2016 Holiday Happenings Calendar
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2016 Holiday Happenings Calendar

FAMILY FUN

>> Ward Village Ice Rink: Outdoor ice skating rink returns. Open daily through Jan. 16 (except Dec. 20) in Ward Village Courtyard. Food and refreshments available. Cost (includes skate rental): $16 for 90 minutes ($1 discount for Ward Village shoppers; ask merchants for coupon). Visit wardvillage.com/icerink.

• Cheap Skate Tuesdays: Enjoy $11 tickets 4 to 9 p.m. Nov. 29, Dec. 6 and 13, Jan. 10.

• Skate with special guests, including Santa Claus on Dec. 10 and 17, and princesses on Jan. 7 and 14 (subject to change).

>> Sandsational Snowmen: View two “Snowmen on Vacation” sand sculptures by Florida-based Sandsational Sand Sculpting at Sheraton Waikiki through early 2017. The first, made from 8 tons of sand, shows snowmen with surfboards; the second, made from 24 tons of sand, shows Santa serving cocktails to snowmen in a RumFire cabana. Visit sheraton-waikiki.com.

>> Town Center of Mililani’s Mililani Makeover: Friday to Dec. 4. Visit towncenterofmililani.com.

• Dec. 2: Hawaiian blessing by Danny Kaleikini at 10 a.m., entertainment at 10:30 a.m. and 2 and 3:15 p.m.; keiki activities including crafts, origami and temporary tattoos from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. in Center Courtyard; holiday story time from 2 to 4 p.m. in Kids Club; balloon animals and face painting from 3 to 5 p.m.; and “Sunset at Town Center” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. with outdoor screening of “The Secret Life of Pets.” Bring beach mats, blankets and backrests; no chairs.

Dec. 3: Watch the Mililani Hometown Holiday Parade, which ends at the center, and enjoy fun with Bungee the Clown from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Kids Club; photos with Santa from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Center Courtyard; animal balloons and face painting from noon to 2 p.m.; entertainment on Center Stage at 1:15 p.m.; Winter Wonderland snow time from 2 to 4 p.m. (near Zippy’s); princess dress-up, hair and makeup sessions with The Bella Project for girls ages 3 to 12 (in exchange for donating a new or gently used formal dress or formal accessories, or cash donation).

• Dec. 4: Brunch with Santa from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in Center Courtyard; fashion show near Jeans Warehouse and Cookies from 1 to 2:15 p.m.; entertainment on Center Stage from 2:30 to 4 p.m.; balloon animals and face painting from 3 to 5 p.m.; and “Pas de Deux” holiday show performance from 4 to 5 p.m.

>> “Let It Snow at Mililani Shopping Center”: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 3, 95-221 Kipapa Drive and 95-390 Kuahelani Ave.; kicks off with Mililani Hometown Holiday Parade watching (begins at Mililani High School stadium and ends at Town Center of Mililani). Enjoy a Snow Play Zone with 8 tons of snow, make-and-take crafts, games and a visit from Santa. Visit mililanishoppingcenter.com.

>> Makiki Mele Kalikimaka: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 3, Makiki District Park, 1527 Keeaumoku St., with keiki crafts and games, entertainment, photo booth and Santa visit at 10:30 a.m. Presented by city Department of Parks and Recreation’s Makiki Complex and Friends of Makiki. Call 768-9285.

>> Laulima Giving Day: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 3, Windward Mall Center Court. Celebrate with KHON-2 news personalities while helping local families in need by collecting new, unwrapped gifts or monetary donations. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

>> Kapolei Shopping Center’s Santa Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, 590 Farrington Highway. Features free photos with Santa, games, make-and-take crafts for keiki and visit from Rudolph. Visit kapoleishopping.com.

>> Toys for Tots Movie Night: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3, Honolulu Central Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2313 Nuuanu Ave. Bring a new, unwrapped toy (suitable for ages 2 to 17) and watch a movie while enjoying potluck dishes (no pork or seafood), refreshments and raffle drawings. Call 469-7193 or email browntiger35@aol.com.

>> Pearl City Parade and Cruz Night: Dec. 4, parade begins 4 p.m. at Momilani Elementary School and ends at Pearl City Shopping Center. Awards ceremony follows (fronting Finance Factors), with costumed characters, Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, community groups and others joining in anticipation of Santa’s arrival. To join the parade, visit mypearlcity.com. From 5 to 8 p.m. is Cruz Night, a car show featuring hot rods and classic cars near 76 service station and Longs Drugs.

>>Filipino Community Center’s Pasko sa FilCom: 3 to 7 p.m. Dec. 4, FilCom Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu. Features keiki games and activities, parol-making contest, tabletop Christmas tree contest, choral and karaoke contests, food demonstrations, entertainment and more. Call 680-0451.

>> Deaf Santa Celebration: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 8, Pearlridge Center Uptown. Keiki share their wish lists in American Sign Language with Deaf Santa and his interpreting elves. Call 203-2358 or visit pearlridgeonline.com.

