Maui Christmas
If you are on Maui during the Holiday Season, you are already doing something right! We have assembled this list of ideas that can help add to your unforgettable Hawaiian Holiday vacation.

Skate in the park:  It’s not quite the outdoor skating rink found at Rockefeller Center in New York City, but it’s something unique to Maui!  The inline skating rink at Kalama Park in Kihei is open to the public on various nights of the week for a free skate.  If you have your own rollerblades or roller skates, you can skate around this oceanfront rink for free.  You can also rent rollerblades for $5 and enjoy some skating under the Maui stars.

Holiday Express Train Ride:  Maui’s famous Sugar Cane Train has transformed into a vehicle of holiday cheer this winter.  The Holiday Express runs November 25th through December 25th on weekends at 6:30 pm and 8:30 pm.  The train ride lasts about 45 minutes and includes a visit from Santa Clause and milk and cookies for all passengers.  The train itself is also dressed up with lights and decorations!

Catch a Holiday Performance:  The Maui Arts & Cultural Center has numerous events planned in December and into January.  On December 4 the Maui Pops orchestra will perform holiday favorites.  On December 10 there will be a performance entitled Nutcracker Sweets put on by Maui Academy of Performing Arts.  It will feature over 150 members re-enacting scenes from this holiday classic.  Comedian Bill Maher will return to Maui for his annual New Year’s Day performance.  The historic Iao Theater, located minutes away in Wailuku, will be putting on a production of Mary Poppins the whole family will surely enjoy.

Enjoy Holiday Decorations/Lights:  The major resorts in Wailea and Ka’anapali tend to go all out with the Christmas decorations.  If you have an evening, we highly encourage a trip over to the hotels to take a walk around.  In years past the Grand Wailea and Four Seasons Maui have had elaborate gingerbread houses/villages, with free ginger bread samples to be enjoyed.  Lobbies are painted red with poinsettias and large Christmas trees dominate the grounds.  The Hyatt in Ka’anapali even has live penguins you can take a picture of (to be fair, the penguins are at the hotel year round, but they are even more fun to see during the holidays).  If you can’t make it out to one of the resorts, plan to just drive around some nearby neighborhoods.  You might be surprised with the kind of Hawaiian-themed lights and decorations you discover.

Build a Sandman or Make a Sand Angel:  If you’re vacationing in a winter wonderland you might be compelled to make a snowman or fall on your back and start carving out a snow angel.  When vacationing in Hawaii, sand is the name of the game.  Head to the beach for some snorkeling or surfing and cap off your day in the sun with some sand sculptures!

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