2023 Fun Oahu Christmas Events for Families

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There are so many Oahu Christmas events to make the season festive! I’ve surveyed dozens of people who have lived here longer than me about the best things to do with kids – what’s worth it and what’s not.

I’m most impressed with the number of older Christmas movies playing on the big screen in both Honolulu & Kanehoe. Make sure you check out the links for dates & times!

Some big events in December you should look out for are the Van Triple Crown of Surfing, Christmas Luau, Honolulu City Lights, Pearl Harbor Anniversary Events (Dec 7 only!)

I’ve created a few different categories based on what you’re looking for, links for just about everything and a chronological order so you don’t miss anything!

If you’ve got something I should add, email me at alison@alisonbellphotographer.com!


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Hi! I’m Alison, your chaos coordinator, toddler briber, and parent commiserator. Oh! And Oahu family photographer!

As the ringleader of my own 4-boy circus, I know how hard getting family photos can be.

I run my photo session like a party. I give you something TO DO so you don’t feel awkward wondering, “Where do I put my HANDS?!”

Dad is playing with the kids, everyone forgets what’s ACTUALLY happening, and you look amazing bc you’re actually enjoying yourself. #whoknewphotoscouldbefun

Fast. Fun. Done.


Oahu Christmas Events: Holiday Markets

Weekly markets are frequent around Oahu, all the more during the holiday season! Vendors have been prepping for months by now to have stock for these special occasions.

Aloha Home Market Holiday Markets

Home to the original Aloha Home Market, the Kailua Market has been operating since 2018. The market runs from 9am-2pm in the covered parking lot on the makai end of Uluniu Street”

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Oahu Christmas Events

34th Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo

  • Nov 24-26
  • Blaisdell Exhibition Hall, Honolulu
  • $6-8 admission

Hawaii Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

  • Dec 8-10
  • Admission $5, military & 7 and under are free
  • Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall

Mele Kalikmaka Marketplace & Gingerbread Workshop

  • Dec 9 & 10
  • $3-4 admission
  • Blaisdell Exhibition Hall

Season’s Best Holiday Craft Fair

  • Dec 15-16
  • $3 admission
  • Blaisdell Exhibition Hall

Oahu Christmas Lights

Lights, lights lights! Oahu Christmas events wouldn’t be complete without drive through, trolley rides or walk the city streets in Honolulu. There are options everywhere.

Honolulu City Lights

Show Aloha Land

  • Aloha Stadium
  • Drive through lights
  • $34.94 per person
  • Snow tubing
  • Train rides
  • Santa
  • Bubble Zone
  • Snow
  • Inflatables

Breakfast with santa hawaii
Hilton Hawaiian Village Breakfast With Santa. Photo courtesy Hilton.

Oahu Christmas Events

These events are limited events that happen in December – parades, shopping, and more.

Waikiki Holiday Parade – Torchlight Parade

  • Always Black Friday

Kaneohe Christmas Parade

  • Dec 2
  • 9-11a
  • Windward Mall to Castle High School
  • 59 Years and running!

Honolulu City Lights Parade

  • Dec 2 at 6pm
  • Block Party at 4p
  • Mayor’s Tree lighting Ceremony
  • City Department Tree Exhibit
  • Holiday Wreath Contest
  • From the website: “The celebration kicks off with a block party at 4:00 p.m., on Punchbowl Street and across the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, featuring food vendors and live entertainment. At 6:00 pm the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade will start from Aʻala Park and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at the front of Honolulu Hale.  After the tree lighting ceremony, the City Department Tree Exhibit and the Holiday Wreath Contest Exhibit at Honolulu Hale will officially open to the public.”

