Are you looking to escape the cold this December? Consider spending Christmas in Maui, Hawaii! The holidays are a wonderful time to visit Maui, when festive events and activities abound. You can take pictures with Santa on the beach, go shopping for unique gifts, and enjoy the island’s peaceful, relaxing environment. So what are you waiting for? Set your watch to island time and experience Christmas in Maui this year!
The Best Ways to Experience Christmas in Maui
1. Lighting of the Banyan Tree
The Maui Banyan Tree in Lahaina is one of the largest banyan trees in the United States. It’s a species of fig tree the size of an entire city block, with a root system that covers almost an acre. Each December, the 60-foot trunks are wrapped in thousands of Christmas lights that sparkle all night long. This beloved holiday tradition is a magical sight to behold, and it’s less than a 30-minute drive from our inn.
2. Holiday Markets
Need to do some last-minute Christmas shopping? Skip the generic big box stores and look for locally-made artwork and crafts at the holiday markets in Maui. Check out Whalers Village in Kaanapali, or visit the Shops at Wailea. You can even head upcountry to the Hawaiian cowboy town of Makawao. There are craftsmen all over Maui, and many sell one-of-a-kind items at Christmas markets throughout December. Don’t forget to pick up a few ornaments for your tree at home!
3. Christmas Dinner
A festive holiday feast is one of the best ways to celebrate with family and friends. But who wants to deal with all that clean up? A variety of Maui restaurants are open on Christmas including Nick’s Fishmarket in Wailea, Mala Ocean Tavern and Pacific’O in Lahaina, and the Plantation House and Pineapple Grill in Kapalua. Many hotels and resorts also offer special multi-course dinners and buffets for the holidays. Be sure to make your reservations early!
4. Christmas Day Beach Luau
If attending a Hawaiian luau is on your bucket list, you’re in luck! There are a number of family-friendly Christmas luaus that happen around the island during the holiday season. Kanakaloka, or Mr. Claus, usually arrives in a red canoe as a treat for the children, and an authentic Hawaiian feast is served during the show. It’s a wonderful way to blend classic island traditions with Christmas cheer.
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono!
When searching for the perfect place to stay this holiday season, look no further than our Maui bed and breakfast. Our beautiful inn has everything you need for a memorable retreat and is just minutes from some of the best holiday attractions in town. Enjoy comfortable guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and a fresh, gourmet breakfast each morning of your stay. We look forward to spending Christmas in Maui with you!
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