>> Christmas in Polynesia: 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 9-22, Polynesian Cultural Center, Hukilau Marketplace, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. Food, fun, entertainment and holiday canoe rides ($5) from 6:30 to 9 p.m. nightly; free admission for visitors who present a Pepsi product upon entry Mondays through Thursdays. Call 293-3333 or visit polynesia.com.

>> Live Nativity Christmas Story: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10, 16-17, Waimanalo Country Farms, 41-225 Lupe St.; gates open 6:45 p.m. and close at 7:15 p.m. With country market, s’mores fire pits and more. Call 306-4381 or visit 808ne.ws/2f0pttv.

>> Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii’s Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 10 a.m. Dec. 10, Kualoa Ranch. Features photo ops with Santa and Kualoa’s “animal friends,” keiki games and crafts, face painting, prize drawings, holiday and Hawaiian music and more, with special 20-minute holiday trolley rides ($3) through Kualoa Ranch every 30 minutes from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Fundraiser for Kualoa Big Brothers Big Sisters Scholarship Fund. Cost: $20. For reservations, call 213-3101.

>> Breakfast With Santa and Holiday Fun Fair: 8:30 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10, Kalaheo High School cafeteria. Enjoy breakfast with Santa, write a letter to Santa, create ornaments, decorate cookies and cardboard gingerbread houses, and more. Accepting donations of nonperishable food items for Hawaii Foodbank and unwrapped gifts for Toys for Tots. Cost: $10 pre-sale, $12 at the door, free for keiki under age 4 with paying adult. Email mustangsaf@gmail.com.

>> “Sweet Frosty Dreams”: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 10, Salt Lake Shopping Center, 848 Ala Lilikoi St. Features 8 tons of snow, Salt Lake Express trackless train, make-and-take gingerbread ornament crafts, games on Candy Cane Lane, prize giveaways and photos with Santa (bring your own camera, or professional photos available for a fee). Visit saltlakeshoppingcenter.com.

>> Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii’s Brunch With Santa: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Dec. 10, Dole Cannery, Pomaikai Ballroom, 735 Iwilei Road. With brunch buffet, photos with Santa and costumed characters including Elmo, Pikachu, ice queens and superheroes, with live entertainment, keiki activities, arts and crafts, bake sale and more. Parking: $6 with validation. Cost: $35 for ages 10 and older, $25 for ages 2 to 9, free for under age 2 (but will not have a seat). Benefit for Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii. Visit preventchildabusehawaii.org.

>> Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace and Gingerbread Workshop: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 10 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 11, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Take photos with Santa and Rudolph, and find a selection of food products; books; apparel; jewelry; crafts; prepackaged gift baskets; year-end inventory specials from manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers; and holiday pop-up shops. Stop by the Gingerbread Workshop for cookie decorating, make-and-take crafts, activities and story time to benefit the Boys and Girls Club of Hawaii. Cost: $4; $3 for seniors ages 60 and older, students and military; free for ages 12 and under with paid adult. Call 732-6037 or visit melekalikimakamarketplace.com.

>> Kapolei City Lights: Dec. 10 on Uluohia Street fronting Kapolei Hale. Food trucks and vendors open at 4 p.m. with viewing of the tree and wreath exhibit, followed by entertainment from 5 to 9 p.m. by hula halau, Sean Naauao, Ahi Wela, Kaiao, Brown Bags to Stardom winners and more. At 6 p.m. the West Oahu Electric Light Parade kicks off on a new route starting west on Kapolei Parkway from Fort Barrett Road, proceeding to Kealakapu Street. Vehicles will be parked on Alohikea Street for viewing and picture-taking following the parade. Tree-lighting ceremony begins at 7 p.m.; night ends with Hawaiian-style concert. Call 768-6622 or visit honolulu.gov/moca.

>> Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawaii’s Christmas Party: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10, Waimanalo Polo Field Clubhouse. Dinner, bounce house, hayrides, silent auction, raffle prizes and more. Cost: $20, $12 for children under age 10; after Dec. 1, prices are $30 and $20. Visit thhwaimanalo.org.

>>“A Special Hula for the Holidays with Nakeu Awai and Friends”: Holiday hula class for keiki, 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 11, Na Mea Hawai‘i, Ward Warehouse. Keiki ages 5 to 8 learn to sing and dance to “Pupu Hinuhinu.” Cost: $20. To reserve a space, call 596-8885 or visit nameahawaii.com.

>> “A Washington Place Christmas”: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec. 11, 320 S. Beretania St. Enjoy a guided stroll through the historic 168-year-old home and learn about its Christmas traditions. Ballet Hawaii will preview its “The Nutcracker” production set in 1858 at Washington Place and offer a fashion show of new costumes. Adults must present a picture ID. Free parking at the state Department of Health (Kinau Hale building). Suggested donation for adults is $5 to the Washington Place Foundation, with proceeds to benefit preservation efforts and programs for the historic home. Reservations required by Dec. 8. Call 586-0248 or visit washingtonplacefoundation.org.

