Maui Christmas 2021 – Special Holiday Events & Things to Do

Are you ready for a Maui Christmas? We’ve got some great suggestions for holiday fun on Maui!

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Planning to spend this Christmas holiday on Maui? You’ll find the island decked out in lights, ornaments and Christmas cheer. Maui really knows how to celebrate the holidays with warm Aloha.

As you’re making your Christmas vacation plans, we want to give you some fun and meaningful ideas to celebrate the holiday season with Maui-style. Here are our suggestions for the top things to do for Maui Christmas on Saturday, December 25, 2021:

1.  See Lahaina’s famous banyan tree wrapped in Christmas lights –The sprawling banyan tree is wrapped in thousands of Christmas lights. Where else but in Maui will you find such a sight as this one? The banyan tree is located at Banyan Tree Court, just off Front Street in Lahaina town. These Christmas lights are scheduled to be on from 5:45pm to midnight through the month of December. For parking near the banyan tree, we recommend the free parking lot off of Prison Street. 

2.  Shopping
Christmastime is a special time to shop in Maui. Consider buying locally made crafts and artwork for gifts. Where are fun places to shop on Maui? Lahaina’s Front Street and side streets have lots of shops. We also like Whalers Village in Kaanapali and the Shops at Wailea in Wailea. Lahaina Cannery Mall will be decked out for a festival of trees which were decorated by local community groups, schools and churches. For other unique Maui shopping experiences, check out the shops in Paia or if you want to experience a cooler climate, go upcountry to the paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) town of Makawao where you can browse through unique shops — such as  Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center which is decorated for the Hui Holidays. If you’re looking for the big box stores, you can find them in Kahului.

3.  Attend a Christmas Church Service
Attending a Christmas service is a wonderful way to celebrate the good news of hope for this season. It’s even more special when you do so in Hawaii.

Some Hawaii churches are somewhat back to normal, while others are practicing extra caution. Be aware that a few churches have lowered capacity and recommend and/or require reservations.

Here are some services that have caught our eye for 2021. We’ll list these churches that are near the resort areas. To help you find a service near your accommodations, we’ll list the churches in geographical order.

West Maui – Kapalua, Lahaina areas

  • Maria Lanakila Catholic Church in Lahaina and Sacred Hearts Mission Church in Kapalua are holding mass on both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. See this link for the schedule.
  • Harvest at Kumulani Chapel in Kapalua holds Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 4pm and again at 6pm. This church is an open-air, mostly outside church church. (Added 12/14) 
  • Lahaina United Methodist Church is holding an outdoor Christmas Eve service at 4:30pm. See this link for more information. (Added 12/14)

South Maui – Kihei, Wailea

  • Hope Chapel in Kihei welcomes visitors for Christmas Candlelight services in their outdoor courtyard. These special Christmas services will be held on December 23 at 7pm and December 24 at 5pm and 7pm. Check their webpage for dates and times.
  • St. Theresa Roman Catholic Church in Kihei offers several Christmas Eve and Christmas Day mass times. See this link for more information. (Added 12/14)
  • Trinity Episcopal Church by the Sea will hold Christmas Eve Holy Eucharist with music on Christmas Eve at 7pm. Christmas Day Holy Eucharist will be held at 9am. See the schedule here. These services will be held in the outdoor sanctuary at 100 Kulanihakoi Street in Kihei. Masks are required. (Added 12/16)

When you arrive on Maui, pick up a copy of the Maui News as Christmas Eve approaches. They’ll have more information about church services across Maui. Additionally, ask your concierge if they know of services that will be near to where you’re staying.

4.  See Santa Claus as he visits Maui
Santa normally makes a few quick visits to Maui before heading back to the North Pole to load up his sleigh.

  • On Fridays through December 18, Santa will be available for free photos at The Shops of Wailea. (Santa will be socially distanced behind a storefront window. See an example, here.) See this link for more information.
  • On December 18, Santa will arrive on Kaanapali Beach by catamaran for a mini-vacation. He’ll roam around Whaler’s Village handing out goodie bags and posing for selfies with shoppers. See this link for more information.
  • From December 18 through 21, you can take a catamaran sail with Santa on Ali’i Nui. Learn more here.
  • On Christmas Eve, Santa arrives by outrigger canoe at Wailea Beach in front of the Grand Wailea. See this link for more information.
  • On Christmas Eve, Santa arrives on outrigger canoe at Polo Beach in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani. See this link for more information.
  • See the Halona Kai Holiday Village, (details are listed in item number 6 below) where Santa makes an appearance.
  • Other visits TBD

5.  Savor a Christmas feast
Many resorts across Maui will offer scrumptious multi-course dinners and/or buffets with menus specially designed for the holidays. Most hotel-based restaurants will be open.  Check directly with your hotel for details.

One quick source to search for restaurant availability online is via OpenTable. (Make sure you customize the search criteria.) I recommend you make reservations as soon as possible.

6. Enjoy special holiday activities at Halona Kai Holiday Village
From December 23 through 27, you can find fun Christmas activities like games, nightly Christmas tree lighting, music, movies, popcorn, cocoa, cookies and more. Even Santa will make an appearance. The cost is $45 per person plus tax. Children ages 2 years and under are free. Halona Kai Holiday Village is located at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort in Kaanapali. See this link for more information and to book tickets.

