Honolulu City Lights

On december 2nd 2017, Honolulu City Lights opened its doors again to bring joy to local families and visitors throughout the christmas time.  This year’s annual Honolulu City Lights is featuring the theme “It’s a Zoo Out There” and is presented by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights for the 33rd time.
The Opening Night Festivities took place on Saturday, the 2nd of December at the Honolulu Hale (530 S. King Street). The program consisted of the Tree Lighting Ceremony, the unveiling of 56 new animal themed ornaments adorning the city’s 50-foot holiday tree and the Electric Light Parade which began at Aala Park and went down King Street to Honolulu Hale, where the weagons stopped and were parked in front of Honolulu Hale for people to take pictures with them. Furthermore there was the Employee Decorated Tree Exhibit in Courtyard, Santa’s Gingerbread House and Enchanted Forest Display in Courtyard and the Wreath Display in Lane Gallery. Later that night there was also the opportunity to take free photos with Santa in the Mission Memorial Auditorium and a Holiday Concert at Sky Gate.



The Honolulu City Lights also features, this year like every year since 1989, the 21 feet high and 2 tons heavy Shaka Santa and his wife. The couple can be found sitting on the fountain right next to the city’s holiday tree in front of Honolulu Hale.



Honolulu City Lights will be open daily from 8 am to 11 pm until January 1st 2018.


Upcoming Events:

Thursday, December 7
6 to 8 pm

Toys for Tots Collection featuring the 501st Legion of Imperial Stormtroopers, near front steps of Honolulu Hale


Friday, December 8
6 to 8 pm

DTL Free Photo with Santa Night, Honolulu Hale Courtyard

Saturday, December 16
7 to 9 pm

7-Eleven Hawai’i Free Family Movie Night featuring “Moana” on the Civic Center grounds


Sunday, December 17
5 to 6 pm

Performance by Halau Hula O Kapunahala O Nu’uanu YMCA, near front steps of Honolulu Hale


Friday, December 22
6:30 to 8:30 pm

Hawaiian Values Snack Company’s Free Milk and Cookies Night, near front steps of Honolulu Hale


  1. Nice that you included video and photos as well as a schedule for upcoming events for the holiday season. I did not know that those statues were almost 30 years old!

  2. Hi Patrizia!

    I loved your post! I used to walk in the City Lights parade when I was in the band in high school. I love city lights, it is really heartwarming, and going into city hall to see all the Christmas trees and wreaths is my favorite. I think it’s awesome you incorporated a video into your post! It really brings makes me want to go to the hall again and see all the statues and lights. Thank you for all the information you post! It’s really helpful. 🙂

  3. I’m so sad I missed all those things, especially the parade, which I’ve participated in in the past. It’s always been my favorite parade because of the lights and the energy from the audience and the participants. Thanks for the video and the schedule of events!

  4. That video makes me so happy. I’m excited for this holiday season. I love Christmas time, not because of the gifts I receive but because everyone seems so happy and pure. I love seeing people smile. The Honolulu City Lights is amazing. Me and my family go there every December to check out the lights.

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