The holiday season is nearly everyone’s favorite time of year. It’s no wonder—good company, delicious food, and fun traditions are enough to win anyone over. If you feel like a piece is missing from your holiday puzzle, though, it may be time for a change of scenery. Whether your goal is to completely avoid the season’s typical madness or celebrate it in a more scenic, laid-back place, Oahu is the perfect place to travel this winter! Below, we’ve compiled all of the best things to do on Oahu in December. For a complete list of everything that makes our area so special during this time of year, be sure to claim your complimentary Travel Guide!
These Are the Best Things to Do on Oahu in December!
In the winter, Oahu’s weather is mild, the beaches are beautiful, and time seems to slow down. If that sounds like the perfect setting for your next holiday getaway, “The Gathering Place” might just be your perfect match. Here are some of our favorite December activities and attractions!
Experience Honolulu City Lights
One of the best ways to spend quality time with loved ones this December is to experience Honolulu City Lights! This month-long Christmas light display at Honolulu Hale (City Hall) is even more than meets the eye. More highlights of this iconic event include a large, outdoor Christmas tree, the “Shaka Santa and Mrs. Claus” statues, an indoor tree display, and a corridor of uniquely decorated wreaths. You can also expect plenty of free activities, events, food vendors, and children’s rides!
Hang Out with Santa on the North Shore!
Ever dreamed of decorating cookies, eating breakfast, and learning how to play ukulele with Santa Claus himself? You’re in luck! This December, join the big man and his wife for a series of festive celebrations at Turtle Bay. These include reindeer rides on the North Shore, a festive breakfast, and a guided kayak tour (Santa hats optional).
Attend the Festival of Lights Boat Parade
Another one of Oahu’s best December events is the Festival of Lights Boat Parade. Held at Hawaii Kai Towne Center, this annual celebration features not only beautiful boats decorated in their Christmas-light best, but also a hula performance, live entertainment, and plenty of cheer.
Run the Honolulu Marathon
If you don’t celebrate Christmas or just prefer a pre-holiday vacation, there are plenty of ways to enjoy a December getaway on Oahu! One of which is the Honolulu Marathon, one of the world’s biggest and best road races! The fourth largest marathon in the world takes place annually on the second Sunday of December. You’ll certainly experience the spirit of “Aloha” during this race—there is no time limit and every inch of the 26.2-mile route is absolutely stunning!
If you’re looking for a comfortable place to stay that’s just steps away from all of the action (and the beautiful beaches of Oahu), a private Hawaii Beach Homes vacation rental is your best choice! All of our bright, airy, and spacious homes are fully equipped with everything your family needs to make the most of their stay. You’ll love your gourmet kitchen, complimentary beach essentials, plush towels, comfortable linens, and readily available concierge service! If you’re looking to enjoy any of these fantastic things to do on Oahu in December, we recommend selecting one of our beautiful South Shore homes! Many of these properties are located along the Honolulu Marathon route. How’s that for convenience?