Mililani Christmas Parade

  • Dec 2
  • 9am
  • Milliani High School

CocoKeaholi Christmas Wreath Workshop

  • Dec 3, 1-4p
  • Downtown Honolulu

Kailua Town Sip & Shop

  • Dec 7
  • 4:30-7:30

Diamond Head Theatre’s A Charlie Brown Christmas

  • Dec 7-23
  • $15-$35
  • Diamond Head Theatre

Haleiwa Christmas Parade

  • Dec 8
  • 6-9pm
  • Weed Circle to Haleiwa Beach Park

Kaimuki Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting

  • Dec 9
  • 6p
north shore christmas parade

Santa’s Arrival by Canoe

  • Dec 9
  • Outrigger Resort Waikiki
  • 9am – arrival is free
  • Breakfast with Santa $15-36

Ugly Sweater Paw-ty

  • Dec 9
  • 10-2p, judging at 1p
  • Hawaii Doggie Bakery

Kapiolani City Lights

  • Dec 9
  • Parade at 6p
  • Block party with local food trucks, vendors & live music

Waianae Christmas Parade

  • Dec 9
  • 7:30-12:30

Hawaii Kai Boat Parade

  • Dec 16 6-8:30p

Marine Corps Band Holiday Concert Series Hale Koa Hotel

Santa 5k Fun Run

  • Dec 16
  • 8-11a
  • Ewa Beach
  • $20-45

Make a Wish Hawaii Jingle Rock Run 5k

  • Dec 17
  • 3-9p
  • $25-40

Breakfast with Santa

  • Dec 22, 23, 24
  • Hilton Hawaiian Village’s Bali Oceanfront- Santa arrives on a canoe!
  • $35-$65
  • Breakfast buffet
  • Picture with Santa

Kapolei Commons Photobus

  • Dec 23-24
  • 1-7p
  • FREE – BYO Camera, animals welcome

Christmas Movie Showings

Get tickets, showings and more details for Kailua movies here.

For Honolulu Consolidated Theatre showtimes & tickets click here.

Elf

  • Dec 2
  • Consolidated Theatres, Honolulu

The Grinch

  • Dec 3 & 4
  • Windward Mall Regal Theatre, Kailua

Max Lucado’s Because of Bethlehem

  • Dec 5 & 6
  • Windward Mall Regal Theatre, Kailua

The Holiday

  • Dec 6
  • Consolidated Theatres, Honolulu

Love Actually

  • Dec 8 – for one week
  • Windward Mall Regal Theatre, Kailua

A Christmas Story

  • Dec 10 & 13
  • Windward Mall Regal Theatre, Kailua

Its A Wonderful Life

  • Dec 13
  • Consolidated Theatres, Honolulu

A Christmas with The Chosen

  • Dec 12-17
  • Windward Mall Regal Theatre, Kailua

December Events In Chronological Order

All the same events listed above but arranged in chronological order so you can find what’s happening whenever you’re reading this!

Dec 2 Mililani Christmas Parade

Dec 2 Kanehoe Christmas Parade

Dec 3 CocoKeaholi Christmas Wreath Workshop

Dec 3, 10, & 17 Aloha Home Market Holiday Markets

Dec 7 Kailua Town Sip & Shop

Dec 7-23 Diamond Head Theater: A Charlie Brown Christmas

Dec 8-10 Hawaii Holiday Craft & Gift Fair

Dec 9 Santa arrives in Waikiki by Canoe

Dec 9 Ugly Christmas Sweater Paw-ty

Dec 9 Kapolani City Lights

Dec 9 Mele Kalikmaka Marketplace & Gingerbread Workshop

Dec 13 Marine Corps Band plays at Hale Koa

Dec 14, 15 Marine Coprs Band plays at MCBH Chapel *base access required

Dec 15 -16 Season’s Best Holiday Craft Fair

Dec 16 Hawaii Kai Boat Parade

Dec 16 Santa 5k Fun Run

Dec 17 Make A Wish Hawaii Jingle Rock Run

Dec 22, 23, 24 Breakfast with Santa at Hilton Hawaiian Village

Dec 23, 24 – Kapolei Commons Photobus

Traveling to Oahu? Get more tips & tricks here!

If you’re in the Portland area, check out this post on Portland Pediatrician about finding the right pediatrician for your family.

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  1. Ashlie says:

    Such a great list of fun holiday activities! This is the best time of the year! So much fun stuff to do. Thanks for putting together such a comprehensive list of holiday activities.

  2. Charis says:

    What a fantastic list of the Christmas events to attend in Oahu!

  3. This is the perfect resource for families in Oahu to get in the holiday spirit! Thanks for sharing!

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