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    Anna Koerner performs in the Marzipan dance in Hawaii State Ballet’s 29th annual production of The Nutcracker.

We’ve made our holiday fun list and checked it twice, so you can enjoy the season with events exciting and nice.


Open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. through Jan. 1.

» The 31st annual Honolulu City Lights opening-night festivities, Dec. 5 at Honolulu Hale:

• Food booths and keiki rides open 4 p.m. at Sky Gate.

• Kicks off 6 p.m. with a tree-lighting ceremony and Electric Light Parade.

• At 6:30 p.m., Mayor Kirk Caldwell illuminates the 50-foot tree, triggering the “corridor of lights” along King and Punchbowl streets. Honolulu Hale Courtyard opens with creative displays and ornaments on Christmas trees decorated by city employees and wreath contest entries in the Lane Gallery.

• At 7:30 p.m., enjoy a holiday concert on the stage near Sky Gate with Kapena, Amy Hanaiali’i, Kalei Gamiao and Halau Hula O Hokulani, and family activities on the grounds of Frank F. Fasi Civic Center. Visit Santa in the Mission Memorial Auditorium for free photos sponsored by Hawaiian Telcom. Parade vehicles will be parked between Honolulu Hale and Alapai/South streets until 8:30 p.m.

• The courtyard closes at 11 p.m.

» Sponsored activities:

• Toys for Tots collection drive with the 501st Legion Storm Troopers: 6 to 9 p.m., Dec. 11, fronting Honolulu Hale. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for keiki in need.

• Young Brothers’ Keiki Ornament Craft Night, 6 to 8 p.m., Dec. 12, Civic Center grounds.

• Kraft’s Free Photo with Santa Nights, 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 18 and Dec. 23, in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard.

• Free Milk & Cookies Night, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 19, fronting Honolulu Hale. Sponsored by

• 7-Eleven Hawaii’s Family Movie Night, 7 to 9 p.m., Dec. 19, Civic Center grounds. Bring blankets for lawn seating. Food booths will be open.

» Honolulu City Lights Parade Viewing: Enjoy family activities prior to the parade with reserved seating on the grounds of Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site and Archives, 553 S. King St. Activities such as candle-making and 19th-century games run from 4 to 6 p.m., followed by parade viewing from 6 to 9 p.m. Food available for purchase from food trucks and the Mission Social Hall and Cafe. Cost: $5 per person. Call 447-3910 or visit

» Fire Truck Hawaii: Dec. 6 through 27; tours start at 6 p.m. and leave every 30 minutes; check-in 15 minutes prior to departure time. Meet at Mission Houses Museum (near the double French doors), 553 S. King St. Enjoy a 20- to 25-minute Honolulu City Lights tour aboard a classic 1936 firetruck. Make reservations online at Cost (cash only): $12, $6 for ages 2 and under. Call 781-7389.

» Ward Village’s Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tours: Dec. 6 through 30 nightly; arrive 10 minutes prior to departure time. The trolley stop is located at the bus stop on Auahi Street. A portion of proceeds from ticket sales will benefit Hawaii FoodBank. Cost: $6.50 per person, free for ages 3 and under (must sit on adult’s lap). Tickets available online at For information, call 591-8411.


» Ala Moana Center:

• Photos with Santa: Mall Level 2, Ewa Wing. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 10; 9:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily from Dec. 11 to 23; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24.

» Kahala Mall: Visit

• Photos with Santa: Features a new Santa set with a storybook theme. 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Dec. 10 (except Nov. 29 and Dec. 6 with hours from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.); 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 11 through Dec. 22; and 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Santa takes a daily break from 2 to 3 p.m.

» Pearlridge Center: Call 488-0981 or visit

• Photos with Santa: Downtown Center Court. 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 12; 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 13 through 23; and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dec. 24. Santa takes a daily break from 2 to 3 p.m.

• Pearlridge Express: Keiki under 4 feet tall may ride the custom-built, scale-model and fully functioning locomotive through Uptown Center Court. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Jan. 10 with special hours Dec. 10 from 12:30 to 8 p.m. (to accommodate special keiki guests from the Deaf Santa Celebration); and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, and Jan. 1. Tickets: $3.50 per child; or purchase a 10-ticket ride booklet for $29.

» Ward Entertainment Center: Call 591-8411 or visit

• “Santa’s Beach House,” through Dec. 24, Box Office Level. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. daily (except on Dec. 24 with hours of 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.)

» Windward Mall: Call 235-1143 or visit

• Photos with Santa: 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 24, Center Court. Santa takes a daily break from 2 to 3 p.m.

• Snow Flurry Tree: Through Dec. 24, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m., Sears wing, with 15-minute magical snow flurries at the top of the hour.

