Bright lights, big city
Image: Ron Slauson

‘Ohana / Honolulu is getting a serious shade of red and green this weekend. Yes, it’s the Honolulu City Lights Parade & Pupu lighting up the night with Christmas colors twinkling all cheery and bright, but we’re also talking about those stop-and-go traffic lights. (Don’t end up a grinch and plan your driving route accordingly.)

Start the holiday season off on the first of the month with this local tradition–a fun-filled day of games and activities for the whole family, Christmas card printing in the historic downtown print shop, storytelling, missionary dress-up, candle dipping, and a merry more.

It all leads up to an electric light parade making its way from Aala Park through King Street at 5 p.m. Mayor Carlisle will kick it off by illuminating the mission houses’ 50-foot Christmas tree. Be the first to Instagram yourself with Honolulu’s signature shakaing Mr. and Mrs. Santa Clause at City Hall across the street. Like neighborly Christmas carolers, live music will serenade you from Kawaiahao Church next door.

This event for the whole family is BYOL (Bring Your Own Lauhala), so chow down on local food vendors or gather around some homemade bentos and picnic on the manicured lawns.

Mission Houses Museum, 553 S. King St., Sat., 12/1, 1–9pm, $5 entry, [email: info], for parking details see [missionhouses.org], 447-3910