Christmas Calendar: Parades, family fun, music, more

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Through Dec. 30, Honolulu City Lights: The tree is lighted 6 p.m.-dawn daily through Jan. 2. Trolley Tours through Dec. 30 (except Tuesday and Christmas Day). Departs nightly from Ward Warehouse (near Pictures Plus), 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6.50, free for ages 3 and under. Tickets available online only: goo.gl/hjc3ex. --Courtesy photo

Through Dec. 30, Honolulu City Lights: The tree is lighted 6 p.m.-dawn daily through Jan. 2. Trolley Tours through Dec. 30 (except Tuesday and Christmas Day). Departs nightly from Ward Warehouse (near Pictures Plus), 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6.50, free for ages 3 and under. Tickets available online only: goo.gl/hjc3ex. (Courtesy photo)

‘THE NUTCRACKER’

» Hawaii State Ballet (Junior Company): 27th annual production directed by John Landovsky, 7 p.m. today, 3:30 and 7 p.m. Saturday, and 1 and 4:30 p.m. Sunday, Mamiya Theatre, Saint Louis School. $25-$38. Senior citizens and military receive a $3 discount. 947-2755, hawaiistateballet.com/tickets

» Ballet Hawaii: 7:30 p.m. today and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Neal Blaisdell Center, Concert Hall. Also features members of the New York City Ballet and Carolina Ballet, Australian Ballet superstar Steven Heathcote, Hawaii’s own Broadway star Amanda Schull, Rick Hoffman of the USA Network hit series “Suits” and Twyla Tharpe Dance veteran John Selya, with music by the Hawai’i Symphony Orchestra and Hawaii Youth Opera Chorus. Tickets start at $35. 800-745-3000, ticketmaster.com

PARADES

Ewa Beach Lions Club Christmas Parade: 10 a.m. Saturday, from Ilima Intermediate School to Fort Weaver Road, Kuhina and Hanakahi streets, North and Fort Weaver roads, and back to school.

Manoa Christmas Parade: 5 p.m. Saturday, from Noelani Elementary School to Woodlawn Drive, Kolowalu Street, East Manoa Road, Lowrey Avenue, Manoa Road and Manoa District Park.

FAMILY FUN

Santa Cruise aboard Navatek, cruise along Waikiki and the East Oahu shoreline with a prime-rib buffet on lower deck or five-course dinner on upper deck, both with holiday entertainment and an appearance by Santa Claus, 5:30-7:30 p.m. daily through Christmas Day, departs from Pier 6 at Aloha Tower Marketplace. $55-$129; free for ages 6 and under; kamaaina rates available. 793-1311

Holiday Festival of Lights, 6-8 p.m. today and Saturday, Pearl Harbor Visitor Center; boats leave every 30 minutes. Tickets distributed on first-come, first-served basis beginning 5:30 p.m. on event day. Tours offered as a community service by National Park Service and Navy. Free; canned-food donations welcome. amanda_carona@nps.gov

“Christmas Lagoon: The Light Within,” take a scenic canoe ride through the lagoon with musical performances, displays, arts and crafts, holiday-inspired food and train rides for keiki, 6:30 p.m. today and Saturday, Polynesian Cultural Center. $5-$10. 293-3333, 800-367-7060, polynesia.com

“Season of Light,” full-dome family-friendly show about winter and its customary celebrations from around the world, 7 p.m. today, Hokulani Imaginarium, Windward Community College. $5-$7; free for kids under 4. 235-7433, aerospace.wcc.hawaii.edu

Queen’s Blessing, as an alternative to Santa, the Queen will bless keiki and be available for picture-taking, 7-9 p.m. today, Kawaiaha’o Church, 957 Punchbowl St. 469-3000, kawaiahao.org

Salvation Army’s live Nativity, featuring live animals and singing angels during 30- to 40-minute performances, 7-9:30 p.m. Saturday through Tuesday, Waioli Gardens, 2950 Manoa Road.

Drill Team Hawaii’s “Twas the Night Before Christmas,” features more than 90 girls ages 4-18 performing 20 holiday-themed dance routines with a touch of jazz, hip-hop, ballet and gymnastics, with guest performer Tory Current, food and bake sale and crafts, 1 and 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Kaimuki High School auditorium. $10. 258-4864

Make-a-Wish Hawaii’s Jingle Rock Run 2013, 5K race and keiki sprint in festive attire to benefit Make-a-Wish Hawaii and help grant wishes of ailing children, 4 p.m. Saturday, from Mother Waldron Park, through Kakaako and downtown, and back to the park. Strollers, pets welcome. Register: hawaii.wish.org