• “Dear Santa” Letter-writing Station: Send off a letter or wish list to Santa at the North Pole; bring a postage stamp to ensure a reply. Through Dec. 20, Windward Mall, lower level, Sports Authority wing.

• Free gift wrapping: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20 near Center Court. Provided by Cub Scout Pack 229. Call 235-1143. 


» Kaimuki: Dec. 3, 6 p.m. Starts at Saint Louis School/Chaminade University to the municipal parking lot. Sponsored by Kaimuki Business & Professional Association.

» Wahiawa Town: Dec. 4, 6:30 p.m. Starts at Kaala Elementary School, proceeds to California Avenue and North Cane Street, ends at Center Street. Sponsored by Wahiawa Community & Business Association. After the parade, Santa will pose for photos and visit with keiki, plus Xtreme Fun rides and holiday giveaways. Puamana will perform a free holiday concert from 5:45 to 8:45 p.m. Call 221-2774.

» Mililani: Dec. 5, 9 a.m. Starts at Town Center of Mililani, proceeds to Lanikuhana Avenue, Meheula Parkway, Kuahelani and Moenamanu streets, and Kipapa Drive, ends at Mililani Shopping Center. Presented by Mililani Lions Club and sponsored by both shopping centers. It’s Christmas Time in Mililani festivities run from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at Mililani Shopping Center, including snow play in 8 tons of “Hawaiian snow,” crafts, games and a visit from Santa. Free. Visit

» Kaneohe: Dec. 5, 9 a.m. Starts at Windward Mall at Haiku Road, proceeds to Kamehameha Highway and Kaneohe Bay Drive, ends at Castle High School. Sponsored by the Kaneohe Christmas Parade Committee.

» Street Bikers United Toys for Tots Caravan: Dec. 6, 11 a.m. Starts at Magic Island and runs through Waikiki to Kapiolani Community College.

» Pearl City: Dec. 6, 4 p.m. Starts at Momilani Elementary School, proceeds to Hookiekie, Hoomoana and Hoolaulea streets, ends at Pearl City Shopping Center. Sponsored by the center’s merchants association.

» Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade: Dec. 7, 6 p.m. From Fort DeRussy to Honolulu Zoo. Sponsored by Pearl Harbor Memorial Committee.

» Kapahulu-Moiliili: Dec. 10, 6:30 p.m. Starts at Kuhio Elementary School, proceeds to King and Beretania streets, ends at Isenberg Street in front of Old Stadium Park. Sponsored by Kapahulu-Moiliili Lions Club.

» Haleiwa Town: Dec. 11, 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. 12, 9 a.m. Starts at Pearlridge Elementary School parking lot, proceeds to Moanalua Road and Kaamilo, Ulune and Halewiliko streets, ends at the Aiea Sugar Mill site. Sponsored by Aiea Community Association. Fun Fair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at old mill features keiki games, bouncers, lunch wagons, food booths, Aiea High School jazz band and more. If interested in participating in the parade, email

» Waimanalo: Dec. 12, 9 a.m. Starts at Waimanalo District Park, proceeds to Hihimanu, Kakaina, Mahailua and Kumuhau streets and Kalanianaole Highway, ends at Waimanalo Beach Park. Sponsored by Waimanalo Construction Coalition.

» Gentry Waipio: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. Starts at Gentry Waipio Shopping Center on Ukee Street, proceeds to Ka Uka Boulevard and Waipio Uka Street, returns to the shopping center. Sponsored by Gentry Waipio Community Association.

» Waianae Coast: Dec. 12, 10 a.m. Starts at Waianae Boat Harbor, proceeds to Farrington Highway, ends at Waianae Mall. Sponsored by Waianae Coast Rotary Club.

» Waipahu: Dec. 12, 2 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. 12, 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: Dec. 12, 6 p.m. Starts at Kamaaha Street/Kapolei Parkway, proceeds west on Kapolei Parkway past Fort Barrette Road and right on Kamaaha Street. Sponsored by Friends of Kapolei Hale and the City & County of Honolulu.

» Ewa Beach: Dec. 19, 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 the school parking lot. Sponsored by Ewa Beach Lions Club.

» Olomana: Dec. 20, 2:30 p.m. Starts at Maunawili Elementary School, proceeds to Ulupii, Ulupuni, Uluohao, Uluhala, Ulupuni and Ulukou streets, returns to the school. Sponsored by Olomana Community Association.


