HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS OPENING NIGHT FESTIVITIES

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Thousands of families and visitors are expected to attend this beloved island tradition, presented each year by the City and County of Honolulu and the Friends of Honolulu City Lights. The opening night festivities mark the start of the holiday season, kicking off a monthlong celebration of family-friendly activities and merry displays on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds. Mayor Kirk Caldwell will lead the official tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., featuring Billy V as emcee and a special performance by the Kamehameha Elementary School Children’s Choir, conducted by Lynell Bright. University of Hawaii head football coach Nick Rolovich, joined by students from Daniel K. Inouye Elementary School, will ceremoniously illuminate the city’s 55-foot holiday tree at 6:30 p.m., triggering the corridor of lights and displays down King and Punchbowl streets. One of the many highlights of the evening is the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade, which celebrates its 26th year as part of Honolulu City Lights. A dazzling procession of festooned city vehicles and school marching bands will travel from Chinatown through King Street, led by the dancing “City Lights,” the event’s crowd-favorite mascot which debuted last year. Shannon Scott and Olena Heu return as parade hosts. The opening night also includes a free, star-studded holiday concert near the Sky Gate with musical entertainment by Halau Hula Olana, Blayne Asing, Mailani Makainai, and Sean Naauao. Themed displays and lights will adorn the grounds surrounding Honolulu Hale, and the courtyard will be unveiled, featuring the beautiful city trees and community wreath exhibits. The public is encouraged to come early to take advantage of the free parking that’s available in the city’s municipal lot, with entry from the left lane of Beretania Street just past Alapai Street..

HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS OPENING NIGHT FESTIVITIES