Darn, even though Thanksgiving falls on the fourth Thursday of the month, 23 seems an awfully low number. Doesn't the holiday fall on 28 some years?
The point of this number crunching: Thanksgiving was a lot closer to Halloween this year, but still, Christmas is right around the corner. The official shopping and craziness begins tomorrow, as early as 5:30 a.m. for serious shoppers.
Get a good rest today after the turkey's gone and the cleanup is done. Then go through this list of Christmas events and check it twice for those you can't miss.
By next week the machine will be in full swing. Oh yeah, baby.
TOMORROWHawaii Kai Lion's Club And Koko Marina Parade
Kamilo Iki Park to Koko Marina Center
Starts at 10 a.m., traveling down Lunalilo Home Road. The theme is "The Spirit of Christmas." Ends up at Koko Marina Center where there will be entertainment.
Kahala Mall, 732-7736
2-3 p.m. Sponsored by Cookie Corner. Limited to the first 200 kids 12 and under. Free.
Kalihi's 54th Annual Christmas Parade
Kalihi Union Church to Kamehameha Shopping Center
Parade starts at 6:30 p.m. in front of the church at 2214 N. King St. ending at the shopping center at 1620 N. School St. See Santa and his sleigh, floats and marching bands and pick up candy tossed by Santa and his helpers on the right side of the floats. The parade will end at 7:45 p.m.
Ala Moana Center
946-2811, Ext. 139
Santa appears during mall hours through Dec. 24.
Santa appears through Dec. 24. Hours are 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sundays to Thursdays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on Christmas Eve.
Santa arrives at 10 a.m. Picture taking and visits with Santa will continue through Dec. 24 during mall hours.
SATURDAYSanta by Tugboat
Aloha Tower Marketplace, 566-2337
Santa, Rudolph and Frosty arrive by tugboat in the Honolulu Harbor 11:30 a.m. Saturdays through Dec. 23.
Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner with Santa
Liberty House Ala Moana, 945-5019
Saturday-Dec. 23. Breakfast, 9 a.m. $6.50; lunch, noon, $7.50; and dinner, 6 p.m. $9.50.
Mililani Town Center
11-1 p.m. Saturday. Bring your camera and take a photo with Santa.
Tree Lighting Ceremony
Market City Shopping Center, 734-0282
7 p.m. Saturday. Music by Cólon and free Christmas treats.
SANTA CLAUS"Breakfast with Santa"
Hawaii Convention Center, 591-3588
9-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Santa, face painting, costumed characters, games and entertainment. $15. Proceeds benefit Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii.
"Breakfast with Santa"
Kailua High School, 266-7900
7-10 a.m. Dec. 9. $3.50 adults; $2.50 children.
"Lunch with Santa"
Spaghetti Factory, 591-8411
Noon-12:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, Dec. 2-17. Magic by Carlos da Silva. $6.50.
DISPLAYSHonolulu City Lights
"Lei of Stars" exhibition of Christmas trees and holiday sculptures opens at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 2 with parade of floats and tree-lighting. Displays continue 8 a.m. to 11 p.m. Dec. 3-Jan. 2. Free.
Annual Festival of Trees
Ward Warehouse, 547-4397
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 1-2; and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 3. Twenty-five theme-decorated trees, handmade gifts, silent auction. $1 donation adults; kids free. "Patron night," 6-8 p.m. Nov. 30, features champagne, wine, pupus, entertainment, $35. Proceeds benefit Queen's Medical Center emergency room.
PARADESWahiawa Christmas Parade
Wahiawa Town Center
6:30 p.m. Dec. 1. Kaala Elementary to California Avenue, North Cane Street, ends on Center Street. Brief stop at Wahiawa Town Center for Santa's arrival.
Kaneohe Christmas Parade
845-4111 or 293-9003
9 a.m. Dec. 2. Begins at intersection of Kamehameha Highway and Haiku Road next to Windward Mall and proceeds to Kaneohe Bay Drive and Castle High.
PERFORMANCESPunahou Academy Christmas Concert
Dillingham Hall, Punahou School; 944-5750
7:30 p.m. Dec. 8-9. Featuring Punahou Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra and Chorale. Free, but tickets are required.
Sea Breeze Christmas Concert
Hawaii Kai Towne Center, 396-0766
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 9. Featuring Honolulu Swing Express with Sydette and JMG dancers.
"A Local Divas Christmas"
Sheraton Waikiki Hotel, 922-4422
7:30 p.m. Dec. 20. With Melveen Leed, Loyal Garner, Carole Kai, Nohelani Cypriano, Henry Kapono, Robert Cazimero, Sean Na'auao and Frank Delima. Tickets $28-$45.
Comedians Celebrate Christmas Eve
Ala Moana Hotel, 955-4811
6 p.m. Dec. 24. Buffet dinner and entertainment by Jay Larrin and Frank Delima. $50; $35 children.
SPECIAL EVENTS"Makiki Mele Kalikimaka"
Makiki District Park, 522-7082
10-11:30 a.m. Dec. 2. Keiki activities, entertainment and make-and-take crafts.
"The Animal's Christmas"
Academy Theatre, 532-8700
Family celebration with Parasol Puppets, storytelling Santa, puppet making. Times: 1, 2:15 and 4 p.m. Dec. 3. Free. Tickets available from 12:30 p.m.
"A Candlelight Christmas"
Mission Houses Museum, 531-0481
6-10 p.m. Dec. 9 and 16. Last tour leaves at 9:30 p.m. $10; children 5-17, $9; under 5 free.
Blaisdell Center, 536-1015
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Dec. 10. Create gingerbread houses using pre-baked pieces by Alan Wong. Tables reserved for two hours. Cost $27.50 or $47.50 (for larger house). Benefits Easter Seals.
"Festival of Lights"
Hawaii Kai Marina, 396-0766
5:30-7 p.m. Dec. 16. Decorated boats parade through the marina. Santa makes an appearance.
Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, 941-5216
6:30-8:30 p.m. Dec. 16. Puerto Rican Christmas celebration featuring Grupo Le Lo Lai. Free.
Posada Christmas Celebration
Thomas Square and Academy of Arts, 532-8700
5-8:30 p.m. Dec. 17. Caroling, refreshments at Academy of Arts. $5; $2 keiki.
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