» “Rudolf’s Reindeer Games and Other Holiday Surprises”: Honolulu Theatre for Youth presents an interactive and improv-inspired holiday play, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 5 and 12; and 2 p.m. Dec. 12 (sensory-friendly/American Sign Language-interpreted performance), Tenney Theatre on the grounds of The Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma Square. Cost: $20, $15 for seniors ages 60 and older, $10 for youths ages 2 to 17. Call 839-9885, ext. 720, or visit

» “A Christmas Story”: Based on the classic holiday movie about a boy who wants nothing but an official Red Ryder air rifle sitting under his tree for Christmas, 8 p.m. Dec. 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 and 19; 4 p.m. Dec. 6, 13 and 20; 3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19; and 7 p.m. Dec. 21 to 23, Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapuu Ave. Tickets: $15 to $35. Call 733-0274 or visit

» RiffTrax Live: “Santa and the Ice Cream Bunny”: The former stars of “Mystery Science Theater 3000,” Mike Nelson, Bill “Crow” Corbett and Kevin “Tom Servo” Murphy, provide snarky commentary to the cheesy PG-13-rated film, 8 p.m. Dec. 3 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Dole Cannery Stadium 18. Cost: $13.09. Visit or

» “Santa Needs an Ukulele!” 2 and 5 p.m. Dec. 6, Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College. The men’s a capella barbershop group Sounds of Aloha Chorus presents an original musical comedy written by Scot Izuka. Cost: $20, $10 for ages 12 and under. Call 235-7310.

» Opera on Screen: “The Three Tenors Christmas Concert”: 1 p.m. Dec. 13 and 12:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Honolulu Museum of Art, Doris Duke Theatre. Watch a digitally restored version of the 1999 concert in Vienna featuring Luciano Pavarotti, Placido Domingo and Jose Carreras. Cost: $20, $18 for members. Visit


» Hawaii State Ballet: 7 p.m. Dec. 18; 3:30 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19; and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Saint Louis School’s Mamiya Theatre. Tickets: $20 to $36 adults, $16 to $32 keiki, seniors and military; group discounts available. Visit Call 947-2755 or visit

» Ballet Hawaii: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Features dancers from New York City Ballet, Miami City Ballet and Carolina Ballet, along with hundreds of local students performing amid Peter Dean Beck’s fairy tale sets in Anne Namba’s vibrant costumes. Tickets: $35 to $99. Call 521-8600 or visit the Blaisdell Box Office, or

• Opening-night VIP Dinner Package: 5 p.m. Dec. 18 at Chef Chai, 1009 Kapiolani Blvd. Tickets: $165 and include pre-show dinner, great seats and reserved parking.

• Warm-up at The Bar: 5:30 to 7:15 p.m. Dec. 19 at Honolulu Club, 932 Ward Ave., with pre-performance reception and live entertainment, food, wine and parking at the club and an orchestra-level seat for “Nutcracker.” Cost: $98. Visit


» Marvel at the Sheraton Waikiki’s “Santa’s Serenade” and “Santa’s Selfie” sand sculptures by Florida-based Sandsational Sand Sculpting, through early January in the lobby, 2255 Kalakaua Ave. Visit

» The 27th annual “Light Up a Memory” tree-lighting ceremony: 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 4 at Sister Maureen Keleher Center, 24 Puiwa Road, Nuuanu; and Dec. 11 at Maurice J. Sullivan Family Hospice Center, 91-2127 Fort Weaver Road, Ewa Beach. Make a donation in advance and designate the name of a cherished loved one on a star to hang on a Christmas tree. Send donations to St. Francis Hospice, 2251 Mahalo St., Honolulu, HI 96817. Monies will be used for bereavement support. Call 547-8140.

» Rainbow Bonsai Club’s annual Christmas Bonsai Fair and Exhibit: 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Dec. 20, Noelani Elementary School, 2655 Woodlawn Drive, Manoa. Call 239-9681.

» “The Ghosts of Honolulu’s Past: A Holiday Ghost Tour”: Local historian Steven Fredrick leads a four-hour walking tour Dec. 25; begins 7 p.m. in the Capitol district in downtown Honolulu. For ages 21 and older. Cost: $40. Reservations required 24 hours in advance. Email or visit


» The eighth annual Na Mele o na Keiki (Music for the Children) Holiday Concerts: 1:30 p.m. Nov. 29, Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. With the U.S. Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, Henry Kapono, Raiatea Helm, Abrigo Ohana, Kevin Jones, Bo Irvine, Hawaii State Ballet dancers and Somei Taiko drummers. Also accepting donations of new, unwrapped toys or cash to support the Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tots Hawaii collection drive. Presented by U.S. Marine Corps Forces, Pacific and BAE Systems and Chamber of Commerce of Hawaii. Free; tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis at the Hawaii Theatre box office. Call 528-0506.

» Oahu Civic Orchestra’s Winter Concert: 7 p.m. Nov. 30, Eiben Hall, Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave., featuring music of Beethoven, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Tchaikovsky. Free. Call 734-2925.

