Waikiki Christmas Events & Dining 2019

This page currently displays events from Christmas 2019. It will be updated for Christmas 2020 in November and December. Subscribe to our free updates to be notified when this page is fully updated.

In the meantime, take a look at the listings from this past Christmas. Many venues will be offering something similar for the upcoming Christmas. 

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If your idea of a winter wonderland includes sun, sand and gently swaying palm trees, then Waikiki Beach is the place for you!  It’s a wonderful place to experience the Christmas season with Aloha.

To help you make your holiday plans, we’ve compiled our annual Waikiki Christmas list. Here you’ll find great holiday dining and event information in the following main categories:

  • Christmas Eve brunch and dinner dining in Waikiki
  • Christmas Day brunch and dinner dining in Waikiki
  • Great holiday-related things to do and see during your visit to Oahu
  • Christmas Eve church services

Christmas Eve Dining on Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Eve Brunch Buffets

* Orchids at the Halekulani presents an extensive Christmas Eve brunch buffet. See the menu here. Pricing is $115 per adult and $49 per child. This restaurant is ocean front.

Christmas Eve Dinner Buffets & Luau

* 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at the Prince Waikiki offers a Christmas Eve dinner buffet $70 per adult and $35 per child. See this link for the menu. This restaurant has an ocean/harbor view.

* The Buffet at Hyatt at Hyatt Regency Waikiki hosts Christmas Eve buffet for $89 per adult and $33 per child. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.

* Orchids at the Halekulani presents an extensive Christmas Eve dinner buffet. See the menu here. Pricing is $115 per adult and $49 per child. This restaurant is ocean front.

* Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village is open for a Christmas Eve luau. This luau will be held on the Great Lawn rather than their normal rooftop location. This link shows the special Christmas buffet menu. Pricing is $175 for adults and $140 per child. Book online or call 808-941-5828 for more information and reservations.

Christmas Eve Set Dinner Menus

* Chart House offers a three-course holiday dinner for $69 per person. Their standard menu will also be available. See the holiday menu here. This restaurant has waterfront, harbor views.

Stripsteak at International Market Place: a special three-course Christmas Eve dinner for $95 per person. See the special Christmas Eve menu here.

* Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel, located on the “Diamond Head side” of Waikiki Beach is offering a couple of different Christmas dinner special menus: four courses for $79 or five courses for $99. See the menu options here. This restaurant is oceanfront.

* Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village offers a special Christmas a la carte menu along with their regular menu. This restaurant has ocean views.

Azure at The Royal Hawaiian: Four course dinner for $150 per person. You can review their menu here. This restaurant has ocean front views. 

Christmas Day Brunch/Lunch/Dinner on Wednesday, December 25, 2019

Christmas Brunch/Lunch

* MAC 24/7 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach: Christmas Brunch Buffet: $56 per adult and $28 per child. See the menu here.

100 Sails Restaurant at Prince Waikiki: Christmas Brunch Buffet: $70 per adult and $35 per child. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean/harbor views.

* Lychee at Alohilani Resort presents a Christmas brunch buffet: $80 per adult and $38 per child. See the menu here. 

* The Veranda at the Beachhouse at the Moana Surfrider: Christmas brunch buffet: $95 per adult and $45 per child. View the menu here. This restaurant has ocean front views.

* Orchids at the Halekulani presents an extensive Christmas Day brunch buffet. See the menu here. Pricing is $115 per adult and $49 per child. This restaurant is ocean front.

* Monarch Room Farm to Table Christmas Day Brunch Buffet at the Royal Hawaiian: $100 per adult and $45 for children. View the menu here

Christmas Dinner Buffets & Luau

* MAC 24/7 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach presents a Christmas dinner buffet for $58 per adult and $29 per child. See the menu here.

* 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at the Prince Waikiki offers a Christmas dinner buffet $70 per adult and $35 per child. See this link for the menu. This restaurant has an ocean/harbor view.

* Kai Market at the Sheraton Waikiki presents a Christmas dinner buffet for $80 per adult and $40 per child. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.

* The Buffet at Hyatt at Hyatt Regency Waikiki hosts Christmas dinner buffet for $89 per adult and $33 per child. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.

* Orchids at the Halekulani presents an extensive Christmas dinner buffet. See the menu here. Pricing is $115 per adult and $49 per child. This restaurant is ocean front.

* Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village presents a special Christmas luau, which will be held on the Great Lawn instead of their usual rooftop venue. In addition to some of their regular menu items, they’re featuring a carving station with prime rib and pumpkin pie is one of the dessert options. Book online or call 808-941-5828 for more information and reservations. 

Christmas Set Dinner Menus

* Basalt Waikiki at the Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach Hotel presents a four-course Christmas dinner for $65 per person. See the menu here. Added 12/20

* Herringbone at the International Market Place offers a three-course dinner for $65 per person. See the menu here.

* Chart House offers a three-course holiday dinner for $69 per person. Their regular menu will also be available. See the special holiday menu here. This restaurant has waterfront, harbor views.

* Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel, located on the “Diamond Head side” of Waikiki Beach is offering a couple of different Christmas dinner special menus: four course for $79 or five courses for $99. See the menu options here. This restaurant is oceanfront.

* House Without A Key at the Halekulani offers a four-course dinner for $80 for adults and $35 per child. See the menu here. This restaurant is ocean front.

* Stripsteak at the International Market Place offers a special three-course Christmas dinner for $95 per person. See the menu here.

* Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village offers a special Christmas a la carte menu along with their regular menu. This restaurant has ocean views.

Azure at The Royal Hawaiian: four-course dinner for $150 per person. You can review their menu here. This restaurant has ocean front views. 

* La Mer at the Halekulani: six-course dinner for $280 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant is ocean front.

Other Waikiki restaurants that will be open for dinner on Christmas

The following notable Waikiki restaurants are open for Christmas, but have not announced special menus at the time of publishing. Standard menus might be offered in addition to a special Christmas menu. These restaurants may eventually publish special menus, so you may way to check their sites, social media and/or contact them directly for more information.

 

Christmas Dinner Cruises in Honolulu

* Atlantis Cruises offers a Christmas Dinner Cruise. Pricing is $122 for adults and $66 for children. Roundtrip transportation from Waikiki is included. See this link for more information.

Shaka Santa and Mele Tutu by the Christmas tree in front of Honolulu Hale presented as part of Honolulu City Lights

Shaka Santa and Mele Tutu by the Christmas tree in front of Honolulu Hale presented as part of Honolulu City Lights

What to see and do in December for the Christmas holiday in Waikiki, Honolulu & Oahu

* The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki has huge Christmas displays in the Royal Grove. They will host Santa Marty visits and special holiday music on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm in December through December 23rd. Also, Santa Marty makes one last appearance on Christmas Eve, from 8pm – 10pm only.  See this link for more information.

* At International Market Place meet the Strolling Santa dressed for the beach in aloha attire. Bring your camera to take a selfie with him. Strolling Santa visits the International Market Place in December before Christmas on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 3pm to 10pm and on Christmas Eve from 3pm to 6pm.

* Enjoy Holiday Mele of live holiday entertainment at the Waikiki Beach Walk plaza from 6pm to 7pm each night from December 19 – 25.

* December 21 is the time for Christmas with the Animals at Honolulu Zoo. The animals will be receiving enrichment gifts such as food, treats and toys. There will also be live music,, craft activities and a special appearance by Santa Claus. Admission to the zoo is required, but Christmas with the Animals is included with paid admission. The schedule is as follows:

  • 9am – Honolulu Zoo Gates Open
  • 9:30am to 2pm –  Animal enrichment presentations
  • 10:30am to 12:30pm – Santa Claus Meet & Greet, Crafts, Live Entertainment and Keiki Activities

* See the holiday sand sculptures at the porte cochere and lobby of the Sheraton Waikiki.

* See the Gingerbread Iolani Palace on display at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort.

* Take a stroll through the many Waikiki hotel lobbies to see their Christmas decorations. See examples of Christmas decorations from Waikiki.

* See the Honolulu City Lights and displays in downtown Honolulu in and around the grounds of the Honolulu Hale at 530 S King Street. This annual display is free and open to the public from December 7 through Christmas. It’s nice to see in the day, but we enjoy seeing the lights at night. Check their site for special events like family movie night and milk and cookie night. Since downtown Honolulu isn’t walkable from Waikiki, a great way to get to downtown Honolulu is to take the open-air Waikiki Trolley. Alternatively, you can use public transportation on Oahu’s TheBus or drive your own rental car, if you have one.

* Ala Moana Center (shopping mall) offers free holiday entertainment. See this link for more information.

* Football fans can catch the Hawaii Bowl on December 24th at 3pm HST.

* College basketball fans can catch the hoops action of the Diamond Head Classic on December 22, 23 and 25.

* On the North Shore of Oahu, you can take a ride with Santa’s Hawaiian “reindeer.” The cost is $90 seaside horseback ride. This special ride will only be available between December 21 to 24. See this link for more details.

* The Hukilau Marketplace at the  Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie (up near the North Shore) presents Sleigh All the Way: Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace running December 13, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 23. Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace promises ample opportunities for selfies with Santa Claus, brightly lit trees, nightly live Christmas entertainment, train rides for the kids, nightly live nativity performances and a “snow day”! The snow day will be December 23 and this year includes something extra: hills for sledding and snow tubing. Admission is free. In the spirit of giving, there will be a Light the World Giving Machine in front of the Pacific Theater where families can choose to donate to local or national charities. The festivities run from 6:30pm – 8:30pm, with the snow day activities running from 4pm – 8:30pm on the 23rd.  For more information, call 808-293-3142.

