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    Selfies with Santa, train rides and live Nativity performances. Begins Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 16, and Mondays-Saturdays from Dec. 18-23, Polynesian Cultural Center. Also, guests can make a snowman, throw snowballs and create snow angels on Winter Wonderland Snow Day, 3-7 p.m. Saturday; repeats Dec. 8 and Dec. 22.


“A Charlie Brown Christmas”: In this stage version of the 1965 television special, cartoonist Charles M. Schulz’s beloved alter ego confronts the overwhelming materialism of the Christmas season with the help of Lucy, Linus, a spindly Christmas sapling and Snoopy. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m. Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. Sunday and 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Diamond Head Theatre. More shows through Dec. 23. $15-$50. 733-0274,

“The Nutcracker”: The Hawaii Ballet Theatre’s production features guest artists from the Boston, Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio, ballets, with local professional and student dancers. 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Kaimuki High School auditorium. Following matinee performances, audience members may meet the dancers in costume for photos and autographs during a free Sugarplum Tea with Santa. $18-$30. Tickets: 456-8100,


Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace: Begins Friday, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays through Dec. 16, and Mondays-Saturdays from Dec. 18-23, Polynesian Cultural Center. Also, Winter Wonderland Snow Day, 3-7 p.m. Saturday; repeats Dec. 8 and Dec. 22. 293-3333,

Wahiawa Town Center: Photos with Santa, crafts, Xtreme Fun rides, entertainment by Persuasion and more. On Friday, following the community parade, which kicks off 6:30 p.m. at Kaala Elementary and ends at the Center. 221-2774

Dashing Through the Snow … Jingle All the Way to Mililani: On Saturday, view the holiday parade (which begins 9 a.m. at Mililani High School and ends at Town Center of Mililani) from Mililani Shopping Center as it marches by, and stay for make-and-take crafts, games, activities and a Santa appearance, 10 a.m.-noon. Donate a new, unwrapped toy, book or cash and receive a wristband to enter the Snow Play Zone with eight tons of snow.

Pearlridge Express Holiday Locomotive: From Saturday through Jan. 7, for riders under 4 feet tall. Uptown Center Court, Pearlridge Center, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Fridays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays through Dec. 14 (special hours Dec. 14 from 12:30-8 p.m. for keiki guests to the Deaf Santa Celebration), 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Dec. 15-31 (closed Christmas Day); 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Jan. 1; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 2-7. $3.50 per child, $29 for 10 tickets.

Magical Christmas Show: “Fairy Grandmother” Susie Roth shares stories, magic and holiday fun. 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Hawaii Kai Public Library. 397-5833

Santa Saturday: Free photos with Santa, games and prizes, crafts, Rudolph sighting and more. 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Kapolei Shopping Center.

* Holiday Brick Party: The Hawaii LEGO Users Group presents holiday-themed brick-building fun with tips and tricks, displays, a building contest and more. 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday at Salt at Our Kakaako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd. (between Coral and Keawe streets).

Pasko sa FilCom! (Christmas at FilCom): Filipino-inspired activities for keiki, parol-making contest, choral performances, tabletop Christmas tree decorations, holiday karaoke, music, food samplings and more. 3-7 p.m. Sunday, Filipino Community Center. 680-0451,

Pearl City Christmas Parade and Cruz Night: Following the holiday parade Sunday (which begins 4 p.m. at Momilani Elementary School and ends at Pearl City Shopping Center), see an awards ceremony at the shopping center fronting Finance Factors with prizes for marching and float categories, followed by “Cruz Night” from 5-8 p.m. featuring a car show of hot rods and classic cars.

Chaminade University’s Christmas Lighting Ceremony: 7:15 p.m. Monday outside Clarence T.C. Ching Hall, 3140 Waialae Ave., with a performance by comedian Frank De Lima.

“Arctic Fun”: Storytime, crafts, games and photos with Santa. 6 p.m. Tuesday, Kahuku Public & School Library. 293-8935

“Holiday fun with Lani Moo and Calci”: The Meadow Gold Dairies’ characters offer story time, crafts, photo opportunities, and milk and cookies for keiki. 6 p.m. Wednesday, Kapolei Public Library. 693-7050


“It’s a Zoo Out There” is this year’s theme for the 33rd annual Honolulu City Lights, 4-11 p.m. Saturday and 8 a.m.-11 p.m. daily through Jan. 1. (see story, page 10).