» The Honolulu Blend Show Chorus’ “Fa La La Workshops”: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2, 9 and 16, 99-900 Iwaena St., Aiea. Join the women’s a cappella group as it rehearses for a holiday performance (Dec. 20 at Windward Mall), with free voice lessons and tips on creating a cappella harmony. Free. Call 392-2455. Email

» Honolulu Handbell Ensemble: Noon Dec. 4 at Pacific Guardian Center, 737 Bishop St.; noon Dec. 19 at Hawaii State Library, 478 S. King St., with an audience singalong and ring-along; and 5 p.m. Dec. 20, Cornerstone Fellowship Mililani Mauka Baptist Church, 95-1080 Ukuwai St. Call 779-1019.

» Leilehua High School Chorus’ holiday performance: 11 a.m. Dec. 5, Wahiawa Public Library. Call 622-63456.

» Kawaiaha’o Church Christmas concerts: 5 p.m. Dec. 5 during the Honolulu City Lights opening festivities; annual Youth Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 12; Choral Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 13; and annual Christmas Concert, 7 p.m. Dec. 19. Free. Visit

» Ward Village Holiday Concert Series: 7 to 8 p.m. in the Ward Warehouse Amphitheatre. Features Jacob Kailiwai (falsetto of the Ching Trio) on Dec. 5, Natalie Kamauu on Dec. 12 and Mark Yamanaka and Kuapoa on Dec. 19. Free. Visit

» Windward Choral Society: Three events include a community Christmas carol concert and singalong, 3 p.m. Dec. 6, Windward Mall Center Stage, and 4 p.m. Dec. 13 in the Kailua Longs parking garage; and eighth annual holiday concert, “Frozen Friday,” 7 p.m. Dec. 11 at Central Union Church featuring holiday music from all over the world and a choral suite from Disney’s “Frozen.” Free. Visit

» Central Union Church’s 68th annual Handel’s ‘Messiah’ Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 6, 1660 S. Beretania St., with the Central Union Oratorio Choir and Chamber Ensemble. Offerings welcome. Call 941-0957.

» Windward Community College Winter 2015 Music Showcase: Enjoy holiday classics and contemporary Hawaiian music by students. Dec. 8 (piano), 7 p.m. at Paliku Theatre; Dec. 9 (ukulele and guitar), 7 p.m. at Paliku Theatre, with Natalie Ai Kamauu; Dec. 10 (voice, guitar and hula), 7 p.m. at Hale Ao, with Teresa Bright and Mona Joy Lum; and Dec. 11 (voice and choir), 7 p.m. at Paliku Theatre, with Mona Joy Lum. Free. Email

» St. John Vianney School Holiday Concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 9, 920 Keolu Drive, Kailua. Students from the school’s music department, bands and orchestras perform a selection of music themed “The Stone Age” along with holiday favorites. Free. Call 261-4651.

» A Holiday Concert with the Royal Hawaiian Band: 7 p.m. Dec. 10, Hawaii Theatre, 1130 Bethel St.; doors open 6 p.m. Also features special guests Jerry Santos, Frank De Lima, Karen Keawehawaii, the Kamehameha Schools’ Children’s Chorus, Gary Aiko, Malia Kaai, Piilaniwahine Smith and hula halau Ka La Onohi Mai o Haehae. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Free. Call 922-5331.

» Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind’s third annual Winter Festival: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 12, 3440 Leahi Ave., with a book fair, entertainment, games, music, arts and crafts, food, a silent auction, “tons of snow” and an appearance by a signing special guest. Proceeds will be used to purchase air-conditioning units for the school. Free. Call 733-4999.

» Kapolei Chorale’s “A Christmas Concert”: 10:30 a.m. Dec. 12, Kapolei Public Library. Call 693-7050.

» Punahou Winter Chamber Music Recital: 4 p.m. Dec. 12, Punahou School, Dillingham Hall. Presented by Punahou Chamber Music Program performing works by Haydn, Mozart, Mendelssohn, Schubert, Borodin and Dvorak. Free. Call 944-5829.

» “Lessons and Carols”: 5 p.m. Dec. 12, St. Christopher’s Episcopal Church, 93 N. Kainalu Drive, Kailua. The combined choirs of St. Christopher’s and St. JohnLutheran Church perform traditional music and Scripture. Free. Call 262-8176.

» Holiday Pops with Hawaii Symphony Orchestra and Na Leo Pilimehana: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Blaisdell Concert Hall. Festive songs, hits from holiday movies and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” led by maestro Rob Fisher. Tickets: $27 to $79; $13 for student-rush tickets and $20 for military beginning Dec. 7. Visit or visit the Blaisdell and HSO box offices.

