The period between Thanksgiving and New Year's Day is one of the most popular times to visit Maui. Many families make annual trips to the island during the holiday season. While you won't be able to have a white Christmas in Hawaii, Maui has plenty of holiday events and activities to help visitors get into the spirit of the season. Here are a few of the most popular events that will take place in 2013.
If you know of other events to add to this list, please email me and I'll add them.
November 30 - Sing Noel - The Maui Choral Arts Association will kick off the holiday season with Sing Noel, a joyful, fun concert with selections for all ages, complete with a Christmas carol sing-along and the Hallelujah Chorus will also feature beautiful arrangements of songs spanning the globe. The concert will be presented at the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online at $25 for adults, $10 for kids under 18 and students w/ID.
December 7 & 8 - Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree Celebration - For the 16th consecutive year Lahaina's historic Banyan tree will be decorated with thousands of Christmas lights. Banyan Tree Square will be the centerpiece of this two-day celebration which will run from 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. The celebration will include an appearance by Santa Claus and performances by numerous local choirs and hula halau. There will be plenty of activities for all members of the family. You can even have your photo taken with a Hawaiian snowman. Admission is free.
December 7 - Christmas with Napua - Enjoy an evening with four time Na Hoku Hanohano award-winning female vocalist Napua Greig and award winning Halau Na Lei Kaumaka o Uka as they share an evening of beautiful hula and sweet music to ring in the holidays. The show will be held in the McCoy Studio Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available online for $25. You can also call the Center at 808- 242-SHOW (7469).
December 8 - Maui Pops Orchestra Holiday Pops - In the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 3:00 p.m., The Maui Pops Orchestra presents their annual holiday concert with guest pianist Hyperion Knight to perform Grieg’s "First Piano Concerto." In addition, Na Leo Lani O Maui, Maui’s Hawaiian Community Choir under the direction of Mr. Gale Wisehart and Kumu Hula Uluwehi Guerrero, join the Maui Pops for a program of holiday favorites titled "Peace On Earth." Tickets are available online at $15, $30, $40 and $50. You can also call the Center at 808- 242-SHOW (7469).
December 14 - Willie Kalikimaka - Willie K returns for his annual Christmas concert, held in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts & Cultural Center at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at $12, $28, $35 and $45. This show will sell out, so be sure to get your tickets now online or call the Center at 808- 242-SHOW (7469).
Shops at Wailea
One of the the most popular weekly events on Maui, is the "Wailea on Wednesdays" free concert series that takes place under the stars every Wednesday in the Lower Courtyard of the Shops at Wailea, located in South Maui's Wailea resort community. From 6:30-8:00 p.m., shoppers get to enjoy some of Maui's top entertainers.
In addition, the Shops at Wailea offers a number of additional "Holiday Aloha Concerts" in the Lower Courtyard on the days immediately prior to Christmas. A special Christmas Day concert will take place from noon until 1:00 p.m. on the 25th.
West Maui's premier shopping destination, Whalers Village, is centrally located in the Kaanapali Beach Resort, just a few minutes north of historic Lahaina Town and a short drive south of the resort areas of Honokowai, Kahana, Napili and Kapalua.
In addition to the great shopping, Whalers Village will be offering free nightly entertainment on their center stage, located on the lower level near the food court. Included will be hula shows on Monday and Wednesday evenings, holiday jazz featuring Benoit JazzWorks on Thursday evenings and a special Mele Kalikimaka Show on Saturday evenings featuring Tahitian dance with a holiday flare.
On December 7, 10, 12-14, and 17-22, strolling carolers will be making their way around the Village every evening from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Village guests can get a free photo with Santa in an outrigger canoe on December 6,7, 13 and 14 from 3-6:00 p.m. beachside near the Hula Grill and Leilani's.
Queen Ka'ahumanu Center
Maui's largest shopping destination with over 100 shops and restaurants, the Queen Ka'ahumanu Center will be fully decked out for the holidays and offering a large number of special events which will kick off on Saturday November 16, 2013 when Santa will arrive at 11:00 a.m. accompanied by his dancing elves (from the Maui Academy of Performing Arts.) We'll be adding information on additional events and concerts as they are announced.
See our related features on 2013 Christmas and Holiday Events on the Neighbor Islands
- Christmas Events on Hawaii Island, the Big Island, 2013
- Christmas Events on Kauai 2013
- Christmas Events on Oahu 2013