Many people love to come to Maui for the Christmas season and escape the cold weather. Maui is a great place to be for Christmas; there are so many fun and relaxing things to do. Romantic events for couples, great activities for the family, uniquely Hawaiian experiences that you won’t get anywhere else, and delicious food, what more could you ask for?
Great Events for Kids
Fairmont Kea Lani Gingerbread Hale Contest
Create your own Gingerbread Hale (house) with gingerbread and seasonal candies. Your hale will be judged on creativity, craftsmanship, and fan favorite and winners will be announced at the Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 2, 5:30-6:30pm.
Lahaina Banyan Tree Lighting
The 19th annual Banyan Tree Lighting will occur on Saturday, December 3rd, 9am- 7pm. The Banyan Tree will be lit at 6:30pm. Events will continue Sunday, December 4th, from 9am-5pm. There will be a holiday arts and crafts fair along with a variety of local musicians. Keiki activities begin at 2pm and include a visit from Santa, cookie decorating, face painting, and Christmas crafts.
Holiday Tree Lighting at Maui Wine
This winery is located in Upcountry Maui and has beautiful grounds. Event includes food, beverages, keiki activities, a visit from Santa Claus, and an outdoor movie. Bring blankets or chairs to enjoy this event with the family! There is also wine tasting available from 4-6pm.
Santa Visits Hula Grill in Ka’anapali
Santa and his reindeer will paddle in by outrigger canoe to sit with keiki on Hula Grill’s Barefoot Bar stage. Mrs. Claus will give out goodies and Santa’s elves will help with cookie decorating.
Shows & Music Events
Yule Be Home For Christmas at the MACC
Maui Choral Arts Association presents this holiday concert including holiday classics and sing-alongs. This event will be held in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center at 3:00pm. Tickets are $30 for adults and $15 for students and keiki.
Holiday Pops with Nicole Parker at the MACC
The Maui Pops Orchestra will present holiday classics with guest vocalist, Nicole Parker. This event will be held in the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center at 3:00pm. Tickets range from $20-$55 and are half price for students and under 18.
MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets
Maui Academy of Preforming Arts presents Nutcracker Sweets, a holiday classic. The event will be held at the Castle Theater at the Maui Arts and Cultural Center at 7:00pm on the 10th and 3:00pm on the 11th. Tickets range in price from $30-$18 and keiki 12 and under are $18.
Christmas Eve and Christmas Day Restaurant Specials
Christmas Dinner Cruise Lahaina
The Pacific Whale Foundation offers a Christmas Dinner Cruise at 5:00pm. Food is provided by Three’s Bar & Grill. Enjoy views of the Maui coastline and neighbor islands and watch for whales on this two hour cruise. The online price for adults is $88.15 and keiki are $61.15. This price includes 3 complimentary cocktails for adults 21+.
The Grand Wailea’s Bistro Molokini offers a Prix Fixe menu December 24th and 25th for $55 including a choice of soup or salad, an entre and a dessert. They also offer a holiday brunch from 11:30am-2:30pm in their Grand Dining Room which is $90 for adults and $35 for children.
Fairmont Kea Lani
In Fairmont’s Kō Restaurant they offer a special wine dinner menu on the 24th and 25th including a first course, main course, and dessert for $75 and an additional $35 for wine pairings. They have a Christmas dinner buffet at 5:00pm on the 25th which is $125 for adults. $70 for 6-12 year olds and $35 for keiki 2-5.
The Sheraton Maui, located in Lahaina, offers a Christmas Dinner Buffet from 4:00pm-9:00pm in the Black Rock Kitchen. $65 for adults and $23 for children 6-12.
Merriman’s has a beautiful oceanfront view overlooking Kapalua Bay. They offer a Christmas Eve and a Christmas Day Prix Fixe menu for $85 ($32 for children 12 years & under).
Want to try something uniquely Hawaiian? You could attend a luau for your Christmas Eve or Christmas Day dinner. One option is Old Lahaina Luau. Luaus include a wide variety of food from Kalua pig, fish, steak, chicken, sweet potato, a salad bar, and desserts along with great entertainment.
Another fun option for the holiday season is a helicopter tour with Air Maui. Our tours will allow you to experience Maui in a way unlike any other. These tours are a great way to start off your visit to Maui, giving you a unique perspective of the island. Here’s what some of our guests have to say about their time with us:
“If you go to Maui and you don't take this tour you are missing out on a great experience. My wife and I went to Maui for the holidays and to escape Los Angeles. We booked our Air Maui trip as our 1st "to do" and our pilot was Troy. Great guy, very easy going and full of knowledge. Simply put… the flight with Troy was amazing! We saw parts of the island we would have never seen by car, bike or hike. This is a must do.” - Rick H
“We were lucky enough to take in a 'Whole Island' tour whilst on holiday in Maui. What a wonderful experience!! Dylan, our pilot, was not only knowledgeable and friendly, but really funny too! We saw Maui as it should be seen- from the air!! Beautiful and awe-inspiring!” - Ben D
“When I opened my stocking on Christmas morning it contained a small toy helicopter from my wife. I was excited to find out that it represented a circle island helicopter tour of Maui. We booked the tour and it was amazing. The staff and pilot were professional knowledgeable and made sure that we saw the entire island from this very special perspective.” - ggcraven
“I was absolutely thrilled with this tour. No problems, we arrived and were whisked off to the heli pad and away we went. We were very safe and secure in this helicopter. And awed by the sights and the information available from the pilot. We went at Christmas time with family and this was the highlight of my Maui tour, the pictures are the best.” - Deb638
A helicopter tour is also a great gift for the holidays. Perfect for the adventurous, the nature loving, or the person who has everything! Book online through our tours page or call us at (808) 877-7005 if you have any questions!