What to do on Maui this Holiday Season

Posted by Staff Writer on Thursday, December 13th, 2018 at 5:14pm


It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

Even though you won’t find chilly temperatures or snowmen on Maui, the holiday season on the island is full of joy, cheer and warmth. Best of all, you can be merry and bright in your bathing suit, soaking up the sun on a white-sand beach while you escape the frigid temperatures on the mainland. 

From beach days with Santa to volunteer activities, there are a range of events on island that are sure to get you into the Christmas spirit. To make it easier on your family, we made a list of a few activities you should be sure to check off your list this holiday season.

Santa’s coming to town – by canoe!

Before Santa makes his rounds delivering presents across the globe, Santa will be heading to Maui for some quick beach time. On Christmas Eve, Santa will be making a couple stops on island, where your family can go to watch him come ashore by way of outrigger canoe and take photos with him at these free and public events.

At 9 a.m., he’ll arrive at the beach in front of the Grand Wailea and will be available for photos later at the Chapel Lawn. Then later at noon, Santa and Mrs. Claus will make another appearance via canoe at Polo Beach in front of the Fairmont Kea Lani.

The Holiday Express

Every holiday season, Maui undergoes a transformation – including Lahaina’s Sugar Cane Train, which suddenly transforms into the Holiday Express. This cheerful train ride is sure to be a jolly good time for the whole family, where you can munch on milk and cookies, sing Christmas carols and meet Santa. There truly isn’t anything quite like it on island.

A tree of lights

Imagine the glow and sparkle of a sea of Christmas lights, wrapped around a tree that spans nearly one-mile wide.

There isn’t anything quite like the holiday season in Lahaina, where the island’s most historic banyan tree will be wrapped in thousands of Christmas lights. Located off of Front Street, the banyan tree will be lit every night during the holiday season. For Maui locals and visitors, it’s a sight that is sure to fill your holiday festivities with magic and cheer.

The spirit of giving

Every Saturday from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m., Krank Cycles on Maui will be assembling 500 bikes that will go to children whose families might otherwise not be able to afford them. Jim Falk donated the bikes, and Krank Cycles just needs volunteers to help put them together. The volunteers will meet every Saturday until all of the bikes are assembled.

A taste of Christmas cheer

Experience one of Maui’s finest culinary adventures at Maui Chef’s Table, a nine-course meal served on the breathtaking, lush grounds of the Maui Tropical Plantation. Taste the best of the island’s farm fresh cuisine and craft cocktails at the ideal spot to celebrate with friends and family over the holidays. The dinners are hosted on Saturday evenings and certain Mondays, including December 15, 22 and 24. Tickets are $150 per person.

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