6 Public Christmas Tree Light Displays Worth Checking Out Around O‘ahu

These Christmas light displays won’t be around for long.

The holidays are a time for family, friends, presents—and lights! There are more displays on the island than you may have realized. Next time you’re out and about at night, take a moment to look around and enjoy the shows.




Honolulu City Lights 

Photo: Friends of Honolulu City Lights


Honolulu City Lights is, hands-down, the best display on Oʻahu. Every year, the Claus couple and their friends adorn downtown along with a giant tree, festive lights and a boatload of photo ops.



Kapolei City Lights 

Photo: Lennie Omalza 


The second city’s display is not as big as Honolulu’s, but it’s certainly special in its own way. A plethora of Christmas trees and wreaths spruce up the interior of Kapolei Hale, with teddy bears and other holiday decorations surrounding the rail replica. Outside, Rudolph pulls a sleigh next to a giant tree.





Castle Hospital

This Windward hospital’s 31st annual community Christmas tree lighting ceremony took place on Dec. 2. If you find yourself driving down the Pali, be sure to check out the giant tree. Its surrounding leafy friends, as well as the hospital walkways, are also lit up.

640 Ulukahiki St., Kailua


Puʻu o Kaimukī Park

Every year, the Kaimukī Business and Professional Association provides lights and decorations for Kaimukī Community Park and its artificial tree. The park itself is tiny and only open till 6 p.m., but don’t fret—the tree can be seen from afar.

951 Koko Head Ave.


First Assembly of God Church

The next time you’re heading west on the Moanalua Freeway, look up to your right. The First Assembly of God Church’s brand-new light show runs from 6 p.m. to midnight nightly, through the end of the year. You can also tune in to 89.9 FM to listen to Christmas songs that sync with the lights.

3400 Moanalua Road


Schofield Barracks

There’s a giant Christmas tree at Schofield Barracks, near the main gate. Its flashing, color-changing lights illuminate an otherwise dark area out in Central Oʻahu.

Schofield Barracks, off Kamehameha Highway