Holiday Movie Screenings, Theater Shows and Performances to Watch in Honolulu

’Tis the season for “The Nutcracker,” Christmas films, the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu winter concert and more.

Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn


This 2014 musical, based on a 1942 film of the same name, follows an entertainer named Jim who wants to leave the business and move to a farm in Connecticut. He transforms his farmhouse into an inn with festive celebrations each holiday. Expect classics like “White Christmas” to get you in the spirit.

$15–$35. Performances are Thursday through Sunday until Dec. 23 at Diamond Head Theatre, 520 Makapu‘u Ave., (808) 733-0274,



Hawaiian Airlines Presents Kuana’s Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland


Kuana Torres Kahele rings in the holidays at Hawai‘i Theatre with music, hula, shopping, a photo booth, prizes, and special Ni‘ihau and Tahitian pearl lei giveaways, as well as featured performers each night: Mark Keali‘i Ho‘omalu and the Academy of Hawaiian Arts (Friday); Kehau Tamure Band (Saturday); and Ei Nei and Marlene Sai (Sunday). Attendees also receive a CD, DVD and calendar with the purchase of each ticket.

$35–$75, Dec. 7, 8 and 9 at Hawai‘i Theatre, 1130 Bethel St., (808) 528-0506,


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The Nutcracker 2018

Ballet Hawai‘i
Photo: Joe Marquez / The Smoking Camera


Ballet Hawai‘i’s annual production of The Nutcracker puts a Hawaiian spin on the classic tale, featuring ‘i‘iwi, honu, local flowers and even Queen Lili‘uokalani. Guest performers from the New York City Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet and Carolina Ballet accompany local ballet students, with the Hawai‘i Symphony Orchestra performing the score. Plus, check out stunning costumes designed by Christine Darch, Kini Zamora and Anne Namba.

$40–$125. Performances are Dec. 14–16 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall, 777 Ward Ave.,



Hawai‘i State Ballet Presents The Nutcracker

Hawai‘i State Ballet
PHOTO: Courtesy of Hawai‘i State Ballet


See the Sugar Plum Fairy, the Mouse King and all your favorite characters come to life in Hawai‘i State Ballet’s performance of The Nutcracker, accompanied by Alive Ballet Academy and Page Academy of Dance.

$16–$36, Dec. 15, 16, 21, 22 and 23 at Mamiya Theatre, 3142 Wai‘alae Ave.,


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The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu Presents Fill My Stocking

Like your holidays a little risqué? The Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu’s winter concert is guaranteed to make you smile—and probably blush. The merry band of performers is known to put on quite a spectacle, with hoots and hollers from the audience making for a truly jolly celebration.

$20–$25, 5:30 p.m. on Dec. 16 at Kennedy Theatre, 1770 East-West Road,



Zap Nasty’s Drunken Christmas Extravaganza

Like your holidays a lot risqué? Come to a live taping of this variety show hosted by Zap Nasty (Damon Ramsey) and featuring burlesque dancers, music and improv.

$15–$20, 7:30 p.m. on Dec. 15 at The Arts at Marks Garage, 1159 Nu‘uanu Ave.,



Holiday Movies


Dr. Seuss’ The Grinch and The Nutcracker and the Four Realms are currently playing at Regal and Consolidated theaters; Regal will also have special one-night screenings of classic holiday specials this month that include National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, A Christmas Story and more. Click here for showtimes.

Kaimukī’s Movie Museum will show the 1954 film A Christmas Carol at 7 p.m. on Dec. 24. Download the schedule for more details.


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