» Honolulu Chorale 50th Annual Holiday Concert: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Kawaiaha’o Church, 957 Punchbowl St. Features the second annual “Lessons and Carols” service with carol singalongs, choral selections and more. Free. Visit

» Moanalua High School’s charity concert: Featuring the symphony orchestra and symphonic wind ensemble, 6 p.m. Dec. 13, school gymnasium, 2825 Ala Ilima St. Donation: $10. Visit

» Karol’s Karolers Christmas concert: 6:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Ewa Beach Public & School Library. The seasonal a cappella group performs international Christmas songs. Call 689-1204.

» The Count Basie Orchestra holiday music series:

• 7:30 p.m. Dec. 14, Hawaii Theatre, with selections from the latest album, “A Very Swingin’ Basie Christmas.” Tickets: $37 to $97. Call 528-0506 or visit

• Halekulani’s “Live at Lewers” jazz series presents the Count Basie Sextet and Friends, 7 and 8:30 p.m. Dec. 15, Halekulani Lewers Lounge. With Jimmy Borges, Monica Mancini and former Basie and Frank Sinatra drummer Gregg Field performing selections in honor of the 100th anniversary of Sinatra’s birth. Tickets: $75 (includes tax and parking) and $100 for first-row VIP seating. For reservations, call 923-2311.

» Christmas musical event with Arsenio, Cathy and Michelle: 7 a.m. Dec. 18, Pacific Guardian Center, 737 Bishop St. Free. Call 382-9495.

» Amy Hanaiali’i & Willie K holiday show: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 and 19, and 4 p.m. Dec. 20, Hawaii Theatre Center, 1130 Bethel St. Tickets: $22 to $67; discounts for seniors ages 62 and older, military, students and youths ages 4 to 17. Call 528-0506 or visit

» “Seven Days Till Christmas”: Free music series, 6 to 7 p.m. Dec. 19-25 on the Waikiki Beach Walk Plaza Stage, 227 Lewers St. Schedule: Dec. 19, Ka Hale i o Kahala Hula School with kumu Leimomi Maldonado; Dec. 20, Kualoa featuring Derrick Lee and Friends; Dec. 21, Olapa-Ku i ka Lai o Hokuaulani Hula School with kumu Hokuaulani Nihipali; Dec. 22, Coyne Street; Dec. 23, Kamalu and the Hula Maidens; Dec. 24, Pookela featuring Greg Sardinha; and Dec. 25, Ohana Kalikimaka featuring Blaine Kia and Family. Valet parking: $6 (up to four hours) at Embassy Suites by Hilton and the Wyndham Vacation Ownership with a same-day purchase from any Waikiki Beach Walk merchant. Visit

» Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 29th annual Christmas Concert: 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 20, Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Parking available at Spa Fitness Center parking structure. Free. Call 358-6935.

» 17th Annual Jazzed Holidaze: 7:30 p.m. Dec. 22, Studio 909, 909 Kapiolani Blvd. The trio of Rich Crandall, Bruce Hamada and Stacey Tangonan put a unique jazz spin on traditional and popular Christmas music. Bring your own food and drink. Tickets at the door: $15



» Xeric holiday wreath-making classes: 10:30 a.m. to noon Dec. 5, Halawa Xeriscape Garden, 99-1268 Iwaena St. Bring own materials. Cost: $5. Register by 2 p.m. Nov. 27; call 748-5320 or email Visit

» Christmas tree ornament contest: Nov. 29 through Dec. 12, Aiea Public Library. Keiki in grades pre-K through 6 can submit a decorated paper ornament for a chance to win a prize. Entries will be displayed for public voting from Dec. 14 to 19. Visit the library for an entry form. Call 483-7333.

» Art Explorium classes: 1142 Koko Head Ave. Registration required. Call 312-4316 or visit

• Little Artists: Candyland, 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1. Create ice cream, cupcakes and lollipops using crayons, watercolors and glitter. For ages 2 to 5. Cost: $15. To register, visit

• Printmaking holiday cards: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 3. Learn about printmaking and creating multiple pieces from one printing plate using monotype, stencil and hand-lettering techniques. For ages 7 and older. Cost: $15. Visit

• Natural holiday decorations: 2:30 to 4 p.m. Dec. 6. Create fun decorations using natural waste from your own backyard. For ages 5 and older. Cost: $15. Visit

• Paper ornament printmaking: 4 to 5 p.m. Dec. 10. Create unique ornaments using print monotypes. For ages 7 and older. Cost: $15. Visit

• Tropical holiday sweater: 4 to 5:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Create a wearable festive art piece by using printing stencils on fabric. For ages 7 and older. Cost: $15. Visit

• The Season to Be Jolly: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 22. Sing festive songs and create decorations using glitter and paint. For ages 2 to 5. Cost: $15. Visit

• New Year’s Countdown to Party Town!: 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 29. Create noisemakers and fancy hats, learn dance moves, decorate a wish box to reveal hopes and dreams for the new year, and experience a practice run of the New Year’s Eve ball drop with confetti. For ages 2 to 5. Cost: $15. Visit

» Angel treat-holder craft class: 1:15 p.m. Dec. 1, Aina Haina Public Library. Members of Lei Ilima Club demonstrate how to create party favors, table centerpieces, tree toppers, ornaments and gift-wrapping accents using recycled greeting cards. For ages 8 and older. Free. Registration recommended. Call 377-2456.