>> Hawaii Seniors Annual Hanukkah Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 15, Temple Emanu-El, Social Hall, 2550 Pali Highway. Features Hanukkah performance by preschoolers. Cost: $5. Reservation deadline is Dec. 13; email admin@shaloha.com.

>> Breakfast With Santa at the Moana Surfrider’s Veranda: 9 a.m. to noon Dec. 17-18, Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa, Waikiki. The breakfast buffet comes with a personal visit with Santa, gingerbread decorating with the hotel’s pastry chef and special gift from Santa. Cost: $45, $35 for ages 6 to 12. For reservations, call 921-4600.

>> Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 18, Honolulu Museum of Art. Activities include cookie decorating, creating a solstice globe, a Pasko celebration and parol-making workshop, entertainment by Oahu Civic Orchestra and Mango Season, and free Family Film Sunday showings of New York International Children’s Film Festival’s Best of the Fest at 11:10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Ride free shuttle bus to Spalding House for an extension of activities. Visit 808ne.ws/2g4y9Me.

>> Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s Jingle Rock Run 2016: Dec. 18; festivities begin 3 p.m. Keiki Sprint for ages 12 and under at 5:15 p.m. and 5K Run/Walk at 6 p.m., starting and ending at state Capitol and passing by Honolulu City Lights displays. After-party includes entertainment and food vendors. Pet division offered. Prices: $25-$40. To register, visit jinglerockrun.com.

MUSIC & MERRIMENT

>> Holiday Concert Series at Kahala Mall: More than 60 groups will perform through Dec. 23, including Ben & Maila (Dec. 3), Maunalua (Dec. 10), Streetlight Cadence (Dec. 17), and Kupaoa and Mark Yamanaka (Dec. 23). Performances are from 2 to 3 p.m. Visit kahalamallcenter.com.

>> Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Christmas Concert: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 27, Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band will perform holiday favorites with guest artists Henry Kapono, Keahi Conjugacion, Chris Vandercook, Melissa Collison, Eddie Ortiz of Son Caribe and comedian Bo Irvine. Free admission but tickets are required; available at theater box office (limit four per person). Donations of new and unwrapped toys or cash will be accepted for Marine Corps’ Toys for Tots. Call 528-0506 or 477-8301, or email marforpacpao@usmc.mil.

>> Windward Mall Sounds of the Season: Center Court. Entertainment by Hoomaikai Hula Halau, Nov. 27; Ukulele Club of Hawaii, Dec. 6; Kainalu Elementary School chorus and percussion, Dec. 7; Koolau Baptist Academy, Dec. 8; Waiau Elementary School, Dec. 9; Hawaii Youth Chorus, Dec. 13; Waipahu Elementary School chorus, Dec. 16; Ke Kula Mele Hawaii o Akaka Winter Concert, Inspiration Studios, Halau Hula Mai Ka Puuwai a ka Manao, Dec. 17; Halau Olapakuikalai o Hokuaulani, Dec. 18; and Performing Artist Academy, Dec. 19. For times, visit windwardmall.com.

>> Pearlridge Center: 7 to 8 p.m., Downtown Center Court. Performance lineup includes Waiau Elementary School, Nov. 30; Pearl City Elementary School and Na Leo Nahenahe ‘O Puuloa, Dec. 1; Highlands Intermediate School Chorus, Dec. 8; and Aiea Intermediate School, Dec. 9. Call 203-2358 or visit pearlridgeonline.com.

>> Honolulu Handbell Ensemble Christmas Concerts: Four performances, noon Dec. 2, Pacific Guardian Center Courtyard, 733 Bishop St.; noon Dec. 10, Hawaii State Library; and 7 p.m. Dec. 17-18 at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Call 779-1019.

>> First Friday at HiSAM: 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 2, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., second floor. Enjoy holiday classics by Ruth Freedman on her antique harp. Presented by Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts. Call 586-9959.

>> “The Elf Who Saved Christmas”: Two shows Dec. 4, 2 and 5 p.m., Windward Community College, Paliku Theatre. Family-friendly performance features “Ukulele Singalong!” so bring an ukulele and join in the fun. Presented by the Sounds of Aloha Chorus, part of the Aloha Chapter of Barbershop Harmony Society. Call 262-SONG (7664) or visit soundsofaloha.org.

>> Voices of Aloha Christmas concert: 6 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 4, McKinley High School auditorium, 1039 S. King St. The 50-member chorus performs seasonal classics under the direction of Mark Yasuhara. Cost: $10. Tickets available on event day from 5 p.m. or in advance online at 808ne.ws/2fDuuoL. Donations welcome; visit voicesofaloha.live.

>> Handel’s Messiah Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 4, Central Union Church, 1660 S. Beretania St., featuring Central Union Oratorio Choir, soloists and chamber ensemble, conducted by Alec Schumacker. Offerings welcome. Call 941-0957 or visit centralunionchurch.org.