* Winter Wishes – A Holiday Festival opens Friday, November 29 and runs through December 24th at the Hawaii Convention Center in Honolulu. This event includes an ice-skating rink, photos with Santa, gingerbread house display, entertainment and more. General admission pricing varies from $15 to $20 per adult and $10 to $15 per child depending on if you’re there on a weekday or weekend. Learn more here.

Waikiki Christmas Eve Church Services

* Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Mass services will be held in Waikiki at St. Augustine by-the-sea Catholic church. Their schedule of services is listed on their website.

* Fort DeRussy Chapel across from Hale Koa Hotel will conduct Christmas Eve service at 17:00 (5pm.)

* Waikiki Baptist Church will hold Christmas Eve service at 6pm.

* Prince of Peace Lutheran Church in Waikiki offers a communion and candlelight service at 6:30pm. Prior to that, a choir will be caroling at nearby Eaton Square at 5:30pm. Added 12/20

* For more Christmas Eve services, check with the concierge at your hotel and/or pick up a copy of the Star-Advertiser, which usually has Christmas Eve service information, when you’re on the island.

Notes

  • We recommend you make reservations as soon as possible to secure the place and time you like.
  • Should you have further questions, contact the venues directly. From each link that we’ve provided in this article, you should be able to navigate to the venue’s telephone number.
  • Unless otherwise stated, you can assume that taxes and gratuities are not included in the listed prices. When you make your reservations, please confirm these details.
  • As we’ve created the dining lists, we’ve aimed to find restaurants with great views, special holiday menus or a unique setting. Bear in mind that Christmas is a very busy time in Waikiki. Though a restaurant may have ocean views, not every table will have a direct ocean view. For the best possible view, try to make your reservation for as close to the time that the restaurant opens. Waikiki sunset around the week of Christmas is between 5:55pm and 6:00pm.
  • As much as possible, we’ve tried to list the dining options by pricing/value.
  • Most Waikiki Beach hotel-based restaurants will be open on Christmas. Check directly with the concierge of your accommodations for their special Christmas meals and events.
  • For last minute dinner reservations, check availability with OpenTable. It’s not a comprehensive list of Oahu restaurants, but it can help if you’re trying to find reservations at the last minute.
  • Once you arrive on Oahu, pick up a copy of the Star Advertiser, the local newspaper, which may provide additional dining options and events.
  • All times, pricing and information are accurately reported at the time of publishing and are subject to change.
  • We anticipate that we’ll be adding more events and dining options, so do check back. Additions will be indicated by the date they were added in a light gray font.
  • If you’ll be on Oahu through New Year’s Eve, check out our Waikiki, Honolulu, Oahu New Year’s Eve Guide.
  • Learn how to say Mele Kalikimaka, Hawaii’s way to say Merry Christmas.
25 comments
  1. We have reservations at Orchids on Xmas Eve for the Dinner Buffet….same price and menu as Xmas day dinner buffet . I noticed you did not include so I thought I would share.

    1. I’m glad to hear they’ll be open for Christmas this year as Orchids is one of our favorite places to dine in Waikiki. Mahalo.

      At the moment, the list is a mix of 2015 and 2016 event/dinners. We normally receive the press releases from the Halekulani about what their restaurants are offering for Christmas. If I remember correctly, Orchids was either closed last year for Christmas Eve or was fully booked, so that’s why Orchids is currently not showing on the list. The list won’t be complete until December.

  2. Hi Sheila

    Can you recommend the most atmospheric restaurant with Hawaiian dancers for Christmas Eve please? And can you please keep me posted on all events leading up to Christmas day please?

    Regards.

    Lela

    1. We don’t keep track of who would have dancers at dinner. I’m guessing House Without A Key at the Halekulani will have live Hawaiian music and a hula dancer as they do other days throughout the year. Their oceanfront setting is wonderful, too.

      We can’t send out individual updates, however, you can easily keep track of them by bookmarking this page and checking back.

      Enjoy your Waikiki Christmas!

  3. Hi Sheila,

    Thanks for your information.

    Do you know of any reputable Catering companies that can deliver Christmas lunch/dinner [Turkey/Ham/Salads etc.] for a family dining event?

    1. No, we don’t know of any for Christmas. You might call some of the restaurants we’ve listed that have those items on their menu or check with local grocery stores like Foodland or Safeway. I doubt they’d deliver, though.

      1. Not catering, but Zippy’s on Oahu is offering traditional Christmas plates that you could pick up and bring to your family.

    1. I don’t tend to think of the Royal Hawaiian Center as a mall per se. It’s more of an outdoor shopping center with a beautiful courtyard.

      Also look at the Santa meeting/greeting/photo opportunities at the Honolulu City Lights and the Battleship Missouri Memorial which are both listed in the article.

    1. Santa visited by canoe last weekend and was hosted by the Outrigger.

      We understand that Santa is going to visit Waikiki Beach again. He’s due to arrive at the Halekulani by canoe at 4:30pm on Christmas Eve.

      1. Awesome! Thanks so much for the info. If you find out he’s arriving by canoe anywhere else, please let us know. What fun!

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