Christmas in Honolulu

By Swathi Ramaswamy on May 04, 2018
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Colorful shirts. Colorful buildings. Colorful vibes. Everything has different shades in Honolulu. Even Christmas in Honolulu is a grand, vibrant affair. It is an excellent time for merrymaking during your holiday as this whole place transforms into a festive wonderland in December. You will find different shows and events to attend, shopping to do, and delicious dishes to eat to make your Christmas even more exciting. 

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Here we give you the best that Honolulu has to offer during Christmas time:

1. Attend the Rumfire Night Circus

Now Christmas in Hawaii is not the traditional celebration that you see in Hollywood movies. So, keep your hopes low when it comes to Gothic churches and snowfall. After all, Honolulu is a tropical paradise with vibes of carnivals and circuses. This annual event takes place in late December at the Rum Fire. The Rumfire is a famous and reputed bar at the Sheraton Waikiki Hotel. It is known for its specialty drinks, views, and overall ambiance. It is a very energetic event with aerial acrobats, DJs, and go-go dancers. Near the swimming pools, you can witness a dazzling display of fireworks in the night sky. 

2. Visit the Craft and Gift Fair

You can go on a Christmas shopping spree in this fair which usually goes on from December 18 to December 20. This extensive and diverse craft fair takes place at the Neal S Blaidell Craft Center. Here you will be offered the best from all over Hawaii. This is presented and sold in the form of several local crafts ranging from chocolates to handbags. The main items that are popular among tourists are jewelry, clothing, and woodcrafts. All of this is made by local craftsmen in Honolulu itself. You can buy some classic Hawaii souvenirs too along with the Christmass-y stuff. 

3. Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center at Honolulu is all decked up and hosts several events on all 12 days of Christmas. This should be your classic go-to place for attending best of Christmas events in Honolulu. Here, you can avail a boat ride through the centre’s lagoon. During this ride, you will be entertained by performances from some renowned award-winning Hawaiian artists. On some days, the Polynesian Cultural Center also brings in tons of snow to create that typical Christmas look where you wear winter clothes and build snowmen with disproportionate bodies.

4. Dig into the buffet at Turtle Bay

Hawaii is also a land of diverse tastes and flavours, ideal for a culinary journey. So, to have a hearty warm meal on Christmas day, head out to Turtle Bay. This place offers a massive buffet of dishes on December 25, and several locals and tourists fill up their bellies here. You get a cuisine adorned with soups, oysters, salad, prime rib, suckling pig, Eggnog, Crème Brulee, pumpkin crunch cake and several other delicacies.

5. Visit the Aloha Tower on New Year’s Eve

The Christmas season has a stunning finale on December 31. In Honolulu, the best place to be on this final day of the year is the Aloha Tower. The Tower hosts a massive New Year Eve's party every year. Initially, you can enjoy and tap your feet to the tunes of some of the best live bands that Hawaii has to offer. Other attractions include mechanical bulls, the typical fire dancers and favorite food trucks where you can grab a quick snack. The tower also gives you a magnificent view of the bright firework show that marks the coming of the New Year.

So, there you have it. The island of Hawaii with its city Honolulu is bound to give you the unique Christmas experience. You will have a perfect blend of indigenous Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures as well as typical American influence. So, take a photograph with the Santa Claus, sail on the Polynesian Center waves, have a great meal at Turtle Bay, have a great end to the trip feasting your eyes on the fireworks at night, and you are all set to have memorable Christmas celebrations in Honolulu!


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