17th annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade, 6 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii Kai Towne Center. Entertainment begins 4:30 p.m.; holiday concert featuring Lehua Kalima and Shawn Pimental at 5 p.m. Free blinkie lights to first 1,000 people. hawaiikaitownecenter.com

Breakfast with Santa, with face-painting, balloons and a photo with Santa, 8:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. $15-$30. 952-4789, hawaiiprincehotel.com/events

“Christmas with the Animals,” full day of activities for kids and families including watching the zoo residents open their presents, and an appearance by Santa, 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Honolulu Zoo. 971-7171, honoluluzoo.org/christmas

Kids in the Kitchen: “Gingerbread Cookies,” parent-child class for ages 4 and older, 10-11:15 a.m. Sunday, Hawaii Children’s Discovery Center, 111 Ohe St., Kakaako. $22, $8 for additional family members. Participants receive $5 discount on center admission. 524-5437, goo.gl/9ZHDQ8

Bank of Hawaii Family Sunday: “Celebrate!” with make-and-take Christmas crafts, a visit with Santa and entertainment by the Oahu Civic Orchestra, Alive Arts and Dance Foundation, gospel group Essence of Heaven, and Christmas magic by Susie Roth, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (activities end at 3 p.m.) Sunday, Honolulu Museum of Art. Free. goo.gl/J0Jy2V

“The King Is Coming to Town,” keiki Christmas musical, 6 p.m. Sunday, International Baptist Church, 20 Dowsett Ave. 595-6352

Live Nativity at Kawaiaha’o Church, participants dress as Nativity characters, with live worship music, 7-9 p.m. through Monday (except Saturday), 957 Punchbowl St. 469-3000

Allan Town display, check out nonagenarian Allan Wallace’s miniature display of a busy little town in full winter swing, through Dec. 31, Hawaii State Library, first-floor reading room. Free. 586-3500

Santa’s Gingerbread Village, “Hawaii and the World: A Global Holiday Celebration,” check out executive chef Ralf Bauer’s intricate and edible winter wonderland made of gingerbread and other sweets, through Jan. 2, Sheraton Princess Kaiulani lobby, 120 Kaiulani Ave., Waikiki. Free. 922-5811

Friday, Dec. 20, Home for the Holidays, all-Hawaiian Christmas concert with entertainment by Lehua Kalima, Imua and Tiffa Garza, Ernie Cruz Jr., Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson, ManoaDNA, Mark Yamanaka and Darren Benitez, and Kapena, 6:30 p.m. today, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. $55. 952-4789, hawaiiprincehotel.com/events. --Courtesy photo

Friday, Dec. 20, Home for the Holidays, all-Hawaiian Christmas concert with entertainment by Lehua Kalima, Imua and Tiffa Garza, Ernie Cruz Jr., Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson, ManoaDNA, Mark Yamanaka and Darren Benitez, and Kapena, 6:30 p.m. today, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. $55. 952-4789, hawaiiprincehotel.com/events. –Courtesy photo

MUSIC

Christmas concert, featuring Jade Summer, Cathy Barroga and Arsenio the Band, 7 a.m. today, Pacific Guardian Center, 737 Bishop St., main courtyard. 382-9495

Ala Moana Centerstage, today: All Shores Home Piano Lessons, 4 p.m.; and Flute Society of Hawaii, 6 p.m.

Home for the Holidays, all-Hawaiian Christmas concert with entertainment by Lehua Kalima, Imua and Tiffa Garza, Ernie Cruz Jr., Ben Vegas and Maila Gibson, ManoaDNA, Mark Yamanaka and Darren Benitez, and Kapena, 6:30 p.m. today, Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki, Mauna Kea Ballroom. $55. 952-4789, hawaiiprincehotel.com/events

Melemai Kapu’uwaimai and guests, third annual fundraiser concert, 7-9 p.m. today, Our Savior Lutheran Church, 98-1098 Moanalua Road, Aiea. Santa will make an appearance. $5 pre-sale, $10 at the door. 294-1184, 680-9544

Ala Moana Centerstage, Saturday: ‘Iolani Suzuki Strings, 10 a.m.; Ka Hale i o Kahala, noon; Random Weirdos, 4 p.m.; Renee Teruya Music Studio, 6 p.m.; Tuamotu Api (Royal Polynesians), 7 p.m.

Ke Kula Mele Hawai’i o Akaka winter concert, hear songs about Hawaii island and a selection of Christmas mele, directed by Alan Akaka, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, Windward Mall, Center Court.

