If you are looking to escape the cold and enjoy a tropical Christmas, there is no place better than Maui! Enjoy the beautiful weather as well as some Christmas cheer! If you are interested in fun seasonal activities, keep reading below to find out what fun activities are happening around Maui this year. Visit with Santa, ride the Christmas train, enjoy a delicious Christmas feast, and more.
Skip the cooking and make a reservation for Christmas dinner at one of Maui’s best restaurants. Some great choices include Merriman’s, Mama’s Fish House, Hali’imaile General Store, Gannon’s, nyloS, Sarento’s, and Fleetwood’s. Check their websites for special menus and don’t forget to make your reservations early!
Pictures with Santa
If your kids would like to get pictures with Santa there are several places around the island. Queen Kaahumanu Center, Maui Mall, and The Shops at Wailea are all having visits from Santa at various times throughout December. Check out their websites for dates and times and other seasonal events and information.
The Holiday Express Sugar Cane Train
The Holiday Express Sugar Cane Train will be running in Ka’anapali from November 29th to December 31st at 6pm and 7:30pm. Tickets are $35 or $50 for premium tickets and children 2 years old and younger are free. Meet Santa and enjoy milk and cookies as well as a gift for each child.
Christmas Fair & Electric Golf Cart Parade
On Saturday, December 7th the Pukalani Country Club will host a Christmas Fair and Electric Golf Cart Parade from 3-7pm with children’s activities, a cookie baking contest, craft & gift fair, food, music, hot chocolate, and ugly sweater contest. Entrance fee is $2 and children under 12 are free.
Lahaina Banyan Tree
The 22nd Annual Lighting of the Banyan Tree in downtown Lahaina will be held on Saturday, December 7th. The tree will be lit with over 6,500 lights. The ceremony will be held at 6:30pm and the tree will remain lit throughout the holiday season.
Christmas 5K Run & Santa's Half Mile Keiki Dash
Register now for the Christmas 5K Run or the special Half Mile Keiki Dash for children 8 years and under taking place on December 15th. The keiki race begins at 7:30am and the 5K begins at 7:35am. The cost is $20 before December 14th or $25 on race day.
Holiday Pops Concert
at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center
If you are looking to enjoy some classic Christmas music, the Maui Pops Orchestra will be performing December 15th at 3:00pm playing songs such as Winter Wonderland, White Christmas, The Christmas Waltz, and more. Featuring Pianist David Benoit and Vocalist Sara Gazarek.
Air Maui is closed Christmas Day, but we are open for the rest of the holiday season! This is a great time to enjoy a flight with us as it is whale season and if you are lucky you will spot a whale from the air! Also, the waterfalls are especially spectacular due to the extra rainfall during this time of year. Here’s what some of our guests have to say about their experiences:
“The warm people to people contact was great and the pilot very enjoyable. This was such a great adventure experience: still not over it. Just . . .wow. I would recommend this trip to anyone. I was thinking I was going to be scared but I was so overwhelmed in a great way.” - jstanger2016
“We loved our flight with Air Maui. We toured Maui and Molokai, with a beach front landing. Our pilot was very informative and fun to be around! You could tell he really enjoyed his job. It was an amazing experience and we would do it again in a heartbeat! Highlight of our trip.” - Maddi1346
“This was my fiancé’s first time to Maui so I wanted it to be a fantastic trip and going on the helicopter tour with Air Maui was the highlight of our visit! The crater, the waterfalls and everything in between was breathtaking. We loved it, thank you!” - Footprints662232
“Awesome flight. The pilot took us into areas that not only were breathtaking, he explained the names of the spots and why they were called that so we were able to appreciate it all that much more. Even with clouds threatening we were able to find clear places to fly into with spectacular views. The staff at Air Maui were very pleasant and helpful to make sure we had the best experience possible.” - timZ1572GT