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Things to do in December in Hawaii


See the decorations at the Honolulu City Lights.

Photo: Ron Slauson

Little Women

Dec. 3-19

Travel back to the 19th century and enjoy Diamond Head Theatre’s adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s novel.diamondheadtheatre.com.

International Volunteer Day

Dec. 4

Give back to the community by donating your time and skills at places such as The Queen’s Medical Center, Volunteer Legal Services of Hawaii and more.volunteerhawaii.org.

26th Annual Honolulu City Lights

Dec. 4 through Jan. 3

Take part in this yearly city tradition as Santa Claus and other festive decorations light up the grounds of Honolulu Hale. honolulucitylights.org.

Photo: Peter Yee

11th Annual Gingerbread Family Festival

Dec. 5

Make a tasty gingerbread house at the Neal S. Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. You can also watch chefs compete during the Gingerbread House Building Competition. Tickets are $39; proceeds benefit Easter Seals Hawaii. hawaii.easterseals.com.

The Nutcracker

Dec. 10-19

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without a rendition of this classic ballet. Hawaii State Ballet dancers will glide across the stage of the Mamiya Theatre on the St. Louis campus. hawaiistateballet.com.

Photo: Courtesy Jay Metzger

Lunar eclipse

Dec. 20
Watch as the sun, Earth and moon align tonight for a lunar eclipse. The best viewing time in the Islands is before 9 p.m.

Sheraton Hawaii Bowl

Dec. 24

Cheer for the University of Hawaii Warriors as they battle for the trophy during the annual Hawaii Bowl at Aloha Stadium. The game kicks off at 3 p.m. and features Na Hoku award-winner, Nohelani Cypriano during the halftime show. sheratonhawaiibowl.com.


Photo: G Creative


Dec. 28 through Jan. 2

The second-longest running Broadway musical returns to the Neal S. Blaisdell Concert Hall. Let the memory live again. blaisdellcenter.com.


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