Hele mai Downtown Honolulu and join Shaka Santa and Tūtū Mele for an illuminating evening of entertainments, ono grinds, Christmas themed treats and of course the bright and out of sight Honolulu City Lights 2019.
Meet Santa, watch the lighting of the Honolulu Hale Christmas tree, and tour this year’s Honolulu City Lights opening night on Saturday, Dec. 7. Every year since 1987, Honolulu Hale lights has brightened the night and the hearts of countless children at heart.
The event is Free and hosted by the city and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights. Opening night features a parade, entertainments for all ages and the official lighting of the 50-foot tree at Honolulu Hale.
Honolulu City Lights opens on Saturday, Dec. 7 with a block party at 4 PM at Honolulu Hale featuring food booths and keiki rides, followed by the electric light parade at 6 PM and tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 PM
The parade will start at River Street, proceed on King Street past Honolulu Hale and end at Kawaiaha‘o Street. Click here for a route map. The Honolulu Hale courtyard will open at 6:30 PM
There will also be free photos with Santa in the Mission Memorial auditorium and a holiday concert near the Sky Gate beginning at 7:30 PM
Free parking will be available at the Fasi Municipal Building lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapa‘i streets. Enter from Beretania Street. Free parking at the Fasi Municipal lot will most likely fill up quickly.
Due to the parade, there will be parking restrictions and multiple street closures starting at 11 AM on Dec. 7.
Da Kine Grinds:
Food Vendors will be situated along the Diamond Head side of Punchbowl Street from 4 to 10 PM
Vendors will include:
Burgers and Burritos,
Bao Tao’n, Island’s Finest Shave Ice,
Uncle Lani’s Poi Mochi and
Waimānalo Country Farms.
Catch performances near the Sky Gate including:
Nā Hōkū Hanohano award winners
and Sean Na‘auao,
singer-songwriter Izik, and
Kumu hula Keola Dalire’s Keolalaulani Hālau ‘Ōlapa O Laka.
The city lights will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 PM, including on Christmas Day, through Dec. 29. Santa will be available for photos daily from 7 to 9 PM through Dec. 24. Remember to bring your own camera to take pictures.
This year’s official city lights ornaments will be on sale at Macy’s and First Hawaiian Bank branches. All proceeds go toward funding future city lights events. Ornaments cost between $24 and $48 each.
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