7. Kiss your sweetheart under the Mistletoe at Montage
Montage Kapalua Bay invites guests and locals to step under the mistletoe and snap a special photo. Mistletoe at Montage will be located at the resort’s entrance. If you share your photo publicly on social media with the hashtages #MontageMistletoe and #MontageMemory, your photo might be featured on the resort’s Instagram account. See more information about Mistletoe at Montage as well as other special holiday options at this link.

8. Explore the Hawaiian island-style Christmas decorations
Christmas decorations in Hawaii are really special. You may find tropical flowers adorning Christmas trees, tropical fish ornaments and other unique island-style decorations. The hotels really do a fantastic job decorating for Christmas. For a nice stroll, take a long walk along the oceanfront paths in either Kaanapali or Wailea. Along the way, pop into the hotel to check out their lobbies.

2021 Maui COVID-19 Update

If you will be visiting Maui this Christmas, there are several COVID-19 rules and restrictions that you need to know. First, before you travel to Hawaii, make sure you are fully aware of and follow Hawaii’s travel rules so that you can bypass the 10-day quarantine. Another statewide rule is an indoor mask mandate. Everyone must wear a mask indoors in public — even Santa!

Next, visitors need to be aware of the specific rules that Maui has for access to restaurants, bars, gyms, museums, concerts, etc. On Maui, fully vaccinated customers are allowed indoors at restaurants, bars, gyms, museums. Non-vaccinated customers must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within the previous 48 hours to dine indoors. Non-vaccinated customers may dine outside without proof of testing. These rules apply to persons age 12 years and up. See this link to Maui Nui Strong and this link to Maui county government for more details.

Please note that these rules are subject to change.

We recommend you speak to your hotel’s concierge for more options that will be held onsite or nearby your accommodation.  Also, pick up a copy of the Maui News when you are on island for additional restaurants and holiday activity suggestions.

This page was released on December 6, 2021. If we add events after that release, we will identify additions with a note of the date it was added in gray text.

We hope you’ll have a wonderful Christmastime on Maui. While you’re there, make sure you know how to wish someone a Merry Christmas in the Hawaiian language.

If you’ll be staying on Maui through New Year’s Eve, check out our guide for possible Maui New Year’s celebrations.

  1. Bringing mom and dad to Maui for the first time and staying at Papakea.
    Where’s the best or closest place to take my four-year-old nephew to see Santa?
    What are some activities we should consider for my parents who are in their late 60s?
    What restaurants are close by for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day meals?
    Thank you!!!

  2. This year we have so many wide-eyed keiki added to our family over the past 3 years and they are the perfect age to take a drive by a street of holiday lights… but whea? We’re in Wailuku.

    1. Maybe see the lights on the big banyan tree in Lahaina. From what we’ve seen, the Grand Wailea has a lot of lights at the entrance that you could drive past. Hope that helps a little.

  3. Bringing my family to Maui fir Christmas….3 teens, dad, mom me(Grama). Where is a great place for Christmas Day meal? I would like to make reservations. Also, Christmas Eve church service? Other Christmas activities you might suggest. Thank you

    1. We won’t have this post updated until December. In the meantime, review what’s listed for an idea of what will likely happen again this coming Christmas.

  4. Don’t forget
    Keawalai’i congregational church candlelight service. One not to be missed. In the old church by the ocean in Makenna

  5. I’m looking for a nice show and/or dinner on December 24th. Is it more quiet that day on Maui or are there things going on? If so, which events can you recommend? Mahalo

    1. Some luaus operate on Christmas Eve. Here’s a list of luaus on Maui: Please consider that luaus often change dates, times, pricing, etc and we’ve not updated that list is a while. The links should all still be active for further investigation, checking availability, pricing, etc.

      Also, if you are staying in a hotel, check to see what they might be offering. Ask your concierge for their advice.

  6. Don’t forget holiday shopping at Ma’alaea! There you’ll find local retail stores as well as Pacific Whale Foundation’s retail store. Pacific Whale Foundation’s store has all kind of gift giving options, from apparel, to household to specialty foods. Many of the items are eco-friendly and/or made on Maui or in the Islands. Biggest benefit of shopping there is that all of the profits go back into research and education for protecting our marine animals and environment! Shopping to make a difference!

  7. We are planning to be on Maui for Christmas 2020. We are seniors, our daughter and son-in-law, and three teenagers. Our daughter worked at the grand Wailea during their opening years

  8. Coming to Maui to Celebrate Christmas 2020.
    Where can we have a nice Christmas lunch or dinner to celebrate the holiday ? How soon can we make the reservation ? Any concerts , parades or nay events scheduled ? We
    are close to Lahaina , Napili and Kaanapali.
    What activities are available ?

    1. Due to COVID-19, most hotels and many restaurants are closed right now. So, it’s far too soon to even guess what’s going to happen in Maui for Christmas 2020. Additionally, the islands are not even open for tourism without first quarantining for 14 days at the moment.

      Venues don’t typically announce what they’re going to offer until November or December. Subscribe to our free newsfeed to be in the know when we release the new holiday events.

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