Holiday Happenings on Maui 2016

Check back often as we add more events and holiday fun! Also check out our roundup of Holiday Craft Fairs happening on Maui, here!

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center


Santa Arrives – Saturday, November 19th at 10AM

Santa meet & greet, Keiki Holiday Crafts, Keiki Coloring, Balloons, Prizes and MORE!

Breakfast with Santa Reservations Open Today

Queen Ka’ahumanu Center has a ton of fun family friendly events this holiday season, head to their site to check out their calendar.

Kula School PTA 876-7610

29th Annual Kula Harvest Festival

Kula School Grounds

November 19th, Saturday

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

All ages

Spend the day in the country! Join us for our 29th Annual Harvest Festival, With live entertainment, talented local artisans and crafters, Ono food, games, Silent Auction, and Country Store. Come join us for a FREE, Family Fall Fair!

St Joseph Christmas Craft Fair 572-6235


Saturday, November 19th

7:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Local vendors and crafters will have amazing items available for the gift giving season. As an extra treat, Santa will be landing his sled for a visit at noon for the children. Enjoy an array of ethnic foods, baked good items, live entertainment and so much more!

Lahaina Cannery Mall International Ice Sculpting Exhibition & Competition

November 19 & 20, 11am-1pm.

Award Winning Artists from Japan & Hawaii crank up their chain saws and creative talents for the International Ice Sculpting Exhibition & Competition, November 19 & 20, 11am-1pm.

Lahaina Cannery Mall

Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center 572-6560

hui holidays

Hui Holidays

Open EVERY Day!

November 21 – December 24, 2016

9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

A winter wonderland of local and handmade items for everyone on your list! One-of-a-kind handmade gifts by local artists and crafters like paintings, ceramic pieces, hand- blown glass work, locally made beauty products, holiday ornaments and more!

Maui Mall Holiday Kick-Off – Saturday November 26th at 11 a.m.



Haleakala Waldorf School Holiday Faire – Saturday December 3rd 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

This longstanding Upcountry tradition is Maui’s most festive holiday season event.  Festive crafts, silent auction, food, keiki activities, live entertainment and more are in store.  The event always takes place the first Saturday of December.  This is HWS only community fundraiser, in which 100% of the funds raised go towards our Tuition Assistance Program.

The Faire, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday December 3rd, will feature handcrafted items from more than 75 of Maui’s artists and artisans.


Grand Wailea’s Tree Lighting Ceremony – Sunday, December 4 at 5 PM – 8 PM

Celebrate the seasons with our annual tree lighting ceremony – more than 8 miles of white lights strung along the driveway to Grand Wailea and a live Christmas tree reaching 25 feet, lit by Boys and Girls Clubs keiki, followed by a special holiday performance by Amy Hanaiali’i.

All day – Gingerbread village
5pm – cookies and cocoa
5:30pm – Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

Grand Wailea Holidays

Maui Brewing Company YuleTide Marketfair for Imua Services – Sunday December 4th 1 p.m.

Know someone looking for local, handcrafted gifts for the holidays? Make sure to invite them to our Yuletide Marketfair – great shopping, food and beer! And, best of all, a fundraiser for our friends at Imua Family Services.MBC YuleTide

Sugar Cane Train Holiday Express – November 25th to December 25th

Open every night from December 13 thru Christmas! The Sugar Cane Train presents the Holiday Express. Pre-order today and save! Tickets increase to $30 after November 24th.

Sugar Cane Train Holiday Express

MAPA’s Nutcracker Sweets – December 10th & 11th

Location: Castle Theater at Maui Arts & Cultural Center

Maui audiences are in for a sweet treat this holiday season when Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) presents Nutcracker Sweets, a delightful family-friendly production of the treasured classic featuring 150 MAPA students.

With sumptuous costumes and inspired choreography set to the timeless Tchaikovsky score, Nutcracker Sweets is a must-see holiday event for all ages.


MauiWine 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting – Saturday December 10th 5:30 p.m.

The community is invited to celebrate the holidays at the 3rd Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on the historical grounds of MauiWine. Watch the tree light up, followed by a movie under the stars. Music, crafts, Santa and complimentary wine tastings inside the King’s Cottage.


Keiki Playhouse – 12 Days of Christmas Crafts – December 13th-24th

Keiki Playhouse Maui

Maui Animal Farm Holiday Festivities – December 17th 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

Guest will meet and feed the animals, sing Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, have fun decorating cookies and listening to holiday stories. Paniolo Santa will also make an appearance! Reservations are required. 808-280-2597

Alexander Academy’s Holiday of Dance – December 17th

Saturday, December 17th
11:00 AM, 12:30 PM, 2:00 PM

The upcountry dance studio will hold its annual community performance, Holiday of Dance, at the AAPA studios located behind the Kula Community Center.

Dancers of all ages will perform classical variations from the Nutcracker ballet along with festive contemporary and jazz dance pieces.

This 50-minute show is a wonderful opportunity for fans to enjoy a holiday community performance, current students to share what they have learned, and for prospective students to see the variety of classes on offer.  Suggested donations of $5-10 per attendee per show; lap children under 2 are free. Concessions will be sold as a fundraiser for the studio’s full-length production in the summer. Visit or call 808-878-8970 for more information.


Santa Visits Hula Grill Ka’anapali – December 18th at 3:30 p.m.

Every year Santa makes a special trip to Maui before Christmas. Watch as his team of reindeer paddle Santa onto Kaanapali Beach via outrigger canoe. Santa and Mrs Clause will be on stage in the Barefoot Bar to sit with kids and hear their wishes. Santa’s Elves will be busy in the Santa’s Workshop where your keiki will get to decorate Christmas Cookies.

Bring your cameras, and your appetite. Seating is first come first served, but you do not have to dine at Hula Grill to participate. It’s just better for pictures when you do. Parking validated with purchase.

Santa will have to leave before sunset, so it is possible we will have to turn away late comers. Please be early to avoid this disappointment.

Hula Grill Santa

Maui Family Y: Itty Bitty Christmas Party – December 20th 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.

Maui Family YMCA

Santa is coming to town and the Maui Family YMCA invites you to help prepare for his arrival. Join us as we embrace the spirit of Christmas through creative and joyous activities. Each child will be able to create a keepsake at one of our arts & crafts stations, participate in friendly non-competitive games, and picture taking with Santa. Decorating supplies and a healthy snack will be provided. This event will be held at the Maui Family YMCA. Reminder to the parents – this is a free event for children under the age of five and parental supervision is required. For more information, or to RSVP, please call 808-242-9007. RSVP by December 16th, 2016.