>> Oahu Civic Orchestra Winter Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 5, Chaminade University, Eiben Hall, 3140 Waialae Ave. Call 734-2925.

>> Windward Community College holiday concerts: Featuring students, guest artists and holiday music. All events held on campus. Donations welcome. Visit windward.hawaii.edu.

• Winter piano concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, Paliku Theatre. Piano Program students perform solos, duets, trios and quartets of holiday classics. Email sochong@hawaii.edu.

• Hanauna Mele Concert Series: 7 p.m. Dec. 7, Paliku Theatre. With slack-key guitar and ukulele students from WCC and UH-West Oahu, with special guest Sean Naauao. Email kamuelam@hawaii.edu.

• Intro to Hawaiian Music: 7 p.m. Dec. 8, Hale A‘o (Hawaiian Studies Halau Mele). Features voice students singing traditional Hawaiian songs accompanied by students from Hawaiian music class. Email kaalac@hawaii.edu.

• Vocal Music: 7 p.m. Dec. 9, Paliku Theatre. Student ensembles and soloists unite in an eclectic program of song, ukulele and hula. Email kaalac@hawaii.edu.

>> Keiki Christmas Hoolaulea: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dec. 10, Windward Mall, Center Court, with keiki hula. Call 235-1143 or visit windwardmall.com.

>> Masaki School of Music’s Ala Moana Christmas Extravaganza: 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Ala Moana Centerstage, with more than 100 piano students. Call 593-9395 or visit masakischoolofmusic.com.

>> Celtic Waves’ Winter Solstice Celebration: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 10, Hawaii Public Radio’s Atherton Studio, 738 Kaheka St. Cost: $30, $25 for members, $15 for students. Call 955-8821 or visit hprtickets.org.

>> “Way Too Merry: A Winter Concert”: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. Presented by Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu. Tickets are $25 and $50; discounts for members, seniors ages 62 and older, military, students, groups and youths ages 4 to 17. Call 528-0506.

>> “Winter Divertissements”: 1 to 3:30 p.m. and 5 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Saint Louis School, Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Waialae Ave. Performances by three professional dancers from Honolulu Classical Ballet along with the entire studio of students ages 3 to 17, who will dance to holiday favorites and excerpts from “The Nutcracker.” Cost: $25. Visit hcballet.eventbrite.com.

>> Children’s Music Concert: 11 to 11:45 a.m. Dec. 13, Kailua Elks Club Lodge, 48 Maluniu Ave. Sing and dance along to musical favorites with a twist at this family event ideal for keiki under age 5. To RSVP, visit keikimusic.eventbrite.com.

>> Christmas Musical Event: Performance by Honolulu Blend Chorus and Arsenio, 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Dec. 16, Pacific Guardian Center Courtyard, 733 Bishop St. Call 382-9495.

>> Windward Choral Society 2016 Holiday Concert Series: “A Carol of Joy” concert with Marine Forces, Pacific Band’s Wind Ensemble at both events, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Central Union Church, with organist Margaret Lloyd; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18, St. John Vianney Church, Kailua. Donations welcome. Call 254-5717 or visit thewindwardchoralsociety.org.

>> “Willow Sings Songs of the Season”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre, 900 S. Beretania St. Vocalist Willow Chang and guests Bobbie Nishida, Duane Padilla and Ernie Provencher celebrate the season through music, stories and movement. Tickets range from $20 to $25. Call 292-0820 or visit willowchang.com.

>> “Merriest Hawaiian Christmas” Christmas Banquet: 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 17, St. Louis Alumni Clubhouse, 916 Coolidge St. Features a Hawaiian luau buffet, no-host cocktails, free photos with Hawaiian Santa, entertainment by Ekolu Makou (The Gora Sisters), Glenn Medeiros and comedian Frank De Lima, with door prizes. Cost: $30, $15 for children ages 12 and older, $200 for a table of eight. Presented by St. Louis Alumni Association. Open to members and guests. RSVP by Dec. 13. Call 949-6633 or 955-6618, or email slaa001@hawaii.rr.com.

>> Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ Annual Christmas Concert: Two performances, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 and 18, Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Features traditional carols and holiday songs by children, youth and adult choirs, and orchestral selections, with performances by Drill Team Hawaii, Honolulu Handbell Ensemble, and guest singers Tory Current, Christopher Lowe and Kristian Lei. Visit the “Giving Tree” to donate to Shriners Hospitals for Children. Call 358-6935.

>> The Amy & Willie Holiday Show: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. Ticket prices range from $65 to $95. Visit hawaiitheatre.com.

>> Music of Hawaii: HAPA: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 17, Doris Duke Theatre, Honolulu Museum of Art. Barry Flanagan and Ron Kualaau perform the duo’s trademark songs and holiday selections, with Tarvin Makala on bass and vocals, and Miss Hawaii USA 2006 Radasha Hoohuli. Cost: $25, $20 for members. Visit 808ne.ws/musichapa.

