Honolulu City Lights (33th Annual)
Lions and zebras and giraffes, oh my! Downtown Honolulu will soon be aglow as the 33rd annual Honolulu City Lights goes bright on Saturday, December 2, 2017, featuring the theme, "It's a Zoo Out There."
This year's opening night festivities will feature the unveiling of 56 new animal-themed ornaments adorning the city's 50-foot holiday tree. The original designs were inspired by the whimsical look of the official 2017 Friends of Honolulu City Lights ornaments, which celebrate the Honolulu Zoo. Inside Honolulu Hale, the holidays get wild as flora and fauna trimmings take center stage in the courtyard, city trees, and community wreath exhibits.
The Honolulu City Lights opening night festivities kick off a monthlong celebration of dazzling lights and displays, family-friendly activities, and merry fun on the Frank F. Fasi Civic Center Grounds.
Mayor Kirk Caldwell will lead the official tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., featuring Kathy Muneno as emcee. Polynesian Voyaging Society president and master navigator Nainoa Thompson will ceremoniously illuminate the 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 27th 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 parade's crowd-favorite mascot, the dancing "City Lights." Shannon Scott and Mele Apana will serve as parade hosts.
The opening night also includes a free, star-studded holiday concert near the Sky Gate, featuring 2017 Na Hoku Hanohano Male Vocalist of the Year Josh Tatofi and musical entertainment by the Kamehameha Elementary Schools Chorus, Kupaoa and Mark Yamanaka, and Mailani Makainai.
The public is encouraged to come early to take advantage of the free parking that is available in the city's municipal lot, with entry from the left lane of Beretania Street just past Alapai Street.
The celebration continues throughout the month of December featuring several special events to delight island families. Honolulu City Lights will be open daily from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m., and will run through January 1, 2018, including the Christmas and New Year's holidays.