Christmas lunch with Jay Larrin, Ho’okena and Danny Couch, Hawaiian buffet with live music, 12:30 p.m. Saturday (11:30 a.m. doors) at Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki’s Mauna Kea Ballroom. $65. 952-4789, hawaiiprincehotel.com/events

Christmas concert, hear holiday songs by the violinists of Na Mele o Suzuki and Mele Mai Paki Lima Handbell Ensemble, 1 p.m. Saturday, Hawaii State Library. Free. 586-3520

Halau Hula Mai Ka Pu’uwai a Ka Mana’o, 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Windward Mall, Center Court

Institute for Human Services’ benefit concert, music by RevivalsMinistry and a tribute to veterans, active-duty military and their families, 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Honolulu Central Seventh-day Adventist Church, Nuuanu. Half of the proceeds will be used to purchase toiletries for the IHS women’s and children’s shelter. Free; offerings welcome. 864-6954

Blue Christmas worship service, with poetry, scripture readings, mellow Christmas carols led by a jazz band and meditative prayers, 6 p.m. Saturday, Windward United Church of Christ, Kailua. 254-3802

United Methodist Church, 6-9 p.m. Saturday, Town Center of Mililani. Free.

Blue Christmas: a Service of Reflection for the Longest Night, winter solstice service with music, silent meditation, scripture and healing prayer for folks dealing with grief and worry, 7 p.m. Saturday, St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Free with calabash offering. 524-2822, ext. 217

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ 27th annual Christmas concert, traditional carols and holiday songs, with performances by Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra, children’s and youth choirs, and Drill Team Hawaii, 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Honolulu Tabernacle, 1560 S. Beretania St. Free. 358-6935

A Dana Land Christmas Present, live jazz, 7-9:30 p.m., Mezz 127. $10 cover. 312-1582

Kawaiaha’o Church annual Christmas concert, featuring Francis Poulenc’s “Gloria,” 7 p.m. Saturday, 957 Punchbowl St. 522-1333

Celtic Waves’ Winter Solstice concert, local Celtic band offers rhythmic reels and slow and sweet airs, 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Atherton Performing Arts Studio, Hawaii Public Radio. $15-$30. 955-8821, hprtickets.org

Hawaii Vocal Arts Ensemble, “A Boy Was Born,” with traditional and contemporary seasonal music, 7:30 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, Mystical Rose Oratory, Chaminade University of Honolulu. $5-$35. 550-8457, honoluluboxoffice.com

Hawaii Pops’ “It’s the Holiday Season!” with Amy Hanaiali’i, dinner, dance and concert also featuring the Diamond Head Theatre Shooting Stars and appearances by Jim Nabors and Emma Veary, 8 p.m. Saturday, Hawai’i Convention Center ballroom. $35-$75. 550-8457, honoluluboxoffice.com

“A Christmas Luau” by the Gay Men’s Chorus of Honolulu, holiday classics with a local twist, audience sing-alongs and more, 8 p.m. Saturday, Lili’u Theater, Hawai’i Convention Center. $20-$50. gmcofh.org

Ala Moana Centerstage, Sunday: Laurie Shinsato Piano Studio, 10 a.m.; Ka Hale i o Kahala, noon; Yumiko Yagi Music Studio, 4 p.m.; and Musique De Noel, Group 1 at 5 p.m. and Group 2 at 6 p.m.

Musikgarten piano recital, noon-3 p.m. Sunday, Town Center of Mililani. Free.

Annual Carol Concert with St. Andrew’s Cathedral Choir, 3 p.m. Sunday, St. Andrew’s Cathedral. Free; calabash offering taken. 524-2822, ext. 217

“Christmas at the Kroc,” concert featuring Na Leo Pilimehana and Moments Unforgettable, 6 p.m. Sunday, Kroc Center Hawaii in Kapolei. $10. kroccenterhawaii.org, 682-5505

“The King Is Coming to Town,” a keiki Christmas musical about the real meaning of Christmas, 6 p.m. Sunday, International Baptist Church, 20 Dowsett Ave. 595-6352

“A Makaha Kalikimaka,” celebrate Christmas with the Makaha Sons and a special guest, with prime-rib dinner buffet, 7 p.m. Sunday, Ala Moana Hotel, Hibiscus Ballroom; doors open 5 p.m. $32.50-$65, $100 for VIP seating. 944-4333

Kalei Gamiao, 1 p.m. Monday, Ala Moana Centerstage

New Hope holiday and contemporary choral music, 6 p.m. Monday at Town Center of Mililani. Free. 625-0108

HONOLULU CITY LIGHTS

» The tree is lighted 6 p.m.-dawn daily through Jan. 2; Honolulu Hale exhibit featuring decorated trees with an anime theme and wreaths representing “Blue Hawaiian Holidays” is open 8 a.m.-11 p.m.