» Christmas wreath: Co-sponsored by The Garden Club of Honolulu, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 10, Lyon Arboretum. Create a festive wreath using various plant materials in this class led by Kitty Wo. Materials provided; bring clippers and optional accessories such as wired ribbon, pine cones, ornaments and other greens or floral materials. Cost: $30. To register, call 988-0456.

» Succulent wreath-making classes: 10 to 11:30 a.m. Dec. 1 at Foster Botanical Garden (requires admission fee), Dec. 3 at Wahiawa Botanical Garden and Dec. 4 at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden; and Dec. 5, 10 to 11:30 a.m. or noon to 1:30 p.m. at Foster Botanical Garden. Bring gardening gloves and clippers; plants provided. Cost: $20. For reservations, call 522-7066.

» Natural-material Christmas centerpiece: 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 2, 9 and 16 at Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Create Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer using dried materials. Cost: $5 per centerpiece. For reservations, call 522-7066.

» Holiday ornaments: 1 to 3 p.m. Dec. 5 at Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden. Create festive decorations using dried plants, shells and recycled materials. Register by Dec. 3. Free. For reservations, call 233-7323.

» Adult Coloring — Holiday Cards: Two sessions Dec. 8, 3-5 and 6:30-7:30 p.m., Kahuku Public & School Library. Supplies provided. For ages 12 and older. Call 293-8935.

» Winter concert and craft night: 5:30 p.m. Dec. 8, Kahuku Public & School Library. Decorate a felt Christmas tree pin while listening to festive holiday music by North Shore Keiki Chorus and North Shore Singers Co. Call 293-8935.

» Natural-material holiday wreath: 11 a.m. to noon Dec. 11 and 18, Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Dried plants provided. Cost: $15 per wreath. For reservations, call 522-7066.

» The Friends of HiSAM presents Second Saturday: “Lauhala Holidays,” 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dec. 12, Hawai’i State Art Museum, 250 S. Hotel St.; galleries open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Learn the art of lau hala weaving from the Ladies of the Lauhala Hui and bring home holiday decorations including a fish, star and miniature wreath. Parking: $3 at Alii Place, 1099 Alakea St. or free in the city’s underground lot at Beretania and Alapai streets. Free. Call 586-9958 or visit


» Laser Holidays at Bishop Museum Planetarium: Begins Nov. 27, 1525 Bernice St. Daily matinees ($5 plus general museum admission) at 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., through Jan. 3; evening shows ($10, $7 for ages 4 to 12) Wednesdays through Saturdays at 7 p.m. through Jan. 2. Laser light shows feature dancing lights choreographed to festive songs. Free for keiki ages 3 and under. Call 847-3511 or visit

» Ward Winter Village Ice Rink: Through Jan. 10, Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. Tickets: $15 for 90 minutes of skate time. Hours are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Fridays through Sundays; 4 to 9 p.m., Mondays through Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., on weekday school holidays; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Dec. 24; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. Call 591-8411 or visit (Rink closed Dec. 7 from 4 to 7:30 p.m., and all day Dec. 14 and 15.)

• Free 15-minute group skating lesson, 5:45 p.m., Dec. 2, with paid admission.

• “Frozen” Sing-a-long on Ice: Dec. 18, screenings at 6 and 8 p.m.

• Tuesday “2-For-1” Deal: Dec. 1 and 8, and Jan. 5.

• To book group skating or private parties, call 840-9420 or email

» Holiday Puppet Times with Christy Lipps Ah Sing: At the following public libraries: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 1, Mililani; 10:30 a.m., Dec. 3, Aina Haina; and 6 p.m., Dec. 15 (followed by an appearance by Santa and his elf), Kapolei. Call 627-7460.

» Community sing-along with Herman Kiili: 6 p.m., Dec. 1, Wahiawa Public Library. For all ages. Call 622-6345.

» Polar Express: Hawaiian-style: 6 p.m., Dec. 2, Wahiawa Public Library. Hawaiian Railway Society operations manager Steve Vendt describes how families used to take the train from Ewa Beach to Honolulu to enjoy holiday festivities and shopping. Call 622-6345.

» A Touch of Christmas: 6 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 4, The Salvation Army Kroc Center Hawaii, 91-3257 Kualakai Parkway (formerly North-South Road). Activities include making gingerbread houses, cookie decorating, crafts, games, “reindeer” rides, snow, a photo booth, a live Nativity and more. Free. Call 682-5505 or visit

» Makiki Mele Kalikimaka: 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Dec. 5, Makiki District Park, 1527 Keeaumoku St., with keiki games and crafts, entertainment, a photo booth (bring your own camera) and a visit from Santa beginning 10:30 a.m. Presented by the city Department of Parks & Recreation’s Makiki Complex staff and Friends of Makiki. Call 768-9285.