>> Oahu Civic Orchestra Winter Concert: 11:15 a.m. Dec. 18, Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St., to be held in conjunction with the museum’s Family Sunday event. Call 734-2925.

>> Masaki School of Music’s Christmas Strings Concert: 4 p.m. Dec. 20, Kahala Mall. Features a performance by the school’s violin and cello students. Call 593-9395 or visit masakischoolofmusic.com.

>> Na Leo & Friends’ Joyful Christmas Celebration: 7:45 to 9:45 p.m. Dec. 21, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom, 100 Holomoana St. Enjoy an evening of music, hula and laughs with Jerry Santos, Kaumakaiwa Kanakaole and Miss Aloha 2016 Kaiulani Carr. The event aims to bring awareness to Joyful Heart Foundation’s mission to empower victims of sexual assault, domestic violence and child abuse. Cost: $70, $85 for VIP; discounts for keiki ages 2 to 12. Call 956-1111 or visit hawaiiprincehotel.com/events.

>> Home for the Holidays Concert: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 23, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom; doors open 7 p.m. Features performances by Kupaoa, Streetlight Cadence, Blayne Asing, Alx Kawakami and others. Cost (includes cocktail): $42. Call 952-4789 or visit hawaiiprincehotel.com/events.

>> Christmas Concert & Brunch: 10 a.m. Dec. 24, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. Performances by Jay Larrin, Melveen Leed, Streetlight Cadence and others. Cost: $69. Call 952-4789 or visit hawaiiprincehotel.com/events.

HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS

The following events will be held in conjunction with Honolulu City Lights festivities:

>> Hawaiian Mission Houses’ City Lights Parade viewing and festivities: 4 to 6 p.m. Dec. 3 at Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives (553 S. King St.), 6 to 9 p.m., with open tours of the historic houses and activities such as pill and candle making, 19th-century games and more. Cost: $5. Call 447-3923 or visit missionhouses.org.

>> Honolulu City Lights Yuletide Concert: 5 p.m. Dec. 3, Kawaiaha‘o Church. Call 532-1260 or email buddy@kawaiahao.org.

>> Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tours: 6:30 to 9 p.m. Dec. 4-30 (except Dec. 24-25). Cost: $7.75, free for keiki under 3. Proceeds benefit Hawaii Foodbank. Call 591-8411 or visit wardvillage.com/trolley or holidaylightstour.com.

32ND ANNUAL HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS

For details, visit honolulucitylights.org or honolulu.gov/csd. Events televised live on ‘Olelo Channel 49.

>> Opening-night festivities, Dec. 3: Free parking in municipal lot.

• Kicks off 4 p.m. with keiki rides and food at Honolulu Hale and Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds.

• Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade departs from Aala Park at 6 p.m., proceeds on King Street and ends at Honolulu Hale.

• Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins 6 p.m. in front of Honolulu Hale.

• Tree lighting at 6:30 p.m. with University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich and Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School students; employee Christmas tree displays and Holiday Wreath Contest entries on view in Honolulu Hale Courtyard. Look for Santa in Mission Memorial Auditorium for picture taking (provided by Hawaiian Telcom).

• Holiday concert near Sky Gate scultpure at 7:30 p.m. with Hula Halau Olana, Blayne Asing, Mailani Makainai and Sean Naauao. Floats and decorated city vehicles will be parked between Honolulu Hale and Alapai and South streets.

HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS WILL BE OPEN DAILY FROM 8 A.M. TO 11 P.M., THROUGH JAN. 1.

>> Special events:

• Free photos with Santa in Honolulu Hale, 7 to 9 p.m. Dec. 9 (courtesy DTL), and Dec. 16 and 23 (courtesy Kraft Heinz).

• Free movie night, 7 p.m. Dec. 17 (courtesy 7-Eleven Hawaii) on Civic Center grounds.

• Performance by Hula Hui o Kapunahala o Nuuanu YMCA, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 18 fronting Honolulu Hale.

• Free Milk and Cookies Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 23 near front steps of Honolulu Hale.

PET-FRIENDLY

>> Photos with Santa:

• Ala Moana Center: For cats and dogs only, Mall Level 2, Ewa Wing (in Bloomingdale’s Court). Hours are 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 28, Dec. 5 and 12; 6 to 9 p.m. Dec. 19.

• Ward Center: 5 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 24, Santa’s Beach House, Ward Entertainment Center, box office level.

• Windward Mall: 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesdays, through Dec. 24.

>> Ugly Christmas Sweater Paw-ty: 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Dec. 11, Hawaii Doggie Bakery, 2961-C E. Manoa Road. Come dressed in your (and your dog’s) ugly Christmas sweaters and bandannas to enter contest for “ugliest” attire, with free treats and discounts on baked goods. Call 783-7390 or visit hawaiidoggiebakery.org.

