Honolulu for the Holidays: Christmas Events and Activities on Oahu
If you’re dreaming of trading the winter weather blues for sunset island views, a trip to Oahu is just the ticket. This time of year, the island shines with the wonder of a Hawaiian Christmas, which, if you’ve never experienced it, is wrapped in unique traditions and beloved familiar faces – perfectly blending the spirit of Aloha with holiday classics. Instead of spruces and firs, you’ll find lovingly adorned palm fronds twinkling in the night. Sandcastles replace snowmen, and instead of sweaters, you’re donning your beach apparel. Whether you’re visiting as a holiday kick-off or staying for the whole season, Oahu has a calendar full of Christmas events and activities that will keep your family entertained and full of cheer. And when it comes to the perfect home base for your stay, Marina Hawaii has you covered. Check out our list of local events and vacation rentals that put you in the heart of all the action and let Marina Hawaii welcome you to Honolulu for the holidays this year.
Seasonal Shopping and Ilikai Marina 686
Hosted by the Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, the Holiday Craft Fair is Honolulu’s oldest art market. As it celebrates its 52nd year on November 25th, families are invited out to shop the more than 40 vendors that will be present. With goods ranging from Hawaiian jewelry, pottery, woodworking, glass art, and more, you’ll be able to find the perfect last-minute gift or souvenir. The fair will run from 8:30 am to 3 pm, giving you plenty of time to experience all the fun at this community-favorite event.
For a vacation rental close to the market, consider booking your stay in Ilikai Marina, unit 686. This 6th-floor condo offers stunning ocean views overlooking the harbor. With a full-sized kitchen, flat-screen TVs, and beautiful furnishings, you’ll feel right at home. This 1-bed, 1-bath studio is perfect for couples looking to have a romantic holiday or small families, as the sleeper sofa offers additional space for little ones. Additionally, with it’s 30-day minimum stay, it’s an ideal unit for those looking for a home base for the holiday season.
Christmas Lights and Iliakai Tower 1843
Every December, Honolulu lights up for a month-long celebration that transforms the city’s downtown into a glowing canvas of holiday decorations and festive illumination. Complete with a 50-foot Christmas tree at Honolulu Hale, Honolulu City Lights is a family-friendly spectacle you have to see when you visit during the holiday season. Bring the family and snap pictures with Shaka Santa and Tutu Mele at the Electric Light Parade on December 2nd. The parade begins at 6:30 pm in downtown Honolulu. If you miss the parade, you can catch the decorative tree exhibition every day from December 3-29.
Located just minutes from downtown Honolulu, you’ll find Ilikai Tower, unit 1843. This beautiful 2-bed, 2-bath condo has space for six and has been recently updated with new bedding, furniture, and paintings. The double balconies offer the perfect place to catch the Friday night fireworks show or just relax and watch the sunset over the water. The master has a California king bed, and the spacious guest room comes with a queen and twin bed, so there’s plenty of room for everyone. Looking for a rental with beach access? We have you all set there, too! The walkway from the hotel lobby leads directly to the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon and the famous Waikiki beach, so you’re never more than a few steps away from the brilliance of Oahu’s sandy shores.
Dance Your Way to Discovery Bay 2320 with a Holiday Classic
Experience a unique holiday celebration that blends a classic Christmas tale with the majestic charm of Hawaii’s royal heritage when you get tickets to see Ballet Hawaii’s performance of The Nutcracker on December 16th and 17th at the Neal S Blaisdell Arena. This rendition offers all the beloved holiday dances, with a special nod to historical figures like Mary Dominis of Washington Place and the cherished Queen Lili’uokalani of Hawaii. The production transforms traditional elements, showcasing Crown Flowers, Hibiscus, and Plumeria instead of the usual floral arrangements. Bird roles are played by I’iwi, and new local animal characters, including the revered Honu (Hawaiian Turtle), join the cast. The toy soldiers will dress as the Royal Guard, and the enchanting Waltz of the Snowflakes will unfold on the scenic slopes of Mauna Kea. Guaranteed to present this holiday classic as you’ve never seen it before; if you’re visiting during December, be sure to add this Christmas event to your itinerary.
For quick access to the Blaisdell Arena, consider booking Discovery Bay, unit 2320. This deluxe ocean-view studio is located on the 23rd floor and offers sleeping space for three. The beautifully renovated kitchen is perfect for whipping up delicious island fare, while the king bed is supremely placed to provide epic views of the water. With central AC, cable TV, free Wi-Fi, and assigned parking, you’ll have all the conveniences of home. Plus, you’re within walking distance of Ala Moana Shopping Center and other Honolulu landmarks. Building amenities include an outdoor swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, and sunbathing deck, as well as a BBQ area, making Discovery Bay the perfect place to unwind on your holiday trip to Oahu. With a 30-day minimum stay, you can book Discovery Bay 2320 and have all the comforts of home over the holidays.
Rock-A-Hula Christmas Luau and Canterbury Place 38BC
Taking in a Christmas Luau is the highlight of any holiday trip to Oahu. With classic Hawaiian traditions beautifully woven into the seasonal festivities, you’ll witness a celebration for the senses. Enjoy mouth-watering food, traditional music, and exciting dances, as well as activities for the whole family.
After the Rock-A-Hula’s Christmas Luau show, come home to Canterbury Place 38BC. This exceptional 3,000-square-foot high-floor custom condo is another 30-day minimum rental, located just a 5-minute walk from the beach and opposite the renowned Hilton Hawaiian Village, and it offers one of the most spectacular views in Waikiki. Newly remodeled, it features luxury at its finest, ideal for those seeking the best in Oahu accommodations.
The condo boasts a stunning 50-foot-wide panoramic view of the ocean, beaches, Diamond Head, and mountains, visible from both the living room and the lanai’s swivel lounge chairs. It contains three tastefully decorated bedrooms and three bathrooms adorned with high-end furnishings and artworks by local artists. The spacious master bedroom includes a king bed and walk-in closet, while the two guest bedrooms each have a queen bed, with one offering an en-suite bathroom and shower. All bedrooms provide amazing ocean views. Amenities include free Wi-Fi, central air conditioning, and cable TV in the living area and bedrooms. Extra conveniences are a separate laundry room and two covered, secured parking spaces.
Discover Oahu’s Holiday Magic with Marina Hawaii Vacations
This holiday season, create unforgettable memories on Oahu. With Marina Hawaii Vacations, your dream of a festive island retreat is just a reservation away. From the lively Honolulu City Lights to serene beachfront views, our vacation rentals place you at the heart of Oahu’s Christmas events and activities. Whether you’re coming for the entire season or just a quick visit, you can secure your perfect holiday escape with Marina Hawaii Vacations and dive into the warmth and wonder of a Hawaiian Christmas.