It's holiday season! A cheerful way to celebrate is to attend a Christmas parade. Spectrum News Hawaii rounded up some of the best parades happening across the state. Check out the list below for more details. 



Wahiawa Santa Parade

California Ave., Wahiawa

Join the festivities as the community of Wahiawa celebrates the holidays with its annual parade, 6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Local businesses, civic organizations and others will make their way from Kaala Elementary School up California Avenue to North Cane Street.


59th Annual Kaneohe Christmas Parade


December gets off to a fun start with this community holiday event, 9 a.m. Dec. 2. The parade starts at Haiku Road near Windward Mall, continues to Kamehameha Highway, Kaneohe Bay Drive, and ends at Castle High School. Get ready for bands, organizations and holiday shenanigans!


36th Annual Mililani Holiday Parade & After-Party

Mililani Town

Line the streets to see the Mililani High School Band, Royal Hawaiian Band, antique cars, community groups, local businesses, dignitaries, beauty queens and Santa Claus as they make their way from Mililani High School to the Town Center of Mililani where the family is guaranteed to have fun, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 2. At the after-party, enjoy holiday characters, face painting, glitter tattoos, plus spin the wheel for prizes. Bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots too. Route: Mililani High School, along Kipapa Drive past Mililani Shopping Center onto Moenamanu Street, Kuahelani Avenue, then Meheula Parkway, ending at the Town Center of Mililani.


Honolulu City Lights

Honolulu Hale/Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds

530 S. King St., Honolulu

Be a part of the kick-off to the holidays and head to Honolulu Hale for Honolulu City Lights, Dec. 2. The fun begins at 4 p.m. with the City Lights Block Party on Punchbowl Street followed by the Public Workersʻ Electric Light Parade starting at 6 p.m. from Aala Park on S. King Street to Honolulu Hale, and the Tree Lighting Ceremony at approximately 6:30 p.m. There’s also the Wreath Contest exhibition and Skygate Concert from 7 p.m. and photos with Santa starting at 7:30 p.m. Lights on the 50-foot holiday tree and outdoor decorations will stay lit from 6 p.m. to dawn, Dec. 2-29.


Kapolei City Lights

Kapolei Hale

1000 Uluohia St., Kapolei

Head to the westside for Kapolei City Lights with the theme, “A Westside Wonderland,” featuring a block party, 5-9 p.m., and parade that kicks off at 6 p.m. from Kapolei High School, proceeding down Kapolei Parkway to Kapolei Hale, Dec. 9. This year’s theme presents decorations inspired by historic, cultural and recreational aspects of the Leeward communities from Waipahu to Kaena Point. Decorations will be lit and open to the public, Dec. 9-Jan. 2, 2024.




Lights on Rice Parade

Rice Street from Hoolako to Eiwa streets, Lihue

Share in the holiday spirit with the community as 60 bedecked units with 3,000 performers make their way through Lihue, 6:30-8 p.m. Dec. 1.


Hawaii Island


63rd Annual Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade

Welcome the holidays with this annual community tradition featuring over 60 lit entries including trucks and big rigs starting from Waimea Park, 5:30 p.m. Dec. 2. This year’s theme is “E Lauhoe Mai Na Waʻa” or “Everyone Paddle the Canoe Together” with Grand Marshall Pete Hendricks. Visit the parade website for road closures and parade route.


Holiday Festivities

Historic Kailua Village

This year’s 37th Annual Kailua-Kona Christmas Parade presented by Rotary Clubs of West Hawaii and the Kailua Kona Community Parade Association highlights the theme of “Tutu’s Kalikimaka, Through the Eyes of our Keiki,” 5 p.m. Dec. 9. Visit the website for street closures/parade route.

The holiday fun continues with the 8th Annual Lighted Boat Parade in Kailua Bay, 6 p.m. Dec. 10. Food and beverages will be available for purchase at aboard Body Glove docked at Kailua Pier.