The Ultimate Guide to Christmas on Oahu 2017 (Updated 12.12)

The holidays in Hawaii, especially with kids, can be either wonderful and full of memories, or, can be quite underwhelming. Our first Christmas on Oahu was in 2011 and I had no clue as to what to do or what was happening on the island during the holidays. I wish I had known about all of the parades, places kids can play in the snow, where to see Santa paddling in on a canoe, and where to get a photo of Santa wearing slippas and an aloha shirt with shorts.

So, here’s a long list of family events and happenings on Oahu, December 2017 to create the Ultimate Guide to Christmas on Oahu, 2017. Whether you are celebrating Christmas 2017 on Oahu, Kwanza in Kailua, Hanukkah in Hawaii or simply trying to find something to do with kids during Christmas break, this is bound to have a few family fun happenings on the island for you guys to make it a memorable one!

I’ll continue to update the list as we uncover even more events, so check in regularly!  If I missed something, use the comments and I’ll add it. Be a good friend and share!  To help with the planning, here’s a family fun planner. To use it, Click Here to Download Your FREE Holiday Planner PDF, write down the events that interest you, hang it on your fridge.

Where to Find Santa on Oahu

Ala Moana Mall

Ka Makana Ali’i Mall

Waianae Mall

Town Center of Mililani

International Market Place

Ward Village

Where to Play in the Snow on Oahu

Have you ever stood in line for an hour for your child to play in man-made snow for 5 minutes in Hawaii? Let me tell you, you haven’t lived until you’ve do it!

Dec 3: Snow Day in #ourkakaako

Dec 8: Hukilau Marketplace

Dec 9: Salt Lake Shopping Center

Dec 9: Mililani Town Center

Dec 9: Pearl Highland Center

Dec 22: Hukilau Marketplace

Ongoing Holiday Events on Oahu in December

Here’s a list of Holiday Events happening on Oahu that are ongoing. Click the links for specific dates and how to purchase tickets.

Take a Trolley Tour of the Christmas Lights

Watch Charlie Brown Christmas at Diamond Head Theature

Have some Christmas fun at the Waianae Winta Wonda Land

Experience a Live Nativity Christmas Story at Waimanalo Country Farms

Full Calendar of Christmas 2017 Events on Oahu

Here’s a full list of Christmas event on Oahu during December, 2017. If you’re spending the holiday season with kids in Hawaii, hopefully you’ll find something on this list to make it memorable.

Friday, December 1

Wahiawa Town Santa Parade

Saturday, December 2

Honolulu City Lights Opening

Kaneohe Christmas Parade

Mililani Holiday Parade

Christmas Tea at Queen Emma Summer Palace

Magical Christmas Storytime at Hawaii Kai Public Library

Making Holiday Ornaments at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Gardens

Sunday, December 3

Toys for Tots Biker Parade

Pearl City Christmas Parade

Tuesday, December 5

Have Some Arctic Fun at Kahuku Library

Wednesday, December 6

Holiday Lani Moo & Calci at Kapolei Library

Thursday, December 7

Kaimuki Christmas Parade

Pearl Harbor Memorial Christmas Parade

Friday, December 8

Attend the Tower Lighting Celebration

Take a picture with Santa in your Holiday PJ

Haleiwa Town Christmas Parade

Enjoy some live Music at the Hawaii Theatre

Saturday, December 9

Watch the Kapolei City Lights Parade

Attend the Waimanalo Christmas Parade

Aiea Christmas Parade & Fun Fair

Manoa Community Christmas Parade

Have Breakfast with Santa at Kualoa Ranch

Dog Photos with Santa at Kailua Beach

Enjoy the Mililani Holiday Festival

Sunday, December 10

Watch Santa Arrive by Canoe in Waikiki

Tuesday, December 12

Create a FREE Mistletoe Footprint Craft in Hawaii Kai

Mo’ili’ili Holiday Parade

Christmas Hula Holiday Show at Ala Moana Mall

Wednesday, December 13

Santa Night at Kapolei Library

Strummin in the Holidays at Waianae Library

Thursday, December 14

Create a FREE Mistletoe Footprint Craft Party at Magic Island

Kapahulu-Moili’ili Holiday Parade

Friday, December 15

Create a FREE Mistletoe Footprint Party at Hunakai Park

Season’s Best Holiday Craft & Gift Fair (Friday thru Sunday)

The Nutcracker- Hawaii State Ballet

Have Breakfast with Santa at Dave & Buster’s

Saturday, December 16

Create a FREE Mistletoes Footprint Craft at the Honolulu Zoo

Enjoy the Waianae Christmas Festival

Santa 5K Fun Run in Ewa Beach

Attend the Ewa Beach Holiday Parade & Festival

Sunday, December 17

Army Music Hawaii Holiday Concert @ Ka Makana Ali’i Mall

Make a Wish’s Jingle Rock Run

Christmas Hula Holiday Show at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

Tuesday, December 19

Enjoy Storytime with Santa at Hickam Library

Friday, December 22

Take Photos with Santa at the Battleship Missouri Memorial

Saturday, December 23

Enjoy a Christmas Brunch and Concert at Waimea Valley 

Monday, December 25

Enjoy Christmas Dinner at Turtle Bay

Download Full List as a Printable PDF

Takara Bullock
Takara Bullock

Takara is a wife, mother-of-three, and owner of FIT4MOM Honolulu Owner who has lived in Hawaii for seven years. Before Hawaii, she resided in Japan for six years where she researched as a Fulbright Fellow and later worked as a headhunter recruiting talent in the tech industry. Fun Little Ohana is all about 'momming' in Hawaii. Subscribe to our weekly email for the latest happenings on the island.

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