Waikiki Christmas Events & Dining 2017

This page is now fully updated for Christmas 2017!
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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 dining in Waikiki
  • Christmas lunch, 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 Sunday, December 24, 2017

Christmas Eve Buffets & Luau

* Pikake Terrace at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Christmas Eve dinner buffet $63 per adult and $31.50 per child. See this link for more information.

* 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at the Prince Waikiki offers a Christmas Eve dinner buffet $69 per adult and $34.50 per child. See this link for more information. This restaurant has an ocean/harbor view.

* Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village presents a special Christmas Eve luau. Pricing is $175 for adults and $145 for children. Call 808-941-5828 for more information and reservations.  (Added 12/9) 

Christmas Eve Set Dinner Menus

* Chart House offers a three-course holiday dinner for $65 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has waterfront, harbor views.

* Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach offers a four-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. This restaurant has some ocean views. See this link for more information.

* Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel, located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki Beach is offering a Christmas special menu: six courses for $99. See the menu here. This restaurant is oceanfront.

* Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village: Four-course dinner for $125  per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has an ocean view. 

Azure at The Royal Hawaiian: Four course dinner for $150 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean front views. 

Christmas Day Brunch/Lunch/Dinner on Monday, December 25, 2017

Christmas Brunch/Lunch

* Pikake Terrace at the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Christmas Day Pikake Terrace Brunch: $45 per adult and $22.50 per child. See this link for more information.

* MAC 24/7 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach: Christmas Brunch Buffet: $54 per adult and $25 per child. See the menu here.

* Christmas Day Holiday Brunch Buffet at Moana Surfrider’s The Beachhouse restaurant: $80 for adults and $40 for children. See the buffet menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.

* Monarch Room Brunch Buffet at the Royal Hawaiian: $98 per adult and $45 for children. View the menu here

Christmas Dinner Buffets & Luau

* Pikake Terrace at Sheraton Princess Kaiulani: Christmas Day dinner buffet $63 for adults and $31.50 for children. See this link for more information.

* 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar at the Prince Waikiki offers a Christmas dinner buffet $69 per adult and $34 per child. See this link for more information. This restaurant has an ocean/harbor view.

Kai Market at the Sheraton Waikiki: Christmas Dinner Buffet $78 for adults and $35 for children. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views.

* Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village presents a special Christmas luau. Pricing is $175 for adults and $145 for children. Call 808-941-5828 for more information and reservations.  (Added 12/9) 

Christmas Set Dinner Menus

* MAC 24/7 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach presents a three-course prix fixe dinner for $42 per person. See the menu here.

* Chart House offers a three-course holiday dinner for $65 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has waterfront, harbor views.

* Japengo at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach offers a four-course prix-fixe menu for $85 per person. This restaurant has some ocean views. See this link for more information.

* BLT at Trump Waikiki a special Christmas menu that can be a la carte or a three-course meal for $85. See the menu here.

* Hau Tree Lanai at the New Otani Kaimana Hotel, located on the Diamond Head side of Waikiki Beach is offering a Christmas special menu: six courses for $99. See the menu here. This restaurant is oceanfront.

* Bali Steak & Seafood at the Hilton Hawaiian Village: Four-course dinner for $125 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has an ocean view. 

Azure at The Royal Hawaiian: Four-course dinner for $150 per person. See the menu here. This restaurant has ocean views. 

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 $129 for adults and $76 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

* See the Christmas sand sculptures at lobby and porte cochere entrance of the Sheraton Waikiki. This year’s theme is the “12 Days of Christmas” with a Hawaiian spin.

* The Royal Hawaiian Center in Waikiki has huge Christmas displays in the Royal Grove. They will host Santa Marty and special holiday music on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6pm – 8pm in December through December 20th. See this link for more information.

* The International Market Place meet the Strolling Santa dressed in aloha attire. Bring your camera to take a selfie with him. Strolling Santa visits the International Market Place on December 22 from 6:00pm to 10:00pm, December 23 from 3:00pm to 10:00pm and on Christmas Even from 3:00pm to 6:00pm.

* From December 20-24, between 7pm and 10pm, shoppers and their families at T Galleria by DFS, Hawaii in Waikiki, will also have the opportunity to meet and greet Santa Claus, including a free family portrait photo session.

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

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

* 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 2 through  31. 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, milk and cookie nights. Since downtown Honolulu isn’t walkable from Waikiki, a great way to get to downtown Honolulu is to take the 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 with Holiday Hula Shows and photos with Santa. See this link for more information. 

* The Hukilau Marketplace at the  Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie presents Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace running Thursdays-Saturdays from December 1-16, and increasing to Mondays-Saturdays from December 18-23. 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 – three, much-anticipated Winter Wonderland Snow Days, set for December 2, 8 and 22. On these very chilly days, the Hukilau Marketplace will create a tropics-style winter wonderland with real snow. Admission to Christmas at the Hukilau Marketplace and its three Winter Wonderland Snow Days is free. The festivities run from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m., with the snow day activities running from 3 – 7 p.m. on selected days. For more information, call 808-293-3333.

* Football fans can catch the Hawaii Bowl on Christmas Eve at 3:30pm.

Waikiki Christmas 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.

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

* Though not in Waikiki, historic Kawaiaha’o Church in Honolulu is worth noting. Their candlelight Christmas Eve service is at 6pm. This church is located near the Honolulu City Lights, so it would be a nice Christmas Eve plan to go to the Christmas Eve service followed by enjoying the Honolulu City Lights.

* 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 at Christmas time 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 Waikiki 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.
  • 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. Will you be updating the Xmas information for 2016

  2. Will there be Christmas decorations still from December 28 to New Year’s Eve?

  3. Ala Moana food court open on Christmas day?

  4. 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.

    • 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.

  5. Are shops in Waikiki open on Christmas Day?

  6. 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

    • 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!

  7. 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?

    • 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.

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

  8. Where is the best place for my kids to see a Hawaiian Santa?

  9. Do you know of locations other than the malls that offer photo opportunities with Santa?

    • 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.

  10. I read on TripAdvisor that SAnta arrives in an outrigger canoe somewhere in Waikiki.
    Do you know anything about that?

    • 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.

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

  11. Mahalo for the great guide! The Royal Hawaiian and all the lights along Waikiki are just so amazing!

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