» Kids in the Kitchen Gingerbread Donuts: 10 to 11:15 a.m., Dec. 5, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. For ages 4 and older. Cost: $22 for parent-child team, $8 for additional family members. Participants who wish to visit the Center receive a $5 discount on admission. Call 524-5437 or visit

» Winter Wonderland: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Dec. 5, Calvary Church of the Pacific, 99-400 Aiea Heights Drive. Free festivities include snow play in 10 tons of snow, games, balloons, caramel apples, cotton candy and keiki crafts for ages 4 to 12, with a craft fair and food for purchase. Call 488-6825.

» Kapolei Shopping Center’s 23rd annual Santa Saturday: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 5, 590 Farrington Highway, with cool fun in mounds of snow, photos with Santa, crafts and a visit from Rudolph. Visit

» “Santa’s Holiday Vacation”: Two beachside performances presented by Army Music Hawaii, 2 and 5 p.m., Dec. 5, Hale Koa Hotel, Ilima Lawn, 2055 Kalia Road. The comical, family-friendly production features live music, video and a cast of actors from U.S. Army musicians stationed at Schofield Barracks. Bring a blanket. Free. Visit

» Toys for Tots Movie Night and Potluck: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 5, Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, 2313 Nuuanu Ave. Donate a toy for a child between the ages of 2 to 17, bring a potluck contribution (no pork or seafood) and enjoy a movie showing (to be determined). Call 469-7193.

» Kawaiahao Church Christmas events: Various churches, ministries and participants present outdoor events, including concerts, a live Nativity, a queen’s blessing and keiki activities such as games, crafts, storytelling and free gifts, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Dec. 5, 11, 18 and 20 to 23. Free. Visit

» Operation Toy Box polo match: 2 p.m., Dec. 6, Mokuleia Polo Field, North Shore; gates open 11 a.m. Bring a new, unwrapped toy to benefit North Shore keiki. Cost: $12 for open-field seating, $25 for clubhouse seating; or bring a toy donation to receive half-off general admission. A portion of proceeds to benefit Operation Toy Box. Call 439-6394, ext. 101, or email

» 9th annual Pasko sa FilCom (Christmas at FilCom): 3 to 7 p.m., Dec. 6, Filipino Community Center, 94-428 Mokuola St., Waipahu. Features parol and Christmas tree-making contests, games, a choral competition, food demonstrations, entertainment, a college fair and more. Free. Call 680-0451 or visit

» Christmas Celebration at Washington Place: Gates open from 3:30 to 6 p.m., Dec. 6. Celebrate the season with Gov. David Ige and first lady Dawn Amano-Ige, with entertainment from 4 to 5 p.m. by Glen Smith and Chris Kamaka of Hookena, and Kuuipo Kumukahi. Free parking at the state Department of Health (Kinau Hale) parking lot. Adults must present a photo ID and bags may be searched; no large bags permitted. For reservations, call 586-0249 by Dec. 1.

» Holiday family fun: Dec. 9, Waianae Public Library, 85-625 Farrington Highway, with gift and ornament crafts from 3 to 6:30 p.m. and “Carol-oke” sing-alongs from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Call 697-7868.

» “The Magic of Christmas”: 10:30 a.m., Dec. 10, Aina Haina Public Library. “Fairy Godmother” Susie Roth shares Christmas stories, magic and songs. For ages 3 and older. Call 377-2456.

» Christmas events at Kawaiahao Church: 957 Punchbowl St. Features a concert, queen’s blessing and live Nativity, 7 p.m., Dec. 11 (with “Christmas Story at Kawaiahao” on the front steps). Keiki crafts and storytelling will be added Dec. 18 (with Mililani Baptist Church and Filipino United Church of Christ); Dec. 20 (with One Love Ministries); Dec. 21 (with The Floor Church); Dec. 22 (with Trinity Broadcasting Network); and Dec. 23 (with Grace Fellowship Hawaii). Call 469-3061 or visit

» “Seal-abrate the Holidays with Breakfast with Santa”: Dec. 12 at Sea Life Park, 41-202 Kalanianaole Highway. The holiday-themed breakfast runs from 8 to 10:30 a.m., followed by photos with Santa from 9 to 10 a.m., and storytelling and photos from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and again from 1:15 to 2 p.m. Regular park hours are 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Also features keiki crafts, entertainment and appearances by the Snow Queen, Snow Princess and Snow White. Cost: $31.99 for adults includes park admission ($19.99 event only), $26.99 for ages 3 to 12 ($14.99 event only). For reservations, call 259-2500.

