Christmas is upon us and visitors from all over the world are flocking to the Hawaiian Islands for a tropical twist on the Holiday season. While on the surface many people don’t consider 80°F temperatures and sunny skies conducive to getting into the Holiday spirit, Hawaii is actually a very festive place at this most wonderful time of the year. This is especially true of Waikiki Beach on Oahu, where hotel lobbies belt out jolly tunes and deck the halls with boughs of holly to attract guests and other visitors seeking solace from the heat of Kalakaua Avenue. Whether you’re looking for a festive place to stay or you want to do a Christmas “walkabout” while in Waikiki, we have a list of the top three resort properties to get you psyched up for the season.
Top 3 Hotels in Waikiki Beach to Visit When You Want to Get Into the Christmas Spirit
This iconic island hotel (now owned by Marriott) is one of the top five beachfront hotels in Waikiki Beach and also leads this list of the most Christmassy accommodations on the island. The decor is absolutely exquisite, akin to a Nutcracker Ball, and begs visitors to take photos of every nook and cranny of the expansive establishment. Moana Surfrider also hosts a Christmas-themed Afternoon Tea Service, Breakfast with Santa, and Christmas Day Holiday Brunch Buffet at The Veranda at the Beachhouse in addition to Christmas Day Dinner at the Beachhouse at the Moana.
Royal Hawaiian Hotel
The “Pink Palace” is literally a hotel fit for ali’i (Hawaiian nobility, essentially) and during the Holiday season it’s dipped in ornate decor that will get you in the Christmas spirit faster than the opening credits of Miracle on 34th Street. Walk through the open air halls of this property to take in the pink-tinted take on traditional Christmas flare and purchase gifts and stocking stuffers at one of the many quaint boutique shops within. The Royal Hawaiian also hosts Christmas Eve and Christmas Day dinner at Azure, a Christmas Brunch in the Monarch Room, along with a Christmas Cookie Decorating Class and Christmas Cupcake Wreath Making Class so get your sugar plum sweet tooth ready!
There’s no denying the Sheraton Waikiki’s place as one of the most Christmassy resort properties on the entire island. For one, they boast a Christmas sandcastle exhibit that draws people from all over the area. There are two amazing sand-sculpted displays to check out each season, one at the front entrance (2019’s edition pictured at the top of the article) and another in the middle of the open lobby. In addition, the hotel is home to the Waikiki Christmas Store where all year long you can pick up Holiday ornaments and decor with a Hawaiian theme. The property is also heralded for its Twelve Days of Christmas program where guests and visitors enjoy daily holiday activities (crafts, lei making, and more) and performances (hula lessons and more) in the lobby in addition to Christmas Dinner at Kai Market. Learn more about the Sheraton Waikiki here.