>> Hawaiian Humane Society’s “A Home for the Holidays”: Adopt a pet Dec. 23-24 and take advantage of the “Twelve Days of Pet-mas” adoption special with $12 adoption fees for all animals. For an additional $100, Santa’s elves will make a special delivery of adopted pets on Christmas morning between 8 a.m. and noon. Call 356-2218 or visit hawaiianhumane.org/holidaydelivery.

AT THE MALLS

Ala Moana Center

Visit alamoanacenter.com.

>> Photos with Santa: Through Dec. 24, Mall Level 2, Ewa Wing (in Bloomingdale’s Court). Hours: Through Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays, and till 6 p.m. Sundays; Dec. 16-23, 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Dec. 24, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Kahala Mall

Visit kahalamallcenter.com.

>> Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily through Dec. 8 (Sundays till 6 p.m.), 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 9-23, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

International Market Place

Visit shopinternationalmarketplace.com.

>> Holiday light show: Through Jan. 1, holiday-themed images come to life on a 100-foot light display following the “O Na Lani Sunset Stories” sunset performance on the Grand Lanai.

>> Strolling Santa: Weekends from Saturday to Dec. 24, an aloha attire-clad Santa Claus will meet and greet visitors, posing for photos from 3 to 10 p.m.

Pearlridge Center

Visit pearlridgeonline.com.

>> Photos with Santa: Through Dec. 24, Downtown Center Court. Hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through Dec. 9, 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 10-23 and 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Photo packages start at $25.

>> Holiday Locomotive: Keiki under 48 inches tall may ride on a custom-built, scale-model train through a holiday Toyland, through Jan. 8, Uptown Center Court. Hours vary. Tickets: $3.50, $29 for booklet of 10.

Royal Hawaiian Center

2201 Kalakaua Ave., Waikiki. Call 922-2299 or visit royalhawaiiancenter.com.

>> Meet “Santa Marty” as he greets visitors beneath a 25-foot holiday tree, 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesdays through Dec. 21, in Royal Grove. Entertainment by Keauhou Wednesday and Dec. 14, Weldon Kekauoha Dec. 7 and Waipuna Dec. 21.

Ward Village

Visit wardvillage.com.

>> Photos at Santa’s Beach House: Through Dec. 24, Ward Entertainment Center, box office level. Photo packages start at $20.

Windward Mall

Visit windwardmall.com.

>> Photos with Santa: Through Dec. 24 at Toy Works Santa Photo Set. Hours are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and till 6 p.m. Sundays, with daily breaks from 2 to 3 p.m. Packages start at $25. Call 951-STAR (7827).

PARADES

>> Kaimuki Christmas Parade: 6 p.m. Dec. 1. Begins at Saint Louis School/Chaminade University, proceeds along Waialae Avenue to Koko Head Avenue, ends at municipal parking lot.

>> Wahiawa Town: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2. Starts at Kaala Elementary School, proceeds to California Avenue and North Cane Street, ends at Center Street. Sponsored by Wahiawa Community & Business Association.

>> Kaneohe: 9 a.m. Dec. 3. Begins at Windward Mall on Haiku Road, proceeds along Kamehameha Highway to Kaneohe Bay Drive, ends at Castle High School.

>> Mililani Hometown Holiday Parade: 9 a.m. Dec. 3. Begins at Mililani High School stadium at Kipapa Drive; proceeds past Mililani Shopping Center, right on Moenamanu Street, left on Kuahelani Avenue, right on Meheula Parkway, left on Lanikuhana Avenue; ends at Town Center of Mililani.

>> Street Bikers United Toys for Tots Caravan: Dec. 4, 11 a.m. Begins at Magic Island (Ala Moana Beach Park), down Ala Moana Boulevard to Kalakaua and Monsarrat avenues and Diamond Head Road; ends at Kapiolani Community College.

>> Pearl City: Dec. 4, 4 p.m. Begins at Momilani Elementary School and proceeds to Hookiekie, Hoomoana and Hoolaulea streets; ends at Pearl City Shopping Center.

>> Kapahulu-Moiliili: Dec. 8, 6:30 p.m. Begins at Kuhio Elementary School; proceeds along mauka side of South King Street to makai side of Beretania Street, left on Isenberg Street; ends at Old Stadium Park. Sponsored by Kapahulu-Moiliili Lions Club.

>> Haleiwa: Dec. 9, 6 p.m. Starts at Weed Circle, proceeds to Kamehameha Highway through Haleiwa town; ends at Haleiwa Beach Park. Sponsored by North Shore Community Chamber of Commerce/Haleiwa Main Street.

>> Aiea: Dec. 10, 9 a.m. Starts at Pearlridge Elementary School parking lot; proceeds to Moanalua Road and Kaamilo, Ulune and Halewiliko streets; ends at Aiea Sugar Mill. Sponsored by Aiea Community Association.

