Christmas tree lights up as holiday festivities kick off at Honolulu City Lights

Thousands crowded downtown Honolulu Saturday evening for 31st annual Honolulu City Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony.

King Street was closed from River Street in Chinatown all the way to Kawaiahao Street, just past Honolulu Hale.

The Christmas tree fronting the building was lit around 6:30 p.m., and the festive Electric Light Parade, which began at Aala Park down King Street, followed.

Food booths, rides for keiki, and more can be found at the event. There was also a free concert at the Sky Gate.

Festivities are expected to run until 11 p.m. Saturday.

Additional Events

The Honolulu City Lights celebration continues throughout the month of December, featuring a variety of family-friendly events:

  • Thursday, Dec. 10, 7 p.m.: The Royal Hawaiian Band will perform a free concert at Hawaii Theatre
  • Friday, Dec. 11, 6-8 p.m.: Toys for Tots collection drive with the 501st Legion Storm Troopers, near steps in front of Honolulu Hale
  • Saturday, Dec. 12, 6-8 p.m.: Young Brothers’ keiki ornament craft night, under a tent on Civic Center grounds, between Honolulu Hale and the Mission Memorial Building
  • Friday, Dec. 18: 7-9 p.m. Kraft free photo with Santa night, in the courtyard with coffee service
  • Saturday, Dec. 19:
    • 6:30-8:30 p.m.: Hawaiian Values Snack Company’s free milk and cookies night, near steps in front of Honolulu Hale
    • 7-9 p.m.: 7-Eleven’s family movie night on Civic Center grounds
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23, 7-9 p.m.: Kraft free photo with Santa night

Honolulu City Lights will be open daily through New Year’s Day, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. including Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, through Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.

Honolulu Hale Tree

Honolulu Parade 2

Honolulu Parade 3

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