Christmas on Maui is never a bad idea. Leaving the cold and icy temperature behind for 80 degrees and Hawaiian sunshine can have anyone learning to say "Mele Kalikimaka" faster than they thought possible. The holidays in Maui are something everyone should experience at least once. Santa wearing slippers and throwing up a shaka, palm trees wrapped in twinkling lights, and people wearing Santa hats while they surf the waves are things you'll see here on the island during Christmas. There's never a lack of fun and adventure, even for a small island. We've rounded up our favorite activities to do during the holidays on Maui below. Perfect for families, people of all ages, couple getaways, or just an escape with friends. There's never a wrong way to do Christmas, but why not do it Maui style?
Lahaina Banyan Tree
Marvel at the thousands of Christmas lights draped around the enormous 60-foot trunk of the Lahaina banyan tree. One of the largest banyan trees in the United States, you won't find this anywhere else. A memorable holiday tradition, the lit banyan tree twinkles all night long and is in the heart of Lahaina's Front Street, a bustling little town lined with shops and restaurants right along the water. These Christmas lights will be on from 5:45 p.m. to midnight throughout December. We recommend the free parking area off of Prison Street near the banyan tree.
Christmas Shopping Maui Style
As we roll into the 2021 holiday season, we wanted to inspire your holiday shopping with a list of Maui businesses that make shopping local a walk on the beach! Shopping local is one of the best ways to support our community and give back to those striving to make Maui a better place. Lahaina's Front Street is packed with local Maui stores and restaurants selling gift certificates. Whalers Village in Kaanapali and the Shops at Wailea in Wailea are the two most famous shopping areas on the island, especially for tourists. The Lahaina Cannery Mall is a fun stop on the way out or into Lahaina and always has beautiful Christmas decorations throughout the area. You can venture into the little surf town of Paia or head upcountry to the old paniolo streets of Makawao to find unique gifts crafted right here on the island. The Hui No'eau Visual Arts Center's Hui Holidays is the perfect place to visit if you're looking for something to treat the artist in your life.
Santa Claus on Maui
What people don't know is that Santa Claus likes to vacation on Maui right before he makes his journey around the world, delivering gifts on Christmas Eve!
Every Friday through December 18, Santa takes free photos with his friends at The Shops of Wailea.
Santa will be at Kaanapali Beach, arriving by catamaran for a mini-vacation on December 18. Find him in Whalers Village, handing out goodie bags and taking photos with friends!
Take a catamaran sail with Santa on Ali'i Nui from December 18 - 21.
On Christmas Eve, Santa arrives at Wailea Beach on an outrigger canoe, all in front of the Grand Wailea.
Catch Santa arriving at Polo Beach on an outrigger canoe on Christmas Eve, right in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani.
Visit the fabulous Halona Kai Holiday Village for good eats, holiday activities, and Santa sightings.
Halona Kai Holiday Village
December 23 through 27 marks the start of the Halona Kai Holiday Village, located at Hyatt Regency Maui Resort in Kaanapali. Enjoy special guest appearances by Santa Claus, nightly Christmas tree lighting, holiday music and decorations, Christmas activities and games, holiday movie showings, fresh popcorn and hot cocoa goodie bags for each guest, fresh baked cookies, and more! $45 per person plus tax. Children ages two years and under are free. See this link for booking information.
The Mistletoe at Montage
Nothing says holiday magic like kissing a loved one on a tropical island. One of our favorite holiday events, Mistletoe at Montage, is returning to Kapalua Bay! Visitors and locals can stop by the resort entrance to snap a photo under the mistletoe, share it on social media with the hashtags #MontageMistletoe and #MontageMemory. Every Friday on Montage Kapalua Bay's Instagram account, they'll share guest moments beneath the mistletoe. Find all the Mistletoe at Montage info as well as other Montage special holiday events here.
A Hawaiian Christmas Feast
One of the finest ways to enjoy the holidays with family and friends is to have a spectacular holiday feast. Fortunately, several Maui eateries are open on Christmas Day. Here are a few of our favorites:
Many hotels and resorts offer special multi-course meals and buffets for the holidays. Make your bookings as soon as possible.