Can you think of a more appealing setting for a winter getaway than the lush islands of Hawaii? Oahu invites you to explore, discover, and embrace the Polynesian paradise this holiday season! Enjoy the sensational sunny weather, a variety of holiday celebrations, and dozens of unique attractions. The island of Oahu is known as “The Gathering Place”, making it the perfect location for bringing friends and family together to create unforgettable holiday memories!
Vans Triple Crown of Surfing
North Shore Hawaii | Nov 12-Dec 20
Surf culture in Hawaii is deeply ingrained within its history and its present. The first known occurrences of surfing are connected to ancient Hawaii traditions, where the sea had a perceived persona, which could reflect emotions. This reverence for the ocean resulted in a desire to engage with it, worship it, and even perform rituals and dances to please the sea in the hope that it would provide more surfable waves.
The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing introduces its 31st year of high-performance and power
surfing to the North Shore of Oahu. This critical competition has launched the careers of many professional surfers since its inception. Get a glimpse at the amazing talents of the world’s most masterful surfers as they take on exhilarating winter waves! The competition lasts until December 20th, so there is plenty of time to work some spectator time into your sightseeing schedule.
2013 Honolulu City Lights
City Hall | Dec 7
One of the most anticipated holiday events in Oahu is the spectacle provided at the Honolulu City lights celebration! The main events include a lighting of the elaborately adorned 50-foot city Christmas tree and the procession of the Electric Light Parade. You’ll also encounter food booths, keiki rides, souvenir booths, holiday concerts, a wreath contest, and a meet and greet with Santa Claus! The lights and holiday cheer will last throughout the month of December, so be sure to visit City Hall during your Oahu stay!
Waikiki Holiday Parade
Fort DeRussy Park | Nov 29
Since 1998 the Waikiki Holiday Parade has been hosted on the Friday after Thanksgiving to commemorate the Pearl Harbor attacks from December 7, 1941. Survivors, veterans, and admiring locals and tourists attend to show their respect. The mission of the event is to educate students on the importance of this piece of U.S. history, and the relevancy of preserving Polynesian culture. Enjoy performances by local bands and marching bands, Pearl Harbor Survivors, local officials, entertainers, and more! You’ll enjoy a wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial, and enjoy commemorative performances. The parade begins with warm-up and step-off from Fort DeRussy Park and ends at Queen Kapiolani Park, so stake out your ideal vantage point before the activities begin! To learn more about Pearl Harbor, embark on the Pearl Harbor Historical City Tour, included in your Go Oahu Card.
With your Go Oahu Card, you can visit any or all of the included 33 Oahu attractions and save up to 55% off gate prices. Or check out our special Hawaii Holiday Attractions pass to save 41% on Hanauma Bay Snorkeling, Secret Beach – Kualoa, Makani Catamaran Sail, Stand Up Paddle Boarding and North Shore Snorkeling! You’ll have the utmost freedom and flexibility to visit choice attractions, including the Makani Catamaran Sail, Sea Life Park, Snorkel the North Shore, Diamond Head Hike, and so much more! To learn more about the Go Oahu Card, visit SmartDestinations.com. Happy Holiday travels!