>> Gentry Waipio: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. Starts at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center on Ukee Street, proceeds to Ka Uka Boulevard and Waipio Uka Street; returns to shopping center. Sponsored by Gentry Waipio Community Association.

>> Waianae Coast: Dec. 10, 10 a.m. Starts at Waianae Boat Harbor, proceeds to Farrington Highway; ends at Waianae Mall. Sponsored by Waianae Coast Rotary Club.

>> Waipahu: Dec. 10, 3 p.m. Starts at Waipahu Elementary School, proceeds to Waipahu and Leoku streets; ends at Leolua Street (behind Waipahu Town Center). Sponsored by Leeward Oahu Lions Club.

>> Manoa: Dec. 10, 5 p.m. Starts at Noelani Elementary School; proceeds to Woodlawn Drive, Kolowalu Street, East Manoa Road, Lowrey Avenue and Manoa Road; ends at Manoa Park. Sponsored by East Manoa Lions Club.

>> West Oahu Electric Light Parade (Kapolei): Dec. 10, 6 p.m. Starts at Fort Barrett Road, proceeds west on Kapolei Parkway (mauka side) and ends at Kealakapu Street. Sponsored by Friends of Kapolei Hale and City and County of Honolulu.

>> Olomana: Dec. 11, 2:30 p.m. Starts at Maunawili Elementary School, proceeds to Ulupii, Ulupuni, Uluohao, Uluhala, Ulupuni and Ulukou streets; returns to school. Sponsored by Olomana Community Association.

>> Ewa Beach: Dec. 17, 10 a.m. Starts at Ilima Intermediate School parking lot, proceeds to Fort Weaver Road, Kuhina and Hanakahi streets, North and Fort Weaver roads; returns to school parking lot. Sponsored by Ewa Beach Lions Club.

ON STAGE

>> “Elf the Musical Jr.”: Two “Family Night” shows, 6 p.m. Dec. 1 and 8, with additional performances 7 p.m. Dec. 2, 6 p.m. Dec. 3, and 7 p.m. Dec. 9-10, Kapolei High School, 91-5007 Kapolei Parkway. Based on the Will Ferrell movie. Presented by Performing Arts Center of Kapolei. Tickets: $6, VIP $10 online or $12 at the door. Picnic-style seating. Call 305-8048 or visit packapolei.org.

• Special dinner show ($35, $50 VIP) Dec. 3 offers a “Santa’s Craft Corner,” Candy Shoppe with chocolate fountain, visits by Santa and elf, and meet-and-greet with cast.

>> “A Christmas Carol, The Musical”: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 2-3; 4 p.m. Dec. 4; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-10; 4 p.m. Dec. 11; 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15-17; 4 p.m. Dec. 18; and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22-23, Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave. Tickets: $15-$35. Call 733-0274 or visit diamondheadtheatre.com.

>> “One Act of Love”: 7 p.m. Dec. 8-11, First Assembly of God, Red Hill Campus, 3400 Moanalua Road; doors open 6 p.m. Original Christmas production with live orchestra. In the year 2025, Hawaii has transformed into a fast-paced, self-centered society that ruins the Christmas spirit. Call 836-2300 or visit firstaog.com.

‘NUTCRACKER’

>> Ballet Hawaii: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 16-17, and 2 p.m. Dec. 18, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Set in the Kingdom of Hawaii circa 1858, with Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and guest artists from New York City Ballet and Carolina Ballet. Tickets: $39-$120 via phone, 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com or Blaisdell Box Office. Visit ballethawaii.org.

>> Hawaii State Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 16; 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 17; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 18, Mamiya Theatre, Saint Louis School. Tickets: $20-$36; discounts for seniors, military, children and groups. Visit danceticketing.com/23357. Call 947-2755 or visit hawaiistateballet.com.

GRAB BAG

>> Lights on the Hill: First Assembly of God, 3400 Moanalua Road. Walk through a 50-foot lighted tunnel to Santa’s Workshop, where you’ll find a 20-foot-tall Olaf, towering Christmas trees and a manger scene; plus 60-foot laser light show synchronized to music. Lights are turned on nightly from 6 to 10 p.m., through Dec. 25. Call 836-2300 or visit firstaog.com.

>> Chaminade University’s holiday lighting event: The moment of illumination will be sparked at 6 p.m. Nov. 28 fronting the campus’ Clarence T.C. Ching Hall, 3140 Waialae Ave. The public is welcome to drive through the campus throughout the holidays. Call 735-4711 or visit chaminade.edu.

>> Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa’s annual lighting ceremony for Make-A-Wish Hawaii: 5 to 6 p.m. Dec. 1, 2424 Kalakaua Ave. With emcee Jordan Segundo and musical performances by Na Leo Pilimehana and Kuuipo Kumukahi, plus picture-taking with beauty queens.

>> Winter Walk 2016: Through December, Chinatown businesses, shops, boutiques, restaurants and galleries provide those on foot with a nightime Winter Walk filled with festive window decorations. For map and list of participants, visit facebook.com/discoverchinatown.

