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Christmas in Oahu – Top 5 Things to Do in Oahu during Christmas Season


The holiday season is one of the most festive and special times of the year. This is the time when families and friends reunite, bond, and share meals together. With the holidays just around the corner, families and friends are thinking about which vacation destination to spend this joyous season.



If you search the internet for your next holiday vacation spot, you will undoubtedly find a lot of options. If you’re considering Hawai’i as your holiday destination, tours in Oahu may be on the list of things you want to do. A Hawaiian excursion during Christmas may very well be the most memorable part of your trip. Away from the snow, you’ll be throwing sand balls on the beach instead of snow balls. A Hawaiian Christmas is an experience like no other!


Listed below are some of the things that you might want to try:

Waikiki Snorkeling Tour

Getting soaked in water during the cold weather of December might sound dreadful to some. But for others, this could be an adventure of a lifetime! Dipping your body into the warm waters of Waikiki during the Christmas season is quite a luxurious and rejuvenating experience.


Booking a Waikiki snorkeling tour with Go Tours Hawaii will give you the experience of exploring the clear warm waters of the Pacific. You may even see one of Hawaii’s most majestic creatures – the Hawaiian green sea turtles. During this season as an added bonus, you may also witness dolphins and humpback whales as they breach in the distance. ‘Tis the season to be jolly!


For more details about the tour, you can check Go Tours Hawaii’s Waikiki Turtle Canyon Snorkeling Tour.


Honolulu City Lights

If you’re like most people, the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Christmas is – You guessed it! A whole lot of bright festive lights! The holidays are here and so are the lights. The Honolulu City Hall is inviting you to experience a whole new holiday tradition: Lights on the X-mas tree Hawaiian style!


During December, the surroundings of the Honolulu City Hall will be filled with a brilliant display of lights anchored by a large central tree. On top of that, there will be festive activities like a holiday parade, photos with Santa, a merry concert, and much more.


This is a great opportunity for you to come together as a community, spend a few hours getting into the spirit of the season, and have fun while doing it!


This popular gathering officially began on December 12, 1985 by Mayor Frank Fasi. He envisioned a tree lighting ceremony as the main attraction on the City Hall’s Main Lawn. The founder Mayor Fasi, says that this event is meant to bring people together, and he hopes it will do so in a positive way. And boy was he was right! This jubilant event continues throughout the years and draws both locals and tourists alike.

Eat at Christmas Luau

A luau is a traditional Hawaiian feast that holds a deep meaning to the Hawaiian culture. Back in the day, there was a Hawaiian tradition where men and women were not allowed to eat at the same table. But in 1819, King Kamehameha II put an end to this practice. This symbolic gesture has made a significant change in society. To commemorate this, the king held a feast, giving way to the present-day luau.


At this party, many Hawaiian dishes that everyone can enjoy will be served, which is very much fitting for the holiday season. Some of the most frequent dishes include poi, kalua pig, lomi salmon, haupia, and much more. In addition to the delectable platters, locals and visitors can enjoy performances celebrating traditional Hawaiian music, hula, and fire dancers!


Many Oahu Island Tours offers a luau experience. But if you want to enjoy a luau that presents multiple options for your budget, we recommend Go Tours Hawaii. Their luau is one of the most authentic luaus you can find on the island. With three different experiences, you can guarantee that you will have a fun time at the right price. This experience redefines dinner and a show!


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Check out the Waikiki Christmas Store

Undoubtedly, many people find shopping therapeutic, and no one can blame them. A study from the Journal of Consumer Psychology in 2014 revealed that retail therapy could help reinforce a sense of personal control over one’s environment. And what is the most enjoyable time to go shopping? You guessed it, the holiday season!


The Waikiki Christmas Store is the best holiday shop in Oahu that has a large variety of fun Christmas decorations that uniquely pairs with the Hawaiian spirit. They are well-known for their “Hawaiian-Style” decorations.


If you’re looking for something new and unique to give the person who means the world to you, but you don’t want to spend too much money. The Waikiki Christmas Store is the perfect solution! They make beautiful and unique gifts that are sure to leave your loved ones speechless.


On top of that, you can purchase ornaments and have them personalized for free.


Visit Pearl Harbor

If historical adventure interests you, visit Pearl Harbor in December. This tourist attraction holds a significant history that shaped modern Hawaii. On the seventh  day of December, a Harbor Day Ceremony commemorates the lives that were lost and the survivors of the 1941 Pearl Harbor attacks. The ceremony is open to the public, and the itinerary changes every year.


However, if you are planning to visit on this day, you must be prepared for the influx of people. This means long lines, and you might miss some of the landmarked memorials. In addition, no tours are going to Pearl Harbor on this day. So, if you want to visit this historical site, you can commute, drive, or arrange transportation with the Pearl Harbor Visitor’s Bureau for $15.


On the other hand, if you want to visit the tourist spot on a different day, you can book an excursion with Go Tours Hawaii. You can find all the necessary information regarding their Pearl Harbor Tour at


Have a Merry Christmas with Go Tours Hawaii!

Imagine how amazing it would be to spend Christmas in Hawaii! You’ll get to spend the holidays surrounded by beautiful, welcoming people and sights—and you’ll get to do it with all your favorite people who you love more than life itself. You can’t beat that feeling! You don’t want to spoil your trip by feeling like you need a vacation after a vacation because of all the crazy researching, planning and managing. So take a breather and enjoy the holidays with Go Tours Hawaii!

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