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Holiday Events 2022 ~ Updated

I’ve updated this post of holiday events as we come into December! The Thanksgiving posts are no longer current (For this year), but I’ll keep them at the bottom as they may come in handy as you plan next year’s trips!

I’m starting to see holiday events advertised, so I thought I’d start compiling a list. If you hear of something that sounds like fun, send me a message and I’ll add it.

Wailea Village Holiday Market

Wailea Village (the new mall just above the Shops at Wailea) is presenting two holiday markets, Thursday December 1st and Thursday December 15th from 4-7pm. They are asking for an upwrapped toy for the IMUA toy drive. There will be holiday gifts, live entertainment, local vendors and of course food. Incidentally, Wailea Village also hosts Tuesday morning markets (8-11am).

Hui Holidays

Through December 24th the Hui No’eau (local artist collective) in Makawao is hosting their Hui Holidays. Check out the gift shop Tuesday-Saturday 9-4pm for a collection of unique locally made gifts by 70+ artists and vendors.

Seabury Hall-idays

Upcountry private school Seabury Hall is hosting their annual Seabury Hall-idays event on Friday, December 2nd from 5:30-7pm. Last year’s event was sadly cancelled due to a storm. This year it will be a walk-on event. The night will feature the lighting of a 20-ft. Christmas tree at the Reflecting Pond, photos with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, cookie-decorating and hot cocoa, pop-up performing arts performances, and letters to Santa at the library. This will sell out – get your tickets quickly.

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Lighting of the Fairmont Kea Lani Christmas Tree

The Fairmont Kea Lani is hosting their tree lighting on Saturday December 3rd at 5:30pm together with a traditional ceremony with Hawaiian entertainment. Arrive early as my sources haven’t mentioned where the tree will be situated.

Lighting of the Holiday Lights at the Banyan Tree

On Saturday December 3rd at 5:30pm America’s largest banyan tree will be lit up with holiday lights. Have you checked out the Banyan Tree? It takes up nearly an acre. The Banyan Tree holiday lights will remain on throughout December from 5:45pm through midnight.

Christmas in the Country Holiday Fair

Ulupalakua Ranch is hosting their annual ‘Christmas in the Country Holiday Fair’ on Sunday December 4th from 10-4pm at the ranch. In addition to food and craft vendors, Santa will make an appearance and there will be a classic car show. Admission is free with donation of either unwrapped new toys or five pound bags of rice (donations go to the Friends of Children’s Justice Center and the Maui Food bank)

Holiday Pops by the Maui Pops Orchestra

This year’s Holiday Pops concert takes place Sunday December 4th at 3pm at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center. I am excited to go ~ the concert is featuring the 23 time Na Hoku award-winning trio, ‘Na Leo Pilimehana.

Kula Country Market ~ hosted by Kula Country Farms

This market actually takes place every 3rd Saturday of the month (Saturday, December 17th), so make note of this for next year also. Kula Country Farms has the cutest farm stand. At this market they host various other vendors selling their homemade wares. A great place to get a unique souvenir or do a little Christmas shopping.

Snow Zone!

On Saturday December 17th from 6-8pm there will be a snow machine at Campbell Park next to the Baldwin Home Museum on Front Street in Lahaina! Snow on Maui for children 12 and under to enjoy. While the idea of snow on Maui may be novel for visitors, many local children have never seen snow before! Admission to the Snow Zone is a canned item for the Maui Food Bank.

Willie Nelson and Family in concert

Ok, this isn’t a holiday event, but it might be a cool pre-Christmas present for someone. Maui’s very own Willie Nelson and his sons Lukas Nelson & POTR (Promise of the Real) and Micah Nelson (Particle Kid) will be performing on Friday December 23rd at 6:15pm at the MACC. Sig and a friend already have their tickets and are excited to go!

Be on the lookout for information regarding Santa arrivals at the Wailea hotels the morning of December 24th. Both the Grand Wailea and the Fairmont usually have fun kid events.

What holiday events am I missing?

Thanksgiving events (for next year’s trip planning)

As a side note ~ are you not wanting to cook on Thanksgiving? Check out my Thanksgiving dinner blog.

Turkey Trot

Ok, I just had to add this one to my list of holiday events ~ at first I thought it was actually a turkey race, but on closer inspection it looks like it’s a race organized by the Valley Isle Road Runners! The Turkey Trot takes place on Thursday November 24 (Thanksgiving morning) from 7:30-11am at Rice Park in Kula. ‘A perfect way to spend your early morning before celebrating Thanksgiving with your family or friends.’ If you go, PLEASE tell me all about it.

Shops at Wailea Santa Parade

On Friday November 25th between 9-10am the Maui Classic Cruisers and Street Bikers United Hawaii will be escorting Santa down South Kihei Road from Kalama Park to the Shops at Wailea. This Santa Parade will be followed with a Holiday Polynesian Show from 11am-noon at the Shops at Wailea (lower performing area). The Shops also offer photos with Santa, free with canned good donations benefitting the Maui Food Bank. See the Shops at Wailea website for Santa photo times and more information.