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Honolulu Holiday Happenings
November 23 ,2023

Celebrating the holidays on vacation is truly magical. It’s a time to explore new destinations, unwind, and enjoy festive activities in an exciting new place. Each year, Honolulu comes alive with holiday cheer, and Prince Waikiki is at the heart of this celebration. Experience the holidays like never before with our highly anticipated program, featuring Hawaii’s only Sippin’ Santa pop-up bar, the Holly Jolly Waikiki Trolley, the weekly Makers Market, and plenty more throughout Honolulu. Keep reading to dive into the details below to plan your festive fun this December during your holiday stay at Prince Waikiki.

Honolulu City Lights


Holiday lights in Hawaii


Date: December 2, 5:30 PM


Join Mayor Rick Blandiard as he lights up the 50-foot holiday tree at Honolulu Hale, officially marking the start of the holiday season. With food booths, keiki rides, dazzling lights throughout downtown, and a visit from Santa, December kicks off in merry fashion. The festive parade, part of the Honolulu City Lights opening night celebration, will continue all month and feature various family-friendly events. This is a great opportunity to enjoy a little bit of everything when it comes to holiday happenings.


Aloha Home Market Kailua – Hana Hou Holiday Market


Date: December 3-17, 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM


Indulge in Hawaii’s premier pop-up market, showcasing unique local treasures. Held in a covered outdoor venue, this market distinguishes itself by emphasizing made-in-Hawaii products and rare finds not easily found elsewhere on O‘ahu. If you’re dedicated to supporting local businesses this holiday season, don’t miss this event!


Ballet Hawaii Presents The Nutcracker


Ballet Dancers


Date: December 16


No holiday season is complete without The Nutcracker. Experience the holidays with Ballet Hawaii’s lavish Hawaiian-themed Nutcracker. Ballet Hawaii offers a unique take on this classic production, setting their version in the 1858 Kingdom of Hawaii. In this production, the flowers are Crown Flowers, Hibiscus, and Plumeria, while the birds are I’iwi. The famous toy soldier uniforms are patterned after those of the Royal Guard, and the highly anticipated Waltz of the Snowflakes takes place atop the slopes of Mauna Kea. This setting offers fascinating historical characterizations to go along with the delightful island-inspired performances. Even if you’ve seen The Nutcracker before, this promises to be a new and enchanting experience.


Prince Tip: You can enjoy a special mini-performance of the Nutcracker right here in the lobby of Prince Waikiki at the following times:


November 21, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM


December 2, 7:00 PM – 7:30 PM


Sippin’ Santa Pop-up Bar


Sippin' Santa at Prince Waikiki


Date: November 24 – December 30, 2023


Start on a tropical holiday adventure with the Sippin’ Santa pop-up bar. Enjoy delicious Tiki-inspired cocktails and over-the-top decor. Live entertainment awaits every night from 7:00 – 9:00 PM, with the bar open daily from 4:00 – 10:00 PM. Whether lounging on the beach, exploring, or engaging in other holiday activities, wrap up your day at the pop-up bar with some festive and unique beverages.


Holly Jolly Waikiki Trolley



Date: December 3 – 25


Become part of the holiday magic, not just a visitor. If singing Christmas carols is your cherished tradition, catch a ride on the Holly Jolly Waikiki Trolley. Running Wednesday – Sunday at 6 pm, 7 pm, 8 pm, and Fridays at 6 pm, 7 pm, and 8:30 pm. Try something new, meet new people, and spread Christmas cheer for those listening. 


Makers Market



Date: November 24 – December 29


Festive fun awaits right here at Prince Waikiki! Visit the hotel lobby every Friday afternoon to support local businesses at the Makers Market. Discover unique gifts from vendors like The Lei Bus, Bakerholics Hawaii, and more. Treat yourself to something special or find one-of-a-kind souvenirs to take home.


Explore even more of our Holidaze events here.


Happy Holidays from Honolulu, Hawaii!



This year’s holiday season at Prince Waikiki promises warmth, festivities, and the true spirit of aloha, with some events making their inaugural appearance. As you plan your stay, envision the delightful decor, twinkling lights, and the joyous atmosphere that awaits you. Book your stay and make this holiday an unforgettable escape, celebrating traditions and creating new memories in a Hawaiian paradise.

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