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Celebrating Safely: Christmas Activities in Hawaii with COVID-19

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Enjoying Christmas Activities in Hawaii with COVID-19

This year, Christmas activities in Hawaii with COVID-19 look a little different than in previous years. But there is still plenty of joy and wonder to go around! Read on to discover how to make merry this year despite the limitations we all face with coronavirus.

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Santa Claus is… Paddling to Shore!

Santa Claus comes ashore by canoe on both Oahu and Maui. There’s something special to viewing Kris Kringle in the sunshine navigating his way towards the sand. He’ll paddle up to Waikiki Beach and be available for free photos with his fans before he zips away to check on his workshop in the North Pole. He’ll also make a special appearance stopping by Wailea Beach on Christmas Eve in an outrigger canoe. Santa loves the sunshine as much as the rest of us, but he’s a busy man this time of year so catch him while you can! This is one of the Christmas activities in Hawaii with COVID-19 you won’t want to miss.

Hawaii Lights Up for Christmas!

Kids and adults alike love sparkling and bright lights, and Hawaii has plenty of them. In fact, light up displays and parades are are one of the best Christmas activities in Hawaii with COVID-19. Here are your safe and socially distant options.

Sparkling Christmas Lights on Oahu

See Honolulu City Lights from the comfort of your vehicle this year. Check out the 50 foot tree and be sure to notice the proper masks that Shaka Santa and Tūtū Mele have donned in the spirit of safety and style for coronavirus this year. If you don’t have a vehicle, consider checking out this television special showcasing the historical beauty of the Honolulu City Lights display. This year, if you want your photo taken with Santa, you’ll need to observe social distancing regulations near the statues. You can still park your vehicle and take photos with the folks in your bubble. Honolulu City Lights is one of the Christmas activities in Hawaii with COVID-19, and it is a tradition that has been going on for more than thirty years, so come by and be a part of the fun.

Decorated Displays on Kauai

On Kauai, consider Kauai Park Lights. While the indoor festival of lights won’t be held this year, you’ll be able to check out the outdoor display which brings plenty of wonder and island beauty to go around. This is the 24th annual Festival of Lights on Kauai. You’ll see lit up banyan trees, palm trees, and sparkling columns at County Building Park. 

Bright Parades on the Big Island

On the Big Island, the Downtown Hilo Christmas Light Parade has been cancelled, but in its place is a smaller lit up drive through parade entitled Keiki’s Christmas. On December 19th, another drive through parade entitled Pahoa Holiday Parade will offer socially distant floats and lights. Additionally,  although the Annual Waimea Twilight Parade was cancelled this year, instead they will offer a virtual parade of lights, hoping home and business owners will decorate and get in on the fun to help raise money for the Big Island Giving Tree. Social media access to this bright and cheery sight begins December 20th. 

Safe Christmas Activities in Hawaii with COVID-19

Coronavirus has impacted our year, and Christmastime is no different. But Hawaiians are still finding ways to make the holidays special. We hope you enjoy these Christmas activities in Hawaii with COVID-19.

Merry Christmas and stay safe!