It’s that time of year again – when sidewalks get flooded with festival-goers and pavements pounded by parades. The official start to the holiday season kicks off with parades throughout the month of December.

It’s one of the best ways to experience a Hawaiian-style Christmas, where visitors can immerse themselves into the local community and see firsthand all the island “celebs” (i.e. the mayor, the high school band teacher, etc.)

  • OAHU

    • Chanukah Parade/Caravan

      Dec. 4, 2013 530-7pm • Starts at Kaimuki High School to King Kalakaua Park • www.chabadofhawaii.com

    • 67th Annual Kaimuki Christmas Parade

      Dec. 5, 2013 6-8pm • Starts at St. Louis/Chaminade University to Municipal Parking Lot • 1,500 marchers, 35 vehicles & 5 floats • www.kbpa.hawaii@gmail.com

    • First Friday Festival

      Dec. 6, 2013 8pm-2am • Hotel Street – Nuuanu Avenue to Smith Street closes at 8pm • www.artsdistricthonolulu.com

    • Mayor’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony/Parade

      Dec. 7, 2013 6-11pm • Starts at Aala Park to Punchbowl & South Streets • 2,000 marchers, 15 vehicles & 40 floats • eoi@honolulu.gov

    • Pearl Harbor Memorial Anniversary Parade

      Dec. 7, 2013 6-830pm • Starts at Ft. DeRussy to Honolulu Zoo • 2,000 marchers, 40 vehicles, 8 floats & 10 bands • www.pearlharborparade.org

    • Haleiwa Town Christmas Parade

      Dec. 13, 2013 6-8pm • Starts at Weed Circle to Haleiwa Beach Park • 500 marchers, 45 vehicles & 4 floats • www.gonorthshore.org

  • MAUI

    • Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree

      Dec. 7-8, 2013 5-8pm • Lahaina’s historic Banyan Tree gets lit, community choirs and carols, hula and cookie decorating workshops • www.visitlahaina.com

  • KAUAI

    • Kauai Christmas Parade

      Nov. 30, 2013 430-530pm • Starts at Kmart, toward Times, Jamba Juice and then back to Kmart • www.kauaifestivals.com

    • Lights on Rice Parade

      Dec. 6, 6-9pm • Starts at Vidinha Stadium through Rice Street and ends at Historic County Building • www.kauaifestivals.com

    • Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade

      Dec. 21, 2013 • Starts at Waimea Canyon Park and ends at Hofgaard Park • www.wkbpa.org/christmas

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