Honolulu City Lights (35th Annual)
Downtown Honolulu will soon be aglow as the 35th annual Honolulu City Lights goes bright on Saturday, Dec. 7.
The eagerly anticipated event, presented each year by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights, has become a beloved island tradition for thousands of residents and visitors since 1985.
The opening night festivities kick off a month-long celebration of dazzling lights and displays, family-friendly activities and merry fun on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds. Mayor Kirk Caldwell will lead the official tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m. Then at 6:30 p.m., he will ceremoniously illuminate the city's 50-foot holiday tree, triggering the lights and displays that adorn the city grounds.
One of the many highlights of the evening is the Public Workers' Electric Light Parade, which celebrates its 29th year as part of Honolulu City Lights. A dazzling procession of festooned city vehicles and school marching bands will travel from Chinatown through King Street, featuring the crowd-favorite dancing City Lights. Shannon Scott and Mele Apana will serve as parade hosts. Joining this year's parade is beloved Sanrio character Hello Kitty, who will ride as part of the Macy's contingent.
The opening night also includes a free, star-studded holiday concert near the Sky Gate, featuring multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Award winners Hoku Zuttermeister and Sean Naauao, singer-songwriter Izik, and Keolalaulani Halau Olapa O Laka under the direction of Kumu Hula Keola Dalire.
The public is encouraged to come early to take advantage of the free parking that is available in the city's municipal lot, with entry from the left lane of Beretania Street just past Alapai Street.
The celebration continues throughout the month of December featuring several special events to delight island families. Honolulu City Lights will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and will run through Dec. 29, including Christmas