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Christmas Guide to Kauai

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Kauai, Hawaii is both a tropical island paradise and an idyllic Christmas getaway. Imagine twinkling palm trees adorned with festive lights, creating a magical holiday ambiance. Kauai’s holiday festivities, from lively parades to traditional Hawaiian music, offer a unique seasonal charm. Enjoy sun-soaked beaches, explore lush rainforests, and partake in thrilling island activities like snorkeling and hiking while at the same time enjoying access to favorite Christmas activities. Christmas on Kauai blends the warmth of the aloha spirit with holiday cheer, providing an unforgettable escape from the winter chill. With its serene beauty and festive atmosphere, Kauai is the perfect destination for a tropical Christmas celebration.

Waimea Light Parade

Attending West Kauai’s Waimea Light Parade is a favorite event for residents and visitors alike. This annual event transforms the quaint town of Waimea into a festive wonderland, showcasing the island’s vibrant community spirit. As evening descends, the quaint streets come alive with dazzling light displays, illuminating elaborately decorated floats and charming vehicles. The procession assembles in the Waimea Canyon Middle School parking lot before traveling down Main Street. Floats are decorated with the spirit of the season in mind, ranging from traditional holiday themes to those with a unique island flair. Kids will enjoy an abundance of sweet treats that are tossed along the parade route.

The celebration culminates at Hofgaard Park with a holiday Christmas concert in the center of town. This family friendly event features local groups and musicians who bring the magic of the season to life with their performances. The Waimea Light Parade allows residents and visitors alike to immerse themselves in the island’s holiday traditions.

Lights on Rice Parade

The Lights on Rice Parade is one of the main Christmas events on Kauai, held each year. Held in Lihue, this grand parade features around 60 illuminated floats and boasts the participation of approximately 3,000 enthusiastic performers. The streets of Kauai’s main town come alive with brilliantly lit floats, marching bands, and performers dressed in vibrant, festive costumes, creating an enchanting island-style holiday sight. From local schools and organizations to talented musicians and dancers, the event ensures a captivating display of talent and festive cheer. Enjoy the sights and sounds of holiday music, intricate light designs, and a lively, family-friendly atmosphere.

Christmas Craft Fairs Kauai Museum, South Shore Visitors Center

Kauai offers numerous craft fairs throughout the Christmas season, perfect for picking up unique, island-inspired gifts and soaking up the island’s charm and festive spirit. The Kauai Museum Christmas Craft Fair is a favorite, bringing in makers and artisans from around the island. Set against the backdrop of the historic museum, this fair features a diverse array of handmade crafts, local artwork, and traditional Hawaiian gifts. It’s an ideal place to find unique souvenirs and holiday presents while supporting local artisans.

Another popular seasonal craft fair is the National Tropical Botanical Garden Holiday Craft Fair held at the South Shore Visitors Center. Explore beautifully crafted jewelry, textiles, and other artisanal goods to find the perfect gift for loved ones or as a treat for yourself. Browsing Kauai craft fairs provides a glimpse into the vibrant community and local artistry, while at the same time crossing off some to-buy items from your Christmas shopping list!

Visit with Santa

Even while vacationing in Kauai, you can still visit Santa, share your wish list, and snap memorable photos with Old Saint Nick himself. Santa makes special appearances at various locations throughout Kauai during the Christmas season, sometimes in his classic red suit and other times donning a festive aloha shirt, adding a unique island twist to the tradition. One popular spot to meet Santa is the Kukui Grove Mall in Lihue. Here, you can capture your quintessential photo of the kids with Santa, ensuring your Kauai Christmas experience is both festive and fun.

Concerts & Performances

Throughout the Christmas season, Kauai hosts an array of holiday concerts and performances that enrich the island’s festive cheer. The Kauai Concert Association brings classical music performances to the island, and their event calendar often includes seasonal performances that add to the holiday atmosphere. Their schedule often features renowned musicians and orchestras, offering residents and visitors alike the chance to enjoy world-class music. The Kauai Performing Arts Center also offers a variety of musical performances, with special holiday events on their calendar. Koloa Dance House provides dance lessons for kids, who then perform in high-quality, memorable shows that include genres from ballet to contemporary and tap.

Hawaii Children’s Theatre also works hard with the community’s youth, providing opportunities to grow in artistic expression and putting on memorable shows throughout the year. Be sure to check the schedules of these local organizations for their holiday offerings to ensure you won’t miss out on these joyful Christmas events on Kauai!

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