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When is the opening night celebration held?

The opening night celebration is scheduled for the 1st Saturday in December.

 

How long will the Honolulu City Lights be on display?

The decorations are on display throughout the month of December.  Honolulu Hale is open from 7:45 a.m. to 11 p.m.  The decorations are planned for removal during the first week of January.

 

What is the route and start time for the Electric Light Parade?

The Public Workers Electric Light Parade is held as part of the Honolulu City Lights Opening Night Celebration on the first Saturday in December.

 

  • The parade route is on King Street from River Street to Kawaiaha`o Street.
  • Step off is approximately 6 p.m. and the first unit will arrive at Honolulu Hale at about 6:30 p.m.
  • For the map of the parade route click here.

 

What streets will be closed for the Public Workers Electric Light Parade?

Streets near the parade route in the Chinatown and Downtown area will be closed for practical and safety reasons.

For a detailed street closure plan click here.

  

Where can I see the Electric Light Parade?

  • Smaller crowds are in Chinatown and Downtown area from River Street to Fort Street Mall.  Parking and a variety of restaurants are located in this area.
  • A large crowd gathers in front of Honolulu Hale to view the tree lighting program and the parade. Crowds also fill the sideswalks on both sides of King Street between Bishop and Punchbowl Streets.
  • WORD OF ADVICE - You may not be able to see the marching bands and vehicles if you are situated past Honolulu Hale between Alapa`i and Kawaiaha`o Streets.  Alapa`i Street is the end of the parade route.  Vehicle units will stop and park in this area on King Street, and the bands will stop performing at the end of the route.

  

When will the lights on City Tree in front of Honolulu Hale be turned on?

  • The opening ceremony begins at 6 pm and the lights are scheduled to be turned on at approximately 6:30 pm. on the first Saturday of December.
  • The tree is lighted nightly at approximately 6 p.m. and lights remain on until dawn.

 

Can I bring food for my family to enjoy at the civic center grounds?

Yes.  There will also be a variety of food available for purchase at food booths located on the Fasi Civic Center grounds on opening night.

   

After the Opening Ceremony and the Electric Light Parade, are any other special events
happening during the  month of December?

Keiki carnival rides and the keiki train will be on the Fasi Civic Center grounds from Dec. 10 - 29, 6 p.m. - 10 pm. The train ride is $4/person and other ride tickets are from $2 - $4/person.

Have your photo taken with Santa in the Gingerbread House located in the Honolulu Hale courtyard on Dec. 14 and 21, from 7 - 9 p.m.  The Clowns of Aloha will give away balloons.

 

What bus do I take from Waikiki to get to Honolulu Hale and to return to Waikiki?

For information on bus schedules and routes, please visit http://www.thebus.org or call 848-5555.

 

Is there an entrance fee?

No.  Honolulu City Lights is presented free as a gift to the community by the Friends of Honolulu City Lights and the City and County of Honolulu.

 

Where do I park?

  • Event parking is at the Fasi Municipal Building Parking lot at the corner of Beretania and Alapa`i Streets.  Enter from Beretania Street. This lot fills quickly on opening night.  Parking is free after 4:30 p.m.
  • If you wish to see the opening night parade in Chinatown, there are parking lots in the area. However, you will need to park before the street closures for the parade take place. Also, you may have to wait for the streets to reopen to exit certain lots.

 

Are the outside lights on all night?

Yes.  The lights remain on until sunlight, switching off at approximately 6 am.

  

What are the hours to see the decorated trees and wreath exhibit inside Honolulu Hale?

Honolulu Hale will be open everyday from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

  

Where can I find more information on entering the annual Wreath Contest at Honolulu Hale?

Contact the Mayor's Office of Culture and the Arts at 768-6622 for information. Fill out and print your wreath contest entry form here.

 

When will the event be broadcast on television?

The Opening ceremony will be televised live from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Oceanic Cablevision Olelo  (see the schedule here). The broadcast is repeated during December.  A one-hour special of the Public Workers Electric Light Parade will be shown on KITV4 on Mon, Dec. 23 at 7 p.m. and on Sat, Dec. 28 at 3 p.m.

 

 

Where can I purchase the official Honolulu City Lights ornament?

Visit the Friends of Honolulu City Lights website.

 

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Last Reviewed: Tuesday, November 26, 2013