Enjoy a different kind of white Christmas, one on the white sand beaches of beautiful Kauai! With warm, tropical sunshine, Christmas lights strung around palm trees, and Santa wearing an aloha shirt, Christmas on Kauai brings the tropical island getaway you’ve been dreaming of alongside holiday festivities to keep you in the Christmas spirit. Spend your Christmas in Kauai staking your place in the sand amidst the island’s 50 miles of beaches, or attend one of these family-friendly events around the island.
Christmas in Kauai Festival of Lights
Step inside the historic County Building for a dazzling light display and photos with Santa on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays throughout December from 6-8pm. The building grounds are also beautifully lit throughout December to celebrate Kauai Hawaii holidays. This is also where the Lights on Rice parade begins on the first Friday in December. After kicking the parade off with caroling, bring your beach chair and claim a spot along Rice Street to watch the island’s largest parade, packed with floats decorated in a variety of holiday themes.
Waimea Christmas Light Parade
Beginning at Waimea Canyon Middle School and ending at Hofgaard Park in the west coast town of Waimea, the Waimea Christmas Light Parade is a cherished small-town event held to celebrate Christmas in Kauai. The parade moves along the town’s main thoroughfare amid festively lit historic buildings. Following the parade, enjoy live music and food in Hofgaard Park. Be sure to get to the parade early, as the Waimea Bridge closes approximately an hour beforehand.
Holiday Craft Fairs
From jewelry handmade from Kauai shells, unique island-inspired art pieces, and a host of other items made by Kauai crafters, the craft fairs that pop up around Christmastime are well worth a visit. Pick up some Christmas gifts and something for yourself to enjoy a little piece of the island at home. Check a local events calendar for dates and times during your stay.
We have vacation rentals at nearly 30 properties on Kauai’s north, east, and south shores for your Christmas getaway. Whether you’ve been dreaming of the lush north shore’s hidden beaches, the dramatic waterfalls along the east coast, the best south shore surf spot, or the vast mountains and canyons of the west, we have a variety of rental options to suit your preferences. Many of our vacation rentals offer amenities such as refreshing swimming pools, full kitchens, and island-inspired décor. Contact us today to learn more about Kauai Hawaii holidays and the many exciting activities in the area!