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Haleiwa Town: 6 p.m. Starts at Weed Circle, proceeds to Kamehameha Highway through Haleiwa Town, ends at Haleiwa Beach Park.


Aiea: 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. 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.

Waimanalo: 9 a.m. Starts at Waimanalo District Park, proceeds to Hihimanu, Kakaina, Mahailua and Kumuhau streets and Kalanianaole Highway, ends at Waimanalo Beach Park.

Gentry Waipio: 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.

Waianae Coast: 10 a.m. Starts at Waianae Boat Harbor, proceeds to Farrington Highway, ends at Waianae Mall.

Waipahu: 2 p.m. Starts at Waipahu Elementary School, proceeds to Waipahu and Leoku streets, ends at Leolua Street (behind Waipahu Town Center).

Manoa: 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.

West Oahu Electric Light Parade: 6 p.m. Starts at Kamaaha Street/Kapolei Parkway, proceeds west on Kapolei Parkway past Fort Barrette Road and right on Kamaaha Street. Also: Kapolei City Lights opening night3-9 p.m. at Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia St., with free keiki games and activities, entertainment, food trucks and booths.


Open daily 8 a.m.-11 p.m. through Jan. 1. Events include:

Toys for Tots collection drive with the 501st Legion Stormtroopers: 6-9 p.m. today fronting Honolulu Hale. Bring a new, unwrapped toy for a keiki in need.

Young Brothers’ Keiki Ornament Craft Night: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Civic Center grounds.


Windward Community College Winter 2015 Music Showcase: Holiday classics and contemporary Hawaiian music by student vocalists and choir. 7 p.m. today, Paliku Theatre, with Mona Joy Lum. Free. Email

Kualoa’s annual Breakfast with Santa: 8-10 a.m. Saturday, 49-560 Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe. 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; Hawaiian holiday music; and 20-minute trolley rides ($3) between 9:30 and 11 a.m. that depart every 30 minutes. $20. 213-3101,

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

Santa’s arrival by canoe: 9 a.m. Saturday, Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort. Free photos with Santa in the hotel lobby.

WOW Workshop: Natural holiday decorations: Create festive decor, wreaths, ornaments and gifts using natural materials such as leaves, twigs and berries, 9 a.m.-noon Saturday , Kapolei High School. For ages 5 and older. $15, $40 for families up to three people.

Santa’s Village: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Salt Lake Shopping Center, 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, which will be covered in 8 tons of snow.

Keiki Craft Day: 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Hanauma Bay, with fun activities, fish games and crafts. Free; $7.50 for non-residents. Parking: $1 per vehicle. 397-5840.

Mele Kalikimaka Marketplace: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Find more than 100 exhibitors of food products, gifts, books, apparel, jewelry, crafts, holiday pop-up shops, inventory specials and more. Also features a Winter Wonderland with “snow effects,” make-and-take crafts, a Secret Santa Land and an entertainment stage. $3-$4; free for keiki 12 and under with a paid adult. 732-6037,

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

Second Saturday at HiSAM: “Lauhala Holidays”: Free art activity with the ladies of the Lauhala Hui — make-and-take fish, star and mini wreath ornaments, 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii State Art Museum. Free. 586-9958,

Holiday read-aloud: 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), 1 p.m. Saturday, Waipahu Public Library. Free. 675-0358.

Kapolei City Lights opening night: 3-9 p.m. Saturday at Kapolei Hale, 1000 Uluohia St. Enjoy free keiki games and activities, entertainment, food trucks and booths. Ties in with the West Oahu Electric Light Parade at 6 p.m. Free.

Christmas at Queen Emma Summer Palace: Family festivities include storytelling and viewing of Queen Emma’s home with caroling by Emmalani Serenaders, Way of Salvation Youth and Adult Choir, Na Kane of Kaneohe Congregational Church, Kaumakapili Church Choir and others, 6-9 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, 2913 Pali Highway. $5, free for ages 12 and under. 595-6291,

Ala Moana Hotel’s Breakfast with Santa: Enjoy a breakfast buffet, decorating gingerbread cookies, face painting, pictures with Santa and a performance by Jolly Josh the Magician, 8 a.m.-noon Sunday. $17 for ages 4-10, $25 for adults. Reservations: 944-4333.

Breakfast with Santa: Features a breakfast buffet with balloon twisting, face and body-art painting, and pictures with Mr. Claus, 8-10 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesday, Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort. $30, $15 for ages 5-11, free for keiki under age 2. Reservations: 924-4990.

Sheraton Waikiki’s “Santa’s Serenade” and “Santa’s Selfie”: Sand sculptures created by Florida-based Sandsational Sand Sculpting are being displayed through early January in the lobby, 2255 Kalakaua Ave.