* Hanukkah menorah lighting: Join members of the Jewish community in this annual event, with the playing of dreidel and other games, as presented by Temple Emanu-el during Saturday’s opening-night festivities on the Honolulu Hale lawn following the Honolulu City Lights parade, which begins 6 p.m. Saturday 595-7521,

* “Star Wars” Stormtroopers appearance: The 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers will be collecting donations for Toys for Tots Hawaii near the front steps of Honolulu Hale, 6-8 p.m. Thursday.

City Lights Family Evening: 4-9 p.m. Saturday, Hawaiian Mission Houses Historic Site. Bring a picnic meal (or purchase food and beverages on-site) and enjoy family activities (from 4-6 p.m.) including candle-making, load hauling and other 19th-century games, with prime views of the Honolulu City Lights parade. $5. 447-3910,

Trolley Tours: Enjoy a 30-minute ride through downtown Honolulu sparkling with lights and decorations. Sunday through Dec. 30 (except Dec. 24-25), with pickup and drop-off at Ward Villages (fronting Auahi Street) from 6:30-9 p.m. $7.75, free (lap seating) for ages 3 and under. Tickets: Info:


Wahiawa Town: Friday; starts at 6:30 p.m. at Kaala Elementary School, proceeds to California Avenue and ends at Wahiawa Town Center.

Kaneohe: Saturday, with grand marshal former U.S. Sen. Daniel Akaka. Begins at 9 a.m. at Windward Mall on Haiku Road, proceeds along Kamehameha Highway to Kaneohe Bay Drive and ends at Castle High School.

Mililani: Saturday; starts at 9 a.m. at Mililani High School stadium; proceeds to Kipapa Drive, Moenamanu Street, Kuahelani Avenue, Meheula Parkway and Lanikuhana Avenue, ends at Mililani Town Center.

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

Street Bikers United Hawaii — Toys for Tots Caravan: Sunday; starts at noon at Magic Island (Ala Moana Regional Park), proceeds along Ala Moana Boulevard and Kalakaua Avenue to Monsarrat Avenue and ends at Waikiki Shell lots 3 and 4.

Pearl City: Sunday; starts at 4 p.m. at Momilani Elementary School, proceeds to Hookiekie and Hoolaulea streets, and ends at Pearl City Shopping Center.

Kaimuki: Thursday; starts at 6 p.m. at Saint Louis School/Chaminade University, proceeds along Waialae and Koko Head avenues, ends at the municipal parking lot.


Habilitat Christmas trees: Funds programs at the addiction treatment center. Lots open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. daily at Stadium Mall, Central Union Church, Kaneohe Bay Shopping Center and Kapolei Commons. 235-3691,

“12 Days of Christmas — Sandsational Style”: Sheraton Waikiki presents its “largest sand sculpture ever created” at the hotel. On display through early 2018 at the entrance and main lobby, 2255 Kalakaua Ave.

Morning Tea: Holiday tea and dining from Tea at 1024. 10 a.m.-noon Saturday, Queen Emma Summer Palace. $40-$50. RSVP: 595-6291.

Hawaii Restaurant Association’s 2017 Holiday Party: Food, drinks, prizes, selfies with Santa and jazz by the Dana Land Trio. 5-9 p.m. Monday, WISP Restaurant & Lounge, 2885 Kalakaua Ave. Complimentary valet parking. $50-$60. 944-9105,


Pearlridge Center: Performances at Downtown Center Court.

>> Friday, St. Elizabeth Elementary School at 6:30 p.m. and Pas de Deux at 8 p.m.

>> Saturday, Waipahu Intermediate School Choir at 11 a.m.; Hanalani Royals Choir at 1 p.m.; and Aiea Intermediate School at 4 p.m.

>> Wednesday, Highlands Intermediate School Jazz Band, 7 p.m.

>> Thursday, Mele Mai Paki Lima Community Handbell Ensemble, 7 p.m.

