Maui is a wonderful place to spend the holiday season and a great escape from the cold weather! Enjoy a holiday Luau, take advantage of a spectacular holiday cruise, enjoy the holiday shopping, or check out one of the fun events going on around Maui! Read more below to find out some highlights of what is going on this year.
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at Maui Brew Co
December 16, 2017
If you are looking for a fun adult event, check out Maui Brew Cos Ugly Christmas Sweater Party at the Kihei Tasting Room. Taste special holiday beers and craft cocktails and wear an ugly Christmas Sweater for a chance at winning a prize. Bring a non-perishable item for their Food Drive. You must be 21 years of age or older to attend.
Front Street in Lahaina
Lahaina just celebrated its 20th annual banyan tree lighting. Visit Front Street at night and enjoy the beautiful lights as well as a wide selection of yummy restaurants and shopping options, including a Christmas store where you can buy customized Christmas decorations.
Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall
Queen Ka’ahumanu Mall has several different holiday events including pictures with Santa from now until Christmas Eve, a holiday gift wrapping class on Dec 20th from 10am-12pm, and holiday music, falling snow, and free Starbucks hot chocolate every Tuesday, Thursday & Saturday from 6:30-8:00pm.
Maui Mall’s Ice Skating in Paradise will be open through December 17th from 3:00-9:00pm. The cost is $5 per person for 25 minutes, which includes rental skates. An ice skating instructor will also be on-hand to provide free lessons.
Santa will be coming to visit the Ka’anapali Beach in front of Hula Grill on Wednesday December 20th at 3:00pm. There will also be ornament decorating for keiki. Santa will also make an appearance at Wailea Beach in front of the Grande Wailea Resort. Meet Santa and take pictures on the Chapel Lawn. These events are free and open to the public.
A Classical Christmas
The Maui Chamber Orchestra Presents “A Classical Christmas” December 16th at 7:30pm and December 17th at 3:00pm at the Historic ‘Iao Theater in Wailuku. Tickets range from $27-$55.
The Holiday Express Sugar Cane Train
From now until December 25th the Holiday Express will be running in Ka’anapali. The train departs from Pu’ukoli’i Station and the ride lasts about 45 minutes. All guests receive milk and cookies and all keiki receive a free toy from Santa. The cost is $30 per guest, $25 Kama’aina. Children under 2 are free to ride in the lap of an adult.
Floral Wreaths: Keiki Holiday Workshop
On Wednesday, December 20th from 4:00-5:00pm drop off the kids for a fun Christmas craft workshop. Kids 3-12 will make their own colorful wreath using tissue paper, pom poms, and paper plates. Located Upcountry at Hui No‘eau Visual Arts Center.
Air Maui will be closed on Christmas Day, but is open for the rest of the holiday season! This time of year is a great time to tour the island by air and experience the beauty of Maui. With lots of rain the waterfalls are amazing this time of year, and, since it is whale season, there is a good chance of spotting a whale from above! Here is what some of our guests have to say about their experiences:
“My family of 4 did this on Christmas Eve. It was all of our first experience on a helicopter. It was really amazing. We did the West Maui/Molokai tour. It was amazing to see the sites on Maui that we recognized from the sky, and Molokai is jaw-dropping beautiful. Mostly untouched natural beauty. The pilot was very safe and also informative. Very laid back. It was an experience to remember, highly recommended.” - drklmdmd
“Doors-off tour of west Maui and Molokai... perfect morning weather, Cameron was a fantastic pilot and guide, stunning views, even saw a whale in the channel. Couldn't have asked for a better start to our vacation. Thanks to everyone at Air Maui!” - Traci A
“The sights were unbelievable and the only way you could see them is by helicopter. You can get really close to the waterfalls! We were fortunate to see many whales as well. We highly recommend this company and tour.” - Strikesystems
Looking for that perfect gift for a friend or loved one? A helicopter tour is a great gift for the person who has everything! Book online through our tours page or call us at (808) 877-7005 if you have any questions!