» Santa’s arrival by canoe: 9 a.m., Dec. 12, at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Free photos with Santa in the hotel lobby. Open to the public. Visit

» Santa’s Secret Workshops: Choose from four sessions, 9 and 11 a.m., Dec. 12 and 13, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. Features activity stations, arts and crafts, gingerbread cookie-decorating, a carousel ride and a center visit. Cost: $30 per parent-child team, $8 for additional adults. Registration deadline is Dec. 4. Call 524-KIDS (5437).

» Kualoa’s annual Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 10 a.m., Dec. 12, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. This fundraiser for Big Brothers Big Sisters Hawaii features photos with Santa and Kualoa Ranch’s beloved Shetland pony, Chocolate; face painting; games and crafts; prize drawings and Hawaiian holiday music; and 20-minute trolley rides ($3) between 9:30 and 11 a.m., that depart every 30 minutes. Cost: $20. Call 213-3101 or visit

» Santa’s Village at Salt Lake Shopping Center: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Dec. 12, 848 Ala Lilikoi St., with crafts, games, prize giveaways and photos with Santa (bring your own camera or have professional photos taken for a fee). Make a monetary donation or donate a canned good to the Salvation Army and receive a wristband to ride the Salt Lake Express Track-less Train around the center and frolic in the North Pole zone covered in 8 tons of snow. Visit

» Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii’s 29th annual Brunch with Santa: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dec. 12, Dole Cannery, Pomaikai Ballroom, 735 Iwilei Road. Enjoy picture-taking with Santa, entertainment, arts and crafts, face painting, games and activities, costumed characters, magicians, craft vendors, a bake sale and more. Cost: $35 for ages 10 and older; $25 for ages 2 to 9. Keiki under age 2 are free and may participate in activities but will not have a seat. Validated parking: $6. For tickets, call 951-0200 or visit

» Holiday read-aloud: 1 p.m., Dec. 12, Waipahu Public Library. UH-West Oahu Club students perform a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” with crafts, lucky drawings, prizes and complimentary cookies, while supplies last. Call 675-0358.

» Breakfast with Santa: 8 to 10 a.m., Dec. 15 and 16, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. Enjoy a breakfast buffet complete with balloon twisting, face and body-art painting, and pictures with Mr. Claus. Cost: $30, $15 for ages 5 to 11, free for keiki under age 2. For reservations, call 924-4990.

» Christmas Open House at Washington Place: 5 to 8 p.m. Dec., 18, 320 S. Beretania St., with a Christmas music program by The Cathedral of St. Andrew’s Choir from 6:3o to 7:30 p.m. Free parking at the state Department of Health’s Kinau Hale building. Suggested donation: $5 for adults (must bring ID). For reservations, call 586-0248 by Dec. 16.

» Hokulani Imaginarium shows: Dec. 19, “Season of Light” at 1 and 2 p.m., Windward Community College. Cost: $5 to $7. Call 235-7433 or visit

» Polynesian Cultural Center’s Snow Day: 2 to 5 p.m., Dec. 19, near the main entrance, where families can play in tons of snow. Call 293-3333 or visit

» Breakfast with Santa at Hawaii Prince Hotel: 8 to 10 a.m., Dec. 20, Mauna Kea Ballroom, third floor; doors open 7:30 a.m. Features keiki activities, balloon twists, face painting and a photo opportunity with Santa beginning at 7:45 a.m. Cost: $37, $17 for keiki ages 3 to 10. Call 952-4789 or visit

» Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: Shine On!: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dec. 20 (activities end 3 p.m.), Honolulu Museum of Art, 900 S. Beretania St. Holiday music will play as keiki decorate gingerbread cookies and make a stained-glass votive tea-light holder (take a free shuttle to Spalding House in Makiki Heights for dreidel making). The PG-rated “Shaun the Sheep Movie” will screen at Doris Duke Theatre at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Free. Call 532-8700 or visit

» Make-A-Wish Hawaii’s 3rd annual Jingle Rock Run: 6 p.m., Dec. 20, with a Keiki Sprint (for ages 12 and under) at 5:30 p.m.; pre-race entertainment and food begins 4 p.m. The 5K run/walk begins and ends at Iolani Palace, with a course that runs past Honolulu City Lights displays. Pets, strollers and costumes encouraged. Cost: $25 to $40. Visit

» Christmas movie marathon: 1 to 8 p.m., Dec. 21, Ewa Beach Public & School Library. Enjoy screenings of holiday-themed films including, “Mickey’s Magical Christmas,” “Santa Buddies,” “Mickey’s Twice Upon a Christmas,” “Secret of The Wings” and “A Very Merry Pooh Year.” Call 689-1204.


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