Your Guide to the Perfect Christmas Weekend in Honolulu: Dec. 22–28, 2022

Watch Avatar: The Way of Water on the big screen with specialty snacks, enjoy Christmas brunch at Turtle Bay Resort and delight in the sounds of Paula Fuga and Kalani Pe‘a.


Holiday Lights Tour

Photo: Priscilla Stafford


Holiday Lights Trolley Tour

Through Monday, Dec. 26, various times

Take a 30-minute joyful ride to Honolulu Hale to see Shaka Santa, then spend about an hour exploring all the lights and scenes in the area. Reservations are filling up quickly so be sure to reserve ASAP. Tickets also include a photo with Santa Claus and his elves.

Family-Friendly Event, $25 for adults; $17 for keiki 3 to 11 years old; kids 2 years and younger are free but must sit on an adult’s lap. Pickup is at Victoria Ward Park, 680 Auahi St., @holidaylightshi


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Paula Fuga

Photo: Courtesy Blue Note Hawai‘i

Paula Fuga, Home for the Holidays

Friday, Dec. 23 and Saturday, Dec. 24, 6:30 and 9 p.m.

Hawai‘i’s Queen of Soul will be singing her favorite holiday tunes. The Nā Hōkū Hanohano Awards 2022 Female Vocalist of the Year is excited to share all of her merry energy with you at these special shows.


Premium seating $45, lounge seating and bar area $35, 2335 Kalākaua Ave., at the Outrigger Waikīkī Beach Resort,, @bluenotehawaii


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Flurry and Snow Holiday Singalong Show

Thursday Dec. 22 through Saturday, Dec. 24

Catch Flurry and Snow in Windward Mall’s Center Court for a special interactive singalong show produced by Storybook Station. Keiki are encouraged to sing along in hopes of a special guest joining in!


Family-Friendly Event, Free. 46-056 Kamehameha Highway, Kāne‘ohe,, @windwardmall


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Kalani Pea Photo Kalani Pea

Photo: Courtesy of Kalani Pe‘a


Kalani Pe‘a’s Hawaiian Christmas Show 2022

Friday, Dec. 23, 7 p.m.

Celebrate the season with the sounds of aloha from this three-time Grammy Award-winning artist and special guests kumu hula Shelsea Ai and Hālau Lilia Makanoe, and singer-songwriter Chardonnay.


$45–$100. 1130 Bethel St.,



Turtle Bay Christmas Brunch

Photo: Karolina Grabowska


Christmas Day Bubbles Brunch

Sunday, Dec. 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Enjoy a decadent brunch buffet, live music and take photos with Santa in the oceanfront ballroom. Expect sumptuous displays and action stations, which include imported cheeses, charcuterie and antipasto; a seafood and raw bar; carving boards; and more. Top it off with a glass of bubbles!


Family-Friendly Event, $130 for adults, $65 for children ages 4-12 years, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku,, @turtlebayresort



Avatar: The Way Of Water

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Avatar: The Way of Water

Through Sunday, Dec. 25, various times

Cozy up at the movie theater with James Cameron’s Avatar: The Way of Water, which just opened nationwide on Dec. 16. To celebrate the occasion, Consolidated Theatres will showcase special “I See Blue” themed concessions through Dec. 25.


Family-Friendly Event, Consolidated Theatres,, @consolidatedhi



Royal Hawaiian Center Forever 21

Photo: Courtesy of Royal Hawaiian Center

Mālama Hawai‘i Makers Market Pop-Up at Royal Hawaiian Center

Friday, Dec. 23, 3 to 8 p.m.

Shop for last-minute holiday gifts at this pop-up marketplace that features a curated collection of products from about 20 Hawai‘i-based artists, makers, designers, collectors and food vendors.


Family-Friendly Event. Royal Hawaiian Center, 2201 Kalākaua Ave., Level 3 in the former Forever 21 space,, @royalhwnctr



Shores Company

Photo: Courtesy of Shores Company


Shores Co. Candle-Making Workshop

Thursday, Dec. 22, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Sip on a glass of bubbly and enjoy ocean views while Shores Co. founder Tawnya Proctor shows you how to batch your own signature scented travel candles using coconut wax.


$100, Turtle Bay Resort, 57-091 Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku,, @turtlebayresort



Let It SNOW! Holiday Storytelling at The Magical Mystery Show O‘ahu

Saturday, Dec. 24, 2 to 3 p.m.

Keiki can gather around Santa as he reads the classic tale ’Twas the Night Before Christmas as pretend sparkling snow falls. Plus, Santa will have gifts for all the children.


Family-Friendly Event, children ages 5 to 17, $29; adults accompanying paid minor, $18 plus taxes and fees; Hilton Waikīkī Beach, 2500 Kūhiō Ave.,


SEE ALSO: Things to Do on O‘ahu in December and January


Rooftop Stargazing

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Stargazing in Waikīkī

Wednesday, Dec. 28, 7 to 8 p.m.

View the stars, planets, faraway galaxies and more using a 7-foot telescope set up on the top level of International Market Place’s garage. Listen to stories about space and chat with an astronomer. You’re welcome to BYO chairs and beverages, but food is not permitted at the event.

Family-Friendly Event, $30, children 5 years old and under are free, 2330 Kalākaua Ave.,, @intlmktplace