Honolulu City Lights
A 50-foot Christmas tree, oversize sculptures of Santa, elves, snowmen and reindeer, food booths, mesmerizing colorful lights, creatively adorned wreaths and jolly carnival rides; this is the Honolulu City Lights Festival.
Held annually since it’s humble beginnings in 1985 when Mayor Frank Fasi decided Honolulu Hale (city hall) needed a Christmas tree erected on its front lawn, the festival has evolved into a holiday event and tradition. The light show and spectacle starts at the city hall fountain and proceeds along the entire block to the municipal center. A holiday wonderland is one way to describe what the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center are transformed into.
The lighting displays are turned on at 6:00pm each evening in December until the 31st. Local families and visitors come from all over the island to enjoy a joyful night of lights, music food and fun. The historic Honolulu Hale building is also festooned with dazzling exhibits that you won’t want to miss seeing. These displays can be viewed daily from 7:45 am until 11:00pm.
Ample event parking is at the Fasi Municipal Building Parking at the corner of Beretania and Alapa`i Streets. There is also convenient public transportation available from Waikiki. For information on bus schedules and routes, please visit http://www.thebus.org or call 848-5555
Now in its 27 year, the Honolulu City Lights Festival is definitely a fun activity and well worth your time. And it’s free!