>> Chamber Holiday Party: 5:30 to 8 p.m. Dec. 2, Halekulani Hotel, Hau Terrace. Enjoy a night of networking with members of the local business community, with heavy pupu, beverages and door prizes. Presented by Chamber of Commerce Hawaii. Cost: $57 ($47 for members); $15 late fee after Nov. 28. Call 545-4300 or visit cochawaii.org.

>> St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church’s Lessons and Carols: 5 p.m. Dec. 11 at the church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, Kailua. Call 262-8176.

>> “SNOW! and Other Things: A Free Concert of Readings and Carols”: Two events, 4 p.m. Dec. 11, Kawaiahao Church, 957 Punchbowl St.; and 6:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Hawaii Prince Hotel, Waikiki. Visit honoluluchorale.org.

>> A Night of Wishes: A Christmas party for small businesses and their employees that benefits Make-A-Wish Hawaii, 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. Dec. 16, Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, Regency Ballroom. With food stations, wine and whiskey tasting, games, door prizes, dancing and entertainment by Gregg Hammer and Kaleo Pilanca. Cost: $100, $900 for table of 10. Call 237-6230 or email hnlrwcatering@hyatt.com.

>> Day Before Christmas Potluck: 1 to 2 p.m. Dec. 24, Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2313 Nuuanu Ave. Vegetarian dishes (no meat or seafood), canned fruits, bread, dessert, juice, soymilk and other selections are welcome. Call 469-7193 or email browntiger35@aol.com.

>> Celebration of Hanukkah Festival of Lights and dinner: Dec. 30, with Shabbat Hanukkah dinner at 6 p.m. and Shabbat service with menorah lighting at 7:30 p.m.; dessert to follow, 2550 Pali Highway. Donations welcome. Call 595-7521 or visit shaloha.com.

>> Christmas at Queen Emma Summer Palace: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 10 and 17, 2913 Pali Highway, Nuuanu. View the new “The Craft of Hawaiian Plaiting” exhibit with the Makaloa Mat of Queen Liliuokalani, listen to Christmas music and learn about King Kamehameha IV’s 1862 proclamation that made Christmas a holiday in the kingdom. Cost: $5, $1 for keiki, free for ages 3 and under. Call 595-3167 or visit daughtersofhawaii.org.

ARTS & CRAFTS

>> Furoshiki (alternative gift wrapping): 1 p.m. Nov. 28, Waianae Public Library. Call 697-7868 or visit librarieshawaii.org/waianae.

>> Holiday ornaments: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 3, Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden. Create decorative ornaments using dried plants, shells and recycled materials. Register by Dec. 1. Call 233-7323.

>> Na Mea Hawai‘i workshops: Call 596-8885 or visit nameahawaii.com

• Lau hala ornament workshops: Two sessions Dec. 3, 1 and 2 p.m. Cost: $12 for three different ornaments

• Shell and fiber angel ornament: 2 to 3 p.m. Dec. 4. Create an angel tree ornament using natural shells, organic fiber and other objects. For all ages. Materials provided. Cost: $8 per angel.

• Holiday card-making workshops: Two sessions Dec. 4, 1 and 2 p.m. Artist Lynn Cook demonstrates techniques of using stamping and decoupage to create cards with petroglyph symbols and designs. Cost: $12 for three cards.

• Hawaiian holiday wreath making: Two sessions Dec. 10, 1 to 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. Create a simple woven wreath using lau hala. Materials included. Cost: $30.

>> Succulent wreaths: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 6, and two classes Dec. 10, 10 to 11:30 a.m. and noon to 1:30 p.m., Foster Botanical Garden (requires garden admission fee); 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 8 at Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden; and 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Wahiawa Botanical Garden (requires garden admission fee). Plants provided. Bring gardening gloves and clippers. Limited to 20 participants. Cost: $25. For reservations, call 522-7066.

>> Lyon Arboretum workshops: 3860 Manoa Road. Sponsored by Garden Club of Honolulu. Cost: $20, plus $25 supply fee. To register, call 988-0456 or visit manoa.hawaii.edu/lyonarboretum.

• Living Christmas wreaths: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 9. Create a 13-inch vine wreath and use tillandsia and embellishments to create a holiday wreath. Bring scissors.

• Holiday swags: From Garden to Table: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 16. Learn how to use various types of foliage, flowers and dried materials to create centerpieces for the dining table. Plant materials provided, or bring items from your own garden; bring clippers.

>> Second Saturday at HiSAM: 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 10, Hawaii State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St., second floor. Learn how to weave with lau hala leaves and create tiny clay reindeer. For all ages; materials provided. Parking available at Alii Place (1099 Alakea St.) or Iolani Palace. Call 586-9958.

>> Christmas centerpiece: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 13, Foster Botanical Garden. Create a holiday centerpiece using dried and natural materials from the garden. Cost: $15, plus garden admission. For reservations, call 522-7066.

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