The holidays are just around the corner and colorful, twinkling lights are going up on homes across the island. Some Oahu neighborhoods, however, take their holiday lights to the next level. We polled our Locations Neighborhood Experts to come up with the best holiday light decorations for you to admire with friends and family!
1. Honolulu Hale City Lights
Honolulu City Lights is known for its stunning light and tree decorations. "It's a Zoo Out There" is the theme for this year’s festivities. It will be open from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., from Dec. 2 – Jan. 1, with food booths and keiki rides. Park for free in the city’s municipal lot or on the street.
Join in for the opening night Dec. 2 for the tree-lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. and an electric light parade.
You may also take a 30-minute trolley tour of holiday-light displays through downtown Honolulu, starting at the Ward Farmer's Market parking lot. Available from Dec. 3-30 for $7.75 with pickup and drop-off.
People flock to the famous Anapau Place from across the island. Known for its computerized light shows that are coordinated with multiple houses on the street -the light show runs from 6 - 9 nightly. Expect a lot of traffic and pedestrians.
Fun Fact: Anapau Place was featured on ABC's “The Great Christmas Light Fight” in 2014, where it faced off with two other streets in America.
Every year, three cul-de-sacs bordering Mahinahou Street put on an elaborate light display for the public. Rumor has it that one of the houses will feature a Star Wars-themed display this year.
For those who love parades, don't miss the holiday parade beginning at 9 a.m. at Mililani High School Dec 2. After the parade, head to Mililani Shopping Center for crafts, games, activities and a visit with Santa.
In December, Namoku Street transforms into "Christmas Lane"- Kaneohe's holiday hot spot. While there is no coordination among the houses, there is a variety of light displays - including a "Where's Waldo?" display.
5. Ewa Beach
“Da Ohana Christmas Light Show”, located at 91-6523 Kapolei Parkway, is known for its annual synchronized light show. Featuring a 20-foot Christmas tree, snow-falling lights, snow machines and a singing Santa. Da Ohana Christmas Light show runs from 5:30 - 10 p.m., daily. Tune to 106.5 FM to listen to music synchronized to the light show.
The homeowners are also known to pass out hot chocolate and candy canes on weekends! Donations to the Make-A-Wish Foundation are encouraged.
6. Hawaii Kai
“Candy Cane Lane” in Mariners Village 2, located at 575 Hahaione Street, features a traditional light display with Santa and his reindeer, snowmen and more.
Drop by the Kailiuli Christmas Spectacular, located in upper Makakilo at 92-1346 Kikaha Street for a synchronized 13-song light show that runs nightly from 6:30 to 10:30 through Jan. 5.
The owners of 1170 Akumu Street have put on a lively light show every year for the past 30 years. With inflatables, ornaments and more than 10,000 lights synchronized to Christmas music, this is a must-see home on the Windward side. From 6 to 9:30 p.m.
Have fun touring the holiday lights and happy holidays from Locations!