Top Oahu Holiday Attractions to Visit This December

Who wouldn’t want to spend the chilly wintery holidays in the warm and sunny Oahu?

I, for one, would relish the chance to escape another snowy winter and celebrate the holidays, island-style. If you’re lucky enough to be in that position this holiday season, then you’re in for a real treat.

There are some really great holiday attractions to enjoy this year in Oahu, from the traditional to the distinctly local.

We’ve put together a list of our favorites to help you plan that perfect Hawaiian Christmas.

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Laser Holidays

Bishop Museum
November 27 – January 3, 2016

A good laser lights show is a fun and family-friendly way to spend an evening. A holiday-themed laser lights shows is even better! Enjoy festive lights set to Christmas classics, including everything from Nutcracker songs to modern tunes by the Eurythmics.

Shows available in the afternoon and evening, with inexpensive tickets. It’s practically a no-brainer!

So spend some time this holiday season at the Bishop Museum to enjoy some great seasonal art and music!

12 Days of Christmas

Polynesian Cultural Center
December 10 – 23, 2015

The Polynesian Cultural Center is the place to explore all things islander during the rest of the year, so it makes sense that it’s also a prime holiday destination.

Enjoy great festive offerings throughout December that help you celebrate the season in unique fashion.

Meet a surfing Santa Claus, enjoy live Christmas concerts by Hawaiian musical legends, and even embark on a holiday canoe ride.

Be sure to also stop by the Hukilau Marketplace for some original holiday gifts!

Haleiwa Town Christmas Parade

North Shore
December 11, 2015

Image credit: Hawaii News Now.

Another great parade in Oahu is the Honolulu City Lights Parade. Image credit: Hawaii News Now.

Although there are tons of Christmas parades each year in Oahu (there have already been several in the few days since Thanksgiving), this is one of our favorites.

Taking place on the beautiful North Shore of Oahu, it’s a great way to get the family out of Honolulu to explore more of the island.

With hundreds of marchers and several floats, bands, and musical performances, this is sure to be an entertaining parade.

It’s also on the smaller side, so you know you’ll be able to get a good spot as a spectator without being crowded out. No tickets required!

The Nutcracker

Mamiya Theater
December 18 – 20, 2015

This limited-run performance of the Christmastime classic, The Nutcracker, is a popular performance by the Hawaii State Ballet. It’s a yearly tradition in Honolulu and mainly attracts locals, although visitors are more than welcome to attend.

Although it’s a traditional play, the performance does have a few islander twists – you’ll have to see it in order to find out what they are!

Santa’s Beach House

Ward Entertainment Center
November 21 – December 24, 2015

Image credit: Ward Village Shops.

Image credit: Ward Village Shops.

We told you that the holidays in Oahu were something special. Forget about the North Pole and that frigid weather – in Hawaii, Santa’s got a beach house. Get a professional photograph with the Big Man, and make some classic holiday memories.

While you’re in the area, you’re right by Ala Moana beach, so why not try your hand at surfing or paddleboarding? It’s the island way to celebrate the season, after all!

Save on Admission

So whether you’re planning on enjoying a number of festive holiday attractions during your time in Oahu, or maybe just one, be sure to snag an all-inclusive Go Oahu® Card to help you save on admission to many of these top activties.
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