Na Wahine o Ka Hula Mai ka Puuwai: 11 a.m. Saturday, Sunset Beach Elementary School during the North Shore Country Market with flowers, artists, food and more. 234-9421,

The Sounds of Aloha Chorus’ “An A Cappella Christmas!”: Hear all-male renditions of holiday favorites and bring your ukulele to participate in the play- and sing-along. 4 and 7 p.m. Saturday, Paliku Theatre, Windward Community College. $10-$20. 262-7664,

ManoaDNA’s “Boys and Their Toys” charity concert: The father-and-sons trio performs holiday music and original songs in two shows Sunday, 6:30 and 9 p.m. Sunday, Blue Note Hawaii. Also holding a toy drive for the Laulima Giving Program. Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped toys. Toys may also be dropped off at the family’s store, ‘IOLANI, at 1234 Kona St. $12.75-$35. 777-4890,

Handel’s “Messiah”: Features Central Union Oratorio Choir accompanied by Chamber Ensemble. 7 p.m. Sunday, Central Union Church of Honolulu, 1660 S. Beretania St. Offerings welcome. 941-0957,

Oahu Civic Orchestra’s Winter Concert: 7 p.m. Monday, Eiben Hall, Chaminade University, 3140 Waialae Ave. 342-0610

Chamber Music Hawaii: The Honolulu Brass Choir’s annual holiday concert. 7:30 p.m. Monday, The Cathedral of St. Andrew, 229 Queen Emma St.; bell ringing begins 7 p.m. $35. Tickets: 489-5038. Info: 722-0172,

St. John Vianney School: Student bands, orchestras and choirs perform a concert of holiday music from the classical period to the 21st century. 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, St. John Vianney Church, 940 Keolu Drive, Kailua. 261-4651

Windward Community College Holiday Music Showcase:

>> Winter Piano Concert: Festive holiday music by WCC’s Piano Program students. 7 p.m. Tuesday, Paliku Theatre.

>> Hanauna Mele Concert Series: Slack key and ukulele students from WCC and UH-West Oahu. 7 p.m. Wednesday, Paliku Theatre.

>> Vocal music: Student voice, choir, soloists and musicians, with guest artist Teresa Bright. 7 p.m. Thursday, Hale A‘o, Hawaiian Studies Building.

>> Hula Ho‘ike: Hula performances by Hawaiian Studies students. 7 p.m. Thursday, Paliku Theatre.


Hidden Treasures: Christmas wrapping, ornaments, boxes, bows and tissue paper, lights, felt bags and batik ladies’ tops. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays through Dec. 24, Moiliili Community Center. 942-0595

Moanalua 99 Craft and Gift Fairs: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. on third Sunday monthly, 99 Ranch, 1151 Mapunapuna St. 479-5525,

East-West Center Craft Fair: Ethnic crafts, plants, jewelry, glassware. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, Burns Hall courtyard, 1601 East-West Road. Parking: $5 on adjacent lawn. 944-7111,

Adoption Circle of Hawaii Swap Meet Fundraiser and information: Find gently used treasures and holiday gift baskets, and learn how to access Hawaii adoption records while talking with adoptees, birth parents, adoptive parents and others. 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Aloha Stadium Swap Meet. 989-7071,

Alii Shores’ annual Christmas Sale: Koa furniture, glass, textiles, paintings, pottery and jewelry. 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, 46-143 Nahiku Place.

Aliiolani Elementary School Craft and Gift Fair: 8:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 1240 7th Ave., with more than 200 vendors. 479-5525,

Christmas in Honolulu: Annual fair with gifts and art pieces by local and mainland artists. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Palolo Hongwanji, 1641 Palolo Ave. Sponsored by Wabi Sabi. 734-3693

Poinsettia and bake sale: 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Roosevelt High School (fronting the gym), with poinsettia and tillandsia plants, andagi, KC Waffle Dogs, LuLaRoe, Thirty-One bags and more. Also accepting donations for the Hawaii Foodbank. Proceeds to benefit Roosevelt High School’s Project Graduation.

