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Honolulu City Lights
Opening Night Celebration - December 6, 2014
Honolulu City Lights opens on the first Saturday of December with the lighting of Honolulu's 50-foot tree. The opening night celebration at Honolulu Hale kicks off a month-long holiday display of trees, wreaths, oversize sculptures including the famous Shaka Santa lounging with Tutu Mele at the City Hall fountain.
In addition to the tree lighting ceremony, the evening is highlighted with the Public Workers Electric Light Parade and a star-studded holiday concert on the grounds of the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center grounds. The family-friendly event also includes food booths and a chance to visit with Santa Claus.
The 50-plus unit Public Workers Electric Light Parade showcases fire, police and emergency vehicles, refuse, huge maintenance trucks, buses and other city vehicles adorned with thousands of lights and festive decorations. The parade also features corporate sponsor floats and vehicles, and the holiday sounds of marching bands.
The opening tree lighting ceremony, parade and concert will be broadcast live from 6 to 10 p.m. on Oceanic Cablevision Olelo with repeats during the month, and a Parade Special on KITV4. Schedule to be announced.
Honolulu City Lights displays - December 6 - 31, 2014
During the month, historic Honolulu Hale, the City tree, and civic center grounds are ablaze with colored lights and decorations for the holidays. Sculptural pieces and new tree decorations are featured each year. The tree is lighted nightly at approximately 6 p.m. and lights remain on until dawn. The exhibits at Honolulu are open from 7:45 a.m to 11 p.m. in December.
Event parking is at the Fasi Municipal Building Parking at the corner of Beretania and Alapa`i Streets. This lot fills quickly on opening night.
If you wish to see only the parade on opening night, there are parking lots and restaurants in the Chinatown area. However, you will need to park before the street closures take place for the parade and traffic becomes heavy. After the parade, you may have to wait for the streets to reopen to exit certain lots.
Honolulu City Lights is presented for everyone to enjoy by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights. For official Honolulu City Lights ornaments visit the Friends of Honolulu City Lights website here.