Are you looking to escape the cold this December? Consider spending Christmas on Maui! The holidays are a wonderful time to visit the Valley Isle when festive events and activities abound. You can take pictures with Santa on the beach, shop for unique gifts, and enjoy our island’s peaceful, relaxing environment. So what are you waiting for? Set your watch to island time and experience Christmas on Maui this year.
Find out how you can plan the ultimate Christmas getaway when you download our free vacation guide! It’s full of recommendations for activities and events to enjoy during your stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono.
The Best Ways to Enjoy Christmas on Maui
1. Attend the 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 and 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. Shop Holiday Markets
If you need to do some last-minute gift shopping, skip the generic big box stores and check out one of many holiday markets on Maui. There are craftsmen all over the island that sell one-of-a-kind items well into December. We recommend visiting Whalers Village in Kaanapali, the Shops at Wailea, or the cowboy town of Makawao. Don’t forget to pick up a few ornaments for your tree at home!
3. Have a Hawaiian 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 cleanup? Luckily, there are a variety of Maui restaurants open on Christmas. Some of our favorites include:
- Nick’s Fishmarket
- Mala Ocean Tavern
- Lahaina Grill
- Merriman’s Kapalua
- The Plantation House
- Pineapple Grill
Local Tip: Many hotels and resorts also offer special multi-course dinners and buffets for the holidays. Be sure to make your reservations early.
4. Watch a Christmas Day Beach Luau
Is attending a Hawaiian luau is on your bucket list? If so, you’re in luck. There are plenty 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.
5. Spend Time Outdoors
It’s no secret that Maui has some of the nicest weather in the USA. This is especially true on Christmas Day! December is a bit windier than other months, and it’s normally the wettest month (though most of the rainfall is on the North side of the island.) The average temperature is very comfortable, with highs in the low 80s during the day and the mid 60’s at night. Be sure to get outside and enjoy it!
Book Your Stay at The Old Wailuku Inn at Ulupono
When searching for the perfect place to call home this holiday season, look no further than our Maui bed and breakfast. Our inn has everything you need to make a lifetime of memories. Plus, it’s just minutes from the best attractions in town! Enjoy comfortable guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and a fresh, gourmet breakfast each morning. We still have a few rooms open so don’t wait – check our availability and find your perfect accommodation today. We look forward to spending Christmas with you!
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