Wahiawa Ryusenji Fujinkai: Annual fair offers jewelry, baby items, bags and purses, food, baked goods, gifts and a white elephant sale. 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, 164 California Ave. (next to Kaala Elementary School). 622-1429

Home Holiday Faire: Koa and Hawaiian wood bowls, jewelry, food, glass pieces, fabric trees, baby items, Japanese scrolls and obis, pottery. 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, 252 Kahako St., Kailua. Support nonprofit groups Agape International Mission, Advocate for Africa’s Children, Heart for Africa and others. 497-3277

Lanikai Christmas Craft Fair: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at the park in Lanikai Loop (corner of Aalapapa and Kaiolena drives), with 100+ vendors.

Friends of Makiki Community Library: Holiday book sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday and noon-4 p.m. Sunday, Makiki District Park. 536-7765, 388-1022

Kalama Beach Park’s Artisan Fair: 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, 280 N. Kalaheo Ave., Kailua.

A Pinch of Salt: 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Salt at Our Kakaako, 660 Ala Moana Blvd.

Hawaii Animal Sanctuary’s Sip & Shop Holiday Sale: Gift baskets, jewelry, complimentary refreshments and more. 5:30-10 p.m. Saturday, 221 Iliaina St., Kailua, indoors in the Aikahi World War II Tunnels (Battery 405). Proceeds benefit the no-kill sanctuary for rescued animals. Entry donation: $5. 824-1068, 253-0675

Saint Louis School Class of 2018 Project Graduation craft fair: 8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sunday, McCabe Gym on campus, 3142 Waialae Ave. Info and interested vendors:

Windward Holiday Craft & Gift Fair and “Taste of Castle”: Sample holiday family recipes for $1, plus holiday gifts, unique items, door prizes, lion dance performance and an appearance by alumnus Kutmaster Spaz. 9:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Castle High School. Benefit for the Families and Friends of Castle Project Graduation. Donation of desserts or main/side dishes: 551-6609. Info: 554-9620,

An Evening in Waipio: 5:30-9 p.m. Wednesday, Hawaii Okinawan Center, 94-587 Ukee St., Waipio Gentry. Sponsored by Hawaii United Okinawan Association. 676-5400,

Hawaii Government Employees Association Holiday Craft & Gift Fair: Local vendors with items including handcrafted jewelry and wood art. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Wednesday-Thursday, 888 Mililani St. Benefit for the Charles R. Kendall Scholarship and Education Fund.

Moiliili Senior Center Christmas Craft Sale: Handmade items. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Thursday, Moiliili Community Center, 2535 S. King St., Room 209. 955-1555


Holiday wreath: Create a decorative wreath using dried plants (provided). 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Wahiawa Botanical Garden. Repeats Dec. 8. $15. Reservations: 522-7066. Info: 628-1190.

Holiday ornaments: Enjoy a picnic in the garden and create ornaments using dried plants, shells and recycled materials (provided). 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Ho‘omaluhia Botanical Garden. Reservations: 233-7323.


Girl Scouts of Hawaii Troop 585 donation drive: Collecting donations to benefit local cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Requested items (must be new) include tissue boxes, scarves/beanies, journals/pens, stress balls, socks, plastic mugs, water bottles and massagers. 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Walgreens at Koko Marina Center.

Be a Santa to a Senior: Through Dec. 13, visit the Pan Am Building at 1600 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 212, and select a paper ornament featuring a senior’s name and desired gift to be bought and returned to the location with ornament attached. Presented by Home Instead Senior Care. 944-0422,

The Salvation Army Angel Trees: Select an ornament from these trees and purchase the requested item for the keiki or senior designated on the tag at Central Pacific Bank locations and many malls and stores statewide. Drop off gifts at CPB branches through Dec. 15; monetary donations accepted through Dec. 31. In partnership with Aloha United Way, donate cash at local Burger King restaurants through Dec. 24. Donate at Aloha Island Mart convenience stores through Dec. 31. Or adopt a specific family or senior by calling 988-2136.

Share a Holiday Feast: Through Dec. 31, visit Foodland and Sack N Save stores to make a donation to the Salvation Army at checkout. Money raised will become Foodland gift certificates to be distributed to families in need on each island where donations were received.

Waikiki Toy Jam: Bring a new, unwrapped gift to donate to Toys for Tots Hawaii through Dec. 17 and receive promotions and discounts from participating retailers and restaurants in the Waikiki Shopping Plaza and Waikiki Business Plaza.

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