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Opening Night Festivities and Electric Light Parade for Honolulu City Lights


Dec 1, 2018
04:00 PM until 11:00 PM


Honolulu City Lights returns for its 34th year of holiday cheer setting downtown Honolulu aglow with lights and displays to mark the start of the holiday season. The opening night festivities kick off a monthlong celebration of free family-friendly attractions and merry fun.


4 p.m. - Keiki rides and souvenir booths open. New this year is the Honolulu City Lights Block Party, featuring more than a dozen food trucks located along Punchbowl Street.


6 p.m. - The Mayor’s Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony begins at Honolulu Hale, just as the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade steps off at A‘ala Park, running down King Street.


6:30 p.m. - Mayor Kirk Caldwell will illuminate the city’s 50-foot holiday tree on the front lawn, and unveil the employee Christmas tree display and public wreath exhibit in the Honolulu Hale Courtyard.


7:30 p.m. - The evening is highlighted with a star-studded holiday concert near the Sky Gate, featuring multiple Nā Hōkū Hanohano Award winner Nathan Aweau, ‘ukulele virtuoso Taimane, Aaron Night and the Kamehameha Elementary Schools Chorus.


Free parking is available in the city’s municipal lot.


Honolulu City Lights will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds, and will run through January 1, 2019, including Christmas and New Years.




View map Honolulu Hale and Fasi Civic Center
530 S. King St.
Honolulu, HI

Additional Information


City and County of Honolulu with the Friends of Honolulu City Lights

We make every effort to ensure the accuracy of this information. However, you should always call ahead to confirm dates, times, location, and other information.

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