“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. $40. Reservations required 24 hours in advance.,

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

Kawaiaha‘o Church Christmas events: Outdoor events, concerts, a live Nativity, a queen’s blessing, keiki activities, games, crafts, storytelling and free gifts, 7-8:30 p.m. today (with “Christmas Story at Kawaiaha‘o” on the front steps), Dec. 18 and Dec. 20-23. Free. 469-3061,

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

Ward Winter Village Ice Rink: Through Jan. 10, Ward Village Courtyard, 1240 Ala Moana Blvd. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Fridays-Sundays; 4-9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays (closed Dec. 14-15); 10 a.m.-9 p.m. on weekday school holidays; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; and 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Dec. 25 and 31, and Jan. 1. Tickets: $15 for 90 minutes of skate time in the 4,200-square-foot rink. 591-8411,

Ward Village’s Honolulu City Lights Trolley Tours: Through Dec. 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 benefits Hawaii FoodBank. $6.50, free for ages 3 and under (must sit on adult’s lap). Tickets: Information: 591-8411,

12 Days of Christmas at the Polynesian Cultural Center: Features canoe rides on the lagoon ($5, free by presenting a Pepsi product upon entry), festive train rides throughout the Center ($3 for ages 5 and older, free for ages 4 and under), live entertainment and photos with Santa. Through Dec. 23, Hukilau Marketplace, 55-370 Kamehameha Highway, Laie. 293-3333,,

Christmas cruise with Atlantis Cruises: Holiday-themed live entertainment, with Santa, carols and a prime rib and lobster dinner. Through Dec. 25, 5:30-7:30 p.m.; check-in at 5 p.m.; departs from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. $104-$159 for adults, $56-$98 for ages 7-12. 973-1311,


Windward Mall Sounds of the Season: Waipahu Elementary School chorus, 10:30-11:30 a.m. today; Keiki Christmas Hoolaulea, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday; and Castle Dance Ensemble Holiday Showcase, 1-2 p.m. Sunday.

Windward Choral Society: Events include the eighth annual holiday concert, “Frozen Friday,” 7 p.m. today at Central Union Church featuring holiday music from all over the world and a choral suite from Disney’s “Frozen”; and a community Christmas carol concert and sing-along, 4 p.m. Sunday in the Kailua Longs parking garage. Free.

Hawaii School for the Deaf and the Blind’s third annual Winter Festival: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, 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. 733-4999.

Kapolei Chorale’s “A Christmas Concert”: 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Kapolei Public Library. Free. 693-7050.

Akala Dance Studio: Women and children perform hula and Tahitian seasonal dance routines, 11 a.m. Saturday, Waikele Premium Outlets, Center Stage.

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

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

Fourever Fab Performs The Best of The Beatles, Live in Concert: 7 p.m. Saturday and Dec. 19, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Hotel, Ainahau Showroom, Waikiki; doors open 6:30 p.m. The Fourever Fab Show features keiki from Hawaii Youth Chorus in a performance of “Happy Xmas War Is Over.” A portion of proceeds to benefit Sounding Joy Music Therapy. $39.99-$89.99. Tickets: 725-4136.

Kawaiaha‘o Church Christmas concerts: Annual Youth Concert, 7 p.m. Saturday; and Chorale Concert, 5:30 p.m. Sunday. Free.

Ward Village Holiday Concert Series: Features Natalie Kamau‘u, 7-8 p.m. Saturday, Ward Warehouse Amphitheatre. Free.

Holiday Pops with Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and Na Leo Pilimehana: Festive songs, hits from holiday movies and selections from Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker,” led by maestro Rob Fisher, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday, Blaisdell Concert Hall. $13-$79. or visit the Blaisdell and HSO box offices.

Christmas Concert & Brunch at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki: Features a brunch buffet and entertainment by Jay Larrin, Melveen Leed, Aidan James, Chad Takatsugi and Streetlight Cadence, 10 a.m. Sunday, Mauna Kea Ballroom, 100 Holomoana St. $68. 952-4789,

‘Iolani School Bands Winter Concert: “In the Spirit of the Season” features students from the school’s sixth-grade band, and beginning, intermediate and concert bands, 4 p.m. Sunday, ‘Iolani School lower gym; doors open 3:30 p.m. Free. 949-5355.

Honolulu Chorale 50th Annual Holiday Concert: Features the second annual “Lessons and Carols” service with carol sing-alongs, choral selections and more, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, Kawaiaha‘o Church, 957 Punchbowl St. Free.

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

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

Honolulu Brass Quintet: Holiday concert of Chamber Music Hawaii; 7:30 p.m. Monday, Paliku Theatre. $30. 489-5038,

‘Iolani School Jazz Combo Performance: 6 p.m. Wednesday, Kahala Mall. Free. 949-5355.

Honolulu Blend Show Chorus: A cappella workshop, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, Wellspring Covenant Church, 99-900 Iwaena St., Aiea.

“A Classical Christmas”: Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra and the Oahu Choral Society concert of holiday music featuring masterpieces by Vivaldi, Handel and Bach and a sing-along to the Hallelujah Chorus of Handel’s “Messiah”; 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaii Theatre. $24-$65. 528-0506,

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