The Garden Island of Kauai is a wonderful place to vacation during the holiday season. There are a great selection of special holiday events that are sure to please every member of the family.
Here are a few of the most popular events that will take place in 2013.
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December 1 - Christmas Craft Fair at the National Tropical Botanical Garden - The 9th annual "Christmas Craft Fair in the Garden" will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Visitor Center of the NTBG located on Kauai's south shore at 4425 Lawa'i Road, Po'ipu, just opposite Spouting Horn. This is a free event that will feature lots of Kauai Made products, jewelry, a special Keiki (children's) Korner, a plant sale, lots of local food and music. For more information, you can call the visitor center gift shop at 808-742-2623 or visit their website.
December 6 - Lights on Rice Christmas Parade - The annual Christmas celebration in Lihu'e begins at 6:00 p.m. with the annual "Lights on Rice" Christmas Parade down Rice Street in Lihu'e and ending at Kauai's Historic County Building. The parade includes lighted floats, bands and local groups and ends with songs of the season sung by the Kauai Chorale and a lighting countdown led by Santa to open the town's annual Festival of Lights.
December 6-22 and 28 - Festival of Lights - Following the "Lights on Rice" Christmas Parade, the Festival of Lights display inside the County Building, featuring the decorations created by Josie Chansky, opens to the public and can be seen every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening from 6:00-8:00 p.m. through Christmas Eve. Find out more about the Festival of Lights or visit their website.
December 7 - Kilauea Christmas Tree Lighting Feast will take place from 4-8:00 p.m. Santa will be present. Six youth bikes to be given away. There will be lots of activities for the children, live music, hula and food. Everything is free.
December 7 - Waimea Tree Lighting - The festivities get under way at 5:15 p.m. with the 53rd Annual Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade. At 6:00 p.m. the annual lighting of the Waimea town Christmas tree will take place at 6:00 p.m. Waimea Town is the most decorated town on the island and every night brings additional delights. Stroll along Main Street and Waimea Canyon Drive to enjoy the spirit of the season offered by residents and businesses from dark until 9:00 p.m. Visit the Waimea Community Association website for more information.
December 14 - Storybook Theatre's Annual Breakfast With Santa - will be held from 9:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. The breakfast is a part of the Spirit of Christmas presentation at Storybook Theatre and Children's Garden in Hanapepe. Kauai's own "aloha santa," Phil Worwa will portray the fabled St. Nicholas at a breakfast in his honor. A nutritious breakfast created by hanapepe master chef Auntie Helen Lacono and will be served for young children accompanied by one parent. Holiday activities; including an un-rushed "talk story" with Santa, Christmas carol singing & coloring, and the fanciful story time titled The Spirit of Christmas will be the feature presentation by Mr. Worwa as Santa. Reservations are required. There is an admission fee of $25 per family of two for the breakfast. For tickets visit the Storybook Theatre of Hawaii's website.
December 15 - Women Artists of Kaua'i Holiday Fine Art Festival -This 5th annual festival will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the National Tropical Botanical Gardens Southshore Visitor Center. This is a great chance to purchase the original paintings, photography, pottery, sculpture and mixed media of top female local artists including Donia Lilly, Anna Skaradzinska, Marionette Taboniar, Caylin Spear, Patrice Pendarvis, Jennifer Rutt, Lannie Boesiger, Keani Andrade, and Kathleen Bryan. Musical entertainment will be provided by Dr. Matthew Miller. Yanagi Sushi will provide the refreshments. For more information visit www.womenartistsofkauai.blogspot.com/ or contact Marionette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
December 21 - Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade - The 19th annual Waimea Waimea Lighted Christmas Parade will begin at dusk (approx. 6:00 p.m.). This is one of the island's most popular holiday events and spectators should intend to arrive early since parking is limited to areas at either end of town. Parking details are available on their website. The parade begins at Waimea Canyon Park and goes down Kaumualii Highway to Ala Wai Road where it turns inland to Waimea Road, then back west to end at Hofgaard Park in the center of town. After parade festivities include live, on-stage free music at Hofgaard Park, with free beverages, baked goods and treats provided by local business. Visit their website for more information.
December 22 - Kauai Christmas Hula Concert - Leilani Rivera Low and Halau Hula o Leilani of the Kauai Cultural Center will present their annual family oriented Christmas hula concert at the Kauai War Memorial Convention. Over 75 adult and keiki dancers will perform to Hawaiian Christmas songs as well as as feature a selection of Maori and Tahitian dances. Local crafts and food will be available for purchase in the lobby beginning at 5:00 p.m. The auditorium will open at 6:30 p.m. and the show will begin at 7:00 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for just $20. You can also visit their website.
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