Related activities:

» Trolley Tour: Through Dec. 30 (except Tuesday and Christmas Day). Departs nightly from Ward Warehouse (near Pictures Plus), 6:30-8:30 p.m. $6.50, free for ages 3 and under. Tickets available online only: goo.gl/hjc3ex.

» Waikiki Trolley: Through Dec. 30, with departure times 7-8 p.m. Board at ticket booth at DFS Galleria Waikiki. $15-$23, free for ages 3 and under. Reservations (at least five days in advance): 591-2561.

» Fire Truck Hawaii and Honolulu City Christmas Lights Tour: Enjoy the views from aboard an antique 1936 Ford firetruck (maximum capacity 12 people), through Dec. 29 (except Christmas Day); departs every 30 minutes from 6-9:30 p.m., Mission Houses Museum, 533 S. King St. $5-$10. Cash only. 781-7389

ARTS & CRAFTS

“Holiday Arrangements with Tropicals,” 9:30-11:30 a.m. today, Lyon Arboretum, 3860 Manoa Road. Bring clippers. Co-sponsored by Garden Club of Honolulu. $15, plus $15 supply fee. 988-0456

Honolulu Gift Fair, with more than 300 booths, 3-9 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Neal Blaisdell Center Exhibition Hall. Free; donate a canned good for the Hawaii Foodbank. 942-3110, honolulugiftfair.com

Art + Flea: fourth annual Ugly Sweater Party, monthly arts market event with more than 60 vintage/handmade/art/music vendors, dancing to live sets by Secret Record Store, Ross Jackson, Jetboy and Scott Ohtoro, live music by The Bougies and Soundblur, ugly-sweater contests and prizes, live art, photo booth and food, 5-10 p.m. today, Fresh Cafe. $3; $2 if wearing tacky holiday sweater. All ages. artandflea.com

Holiday craft fair, with food, wholesale and retail merchandise and made-in-Hawaii products, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Kailua Elementary School. 735-4510, ext. 1

Mililani’s Save the Best for Last craft fair, more than 100 booths, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday at Mililani Uka Elementary School. biggerandbetter.com

Inkodye (UV fabric ink) zipper pouch Christmas gift, for ages 6 and older, 11 a.m.-noon Saturday, treehouse, 250 Ward Ave., Suite 233. $10. 597-8733, treehouse-shop.com

Honolulu Night Market: “Rogue Christmas,” art/music/fashion/food block party features a fashion show by Salt + Sand (8 p.m.), the Red Bull MXT DJ truck, the fifth annual Hurley and Contrast magazine Anti Canvas boardshort art showcase, and 15 food vendors, 6-11 p.m. Saturday, 683 Auahi St., Kakaako. Free. All ages. 772-3020, honolulunightmarket.com

Craft, Gift & Rubberstamp Expo plus Crafter’s Clearance Sale, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, Neal Blaisdell Center, Hawaii Suites. Free.

FOR PETS

Pet Photo Night, cats and dogs only, 6-9 p.m. Monday, Ala Moana Center (across from Centerstage). Packages start at $22.99.

AT THE MALLS

Ala Moana:

» Photos with Santa: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and until 6 p.m. Sundays. Packages start at $22.99.

» Mele Trees of Light: Sing along to holiday tunes as five Christmas trees display glimmering, dancing lights at Centerstage, nightly at 6, 6:30, 8, 8:30, 9 and 9:30 p.m. through Monday.

Kahala Mall:

» Santa’s Candyland, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. through Monday. Santa takes daily one-hour breaks at 1 and 5 p.m. Packages start at $20.

Pearlridge Center:

» Photos with Santa: Downtown Center Court. 9 a.m.-8 p.m. through Monday. Santa takes daily one-hour breaks at 2 p.m. Packages start at $25.

» Pearlridge Express: Through Dec. 31, keiki under 4 feet tall may ride a custom-built train, Uptown Center Court. 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday, until 6 p.m. Sunday. $3; $25 for 10-ticket booklet.

Ward Centers:

» Santa’s Beach House: Through Tuesday, with activities for keiki, photos, noon-8 p.m. Monday-Saturday and until 6 p.m. Sunday, Level 3 near Ward Stadium 16 theaters. Photo packages start at $19.99.

Windward Mall:

» Photos with Santa: 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Mondays-Saturdays and until 6 p.m. Sundays through Tuesday. Packages start at $21.

» Snow Flurry Tree: Through Tuesday, watch a simulated 15-minute snow flurry at the top of the hour between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily (until 6 p.m. Sundays, except during extended holiday hours) at Center Court.

» “Dear Santa” Letter-Writing Station: Through Tuesday at Center Court during mall hours. All keiki who write a letter will receive a reply in the mail. Postage stamp required.

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