Break out your flip-flops and Tommy Bahama short-sleeved shirts. While the mainland may be getting snowed in, it’s 78 °F (25 °C) on the Big Island and the perfect time to plan a warm winter holiday. Why spend the winter shoveling snow and braving icy streets when you can come to where the skies are blue and the air is sweet.
But what do they do for Christmas on the Big Island? I’m glad you asked. There are a plethora of spectacular Christmas parades planned in different towns around the Big Island. Below you’ll find a short guide explaining each parade and where it is located.
Waimea Christmas Twilight Parade (December 7, 2013 from 5:30 to 6:45pm) Entering its 53rd year, this famous parade has a Santa float, a brigade of festively lighted trucks, and dozens of floats created by schools, youth groups, businesses, and more. The theme this year is “Lucky Seven.” So, if you live in Waimea and want to create a float, keep that in mind. Throughout the day there will be festivities all over town including a crafts fair, food vendors, and entertainment. Want to take a picture with Santa? He’ll be at the Parker Ranch Center’s Fireside Food Court after the parade.
Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade (December 14, 2013, Begins at 5:00pm) This year marks the 29th anniversary of the Kona Christmas parade. “Kona Kine Christmas” is the theme this year, and Artistic Director of the Aloha Performing Arts Company, Jerry Tracy, is the grand marshal. Come see the HELCO’s Toy’s For Tots Train, various musical floats, and Santa and his reindeer. Parade attendees are encouraged to contribute to the Hawaii Island’s Food Basket. For more information about how to support this program send an email to email@example.com.
Pahoa Christmas Parade in Puna (December 7, 2013, Begins at 9:30am) If you’re looking for a parade during the morning rather than the evening, this is the one for you. You’ll find community floats ranging from Hawaiian music, to belly dancers, to people popping out of volcanoes and throwing candy to the crowd. Last year, Santa sailed down the street in a canoe. This parade celebrates the spirit of the community and is one of the biggest events in Puna all year.
Keaau Christmas Parade (December TBA, 2013, Begins at 5:30pm) The date and theme for this year haven’t been announced yet, but if it’s anything like last year, you won’t want to miss it. (Last year the theme was Hawaiian Disney Christmas.) Throughout the day attendees will enjoy entertainment while visiting the various craft and food booths.
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