And just in case you miss winter up North, they haul in 12 tons of “real” snow for you to enjoy. It’s a holly jolly Hawaiian holiday!

Honolulu City Lights

Historic Downtown Honolulu lights up the holidays with this year’s, “It’s a Zoo Out” theme at the 33rd Annual Honolulu City LIghts. More than 50 new animal-themed ornaments adorn the city’s dazzling 50-foot Christmas tree at Honolulu Hale. Enjoy the 7-Eleven Hawaii Free Family Night Movie featuring “Moana”, sway along to beautiful Hawaiian melodies with Halau Hula O Kapunahala, and give your tummy a treat at Free Milk and Cookies Night. While you’re being filled with holiday joy, remember to get some memorable photos with the larger-than-life displays on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds through January 1 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. nightly.

Maui

Mrs. Claus Keiki Craft Saturdays

Keiki (children) ages 12 and younger on Maui will burst with excitement when they join Mrs. Claus for holiday craft making at the Queen Kaahumanu Center in Kahului. When your children have completed their handmade creations, they can share holiday smiles as they take a photo with Santa at Center Stage North. No winter is complete without snow, even in paradise! Experience a magical winter wonderland at Let It Snow with music, Keiki snowflake wands and free Starbucks hot chocolate served by Jingle Ambassadors every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday through December 23rd. Perfect for young and old alike to greet the holidays with good cheer!

Santa’s Arrival at Wailea Beach

Santa makes a splashing arrival on the shores of the spectacular Wailea Beach on Christmas Eve. Don your best holiday beach gear and take home memories of you and Santa basking in the winter warmth of Maui. Make it a day by packing a picnic and spend hours frolicking, snorkeling or boogie boarding at what is considered one of the world’s best beaches. While you enjoy views of Kahoolawe, Molokini, and Lanai you may even spot a humpback whale or two!

Thinking of ditching your winter wonderland for a warmer locale this holiday season? Contact us to take your holiday cheer to the open sea by booking an enchanting sunset or whale watching cruise, or an exciting submarine tour, where you’ll plunge beneath the waves in an epic expedition that explores vast wonders of the undersea world.

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