Events and activities

The City and County of Honolulu invites everyone across Oʻahu to the opening night festivities for Honolulu City Lights, on Saturday, December 2, 2023.

The celebration kicks off with a block party at 4:00 p.m., on Punchbowl Street and across the Frank F. Fasi Civic Grounds, featuring food vendors and live entertainment. At 6:00 pm the Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade will start from Aʻala Park and the Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony will begin at the front of Honolulu Hale.  After the tree lighting ceremony, the City Department Tree Exhibit and the Holiday Wreath Contest Exhibit at Honolulu Hale will officially open to the public.


  • City Lights Block Party, 4 pm – 10 pm

  • Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony at Honolulu Hale, 6 pm

  • Public Workers’ Electric Light Parade, 6:30 pm

  • City and County of Honolulu Department Tree Exhibit, Honolulu Hale Courtyard, 7 pm – 10 pm

  • Wreath Contest Exhibition, Honolulu Hale Lane Gallery, 7pm – 10 pm

  • Skygate Concert, 7 pm – 10 pm

  • Photo with Santa, inside the Mission Memorial Auditorium, 7:30 pm – 10 pm

Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony

December 2, 2023, 6:00 pm   Join Mayor Rick Blangiardi in officially kicking off the holiday season and Honolulu City lights, with the lighting of

Skygate Concert Stage

December 2, 2023, 7:00 pm Frank F. Fasi Civic Center, near the Skygate sculpture Enjoy live music at the Skygate Stage, and get into the holiday spirit

City Department Tree Exhibit

Honolulu Hale Courtyard Open from 7 pm – 10 pm on December 2nd, and then 7:45 am – 10:00 pm daily, from December 3rd to