Paradise Unwrapped: 8 Festive Things to Do on Maui in December

Posted on: December 5, 2023

Whether you’re looking to escape cold, gloomy weather or just want a change of scenery this season, Maui is the perfect destination for you and your loved ones to spend the holidays! With its stunning scenery, warm hospitality, and abundance of holiday activities, Maui will make this Christmas one you’ll never forget. Let’s take a look at 8 festive things to do on Maui in December:

8 Festive Things to Do on Maui:

Marvel at Majestic Whales: December marks the arrival of humpback whales to Maui’s warm waters. Join a guided boat tour or venture to the beach for a chance to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures breaching and playing in the ocean.

Attend a Christmas Day Beach Luau and Meet Santa: Experience the enchantment of a Christmas luau on Maui, where Kanakaloka (Mr. Claus) arrives in a red canoe, and families enjoy authentic Hawaiian feasts. Don’t miss the opportunity to meet Santa and Mrs. Claus at Wailea Beach for memorable photo ops.

Santa Claus in a canoe flashing shaka on Wailea Beach in Maui, Hawaii.
Santa Claus in a canoe flashing shaka on Wailea Beach in Maui.

Enjoy a Hawaiian Christmas Dinner: Treat your taste buds to an unforgettable culinary journey at one of South Maui’s renowned restaurants, a variety of which are open on Christmas. Delight in a medley of flavors, from fresh seafood delicacies to delectable tropical-inspired dishes.

Shop the Holiday Markets and Stores in Wailea: Uncover the perfect holiday gifts and souvenirs on Maui by visiting the local shops and boutiques. From traditional Hawaiian crafts to modern treasures, Maui offers a shopping haven for every discerning traveler.

Visit the Kula Botanical Gardens: Discover the magic of Christmas at the Kula Botanical Gardens, Maui’s largest grower of Christmas trees. Find the perfect wreaths, centerpieces, and cut greens for your holiday celebrations!

Experience the Tranquility of Haleakala National Park: Venture to the summit of Haleakala via car, on foot or bicycle, where the crisp mountain air and breathtaking panoramic views create an otherworldly experience.

💡 Did you know? While snowfalls are rare at Haleakala compared to Hawaii’s loftier peaks, the summit may occasionally sport a dusting of snow under the right conditions. So, if you’re seeking a taste of winter amidst this tropical paradise, heading to the summit might be just what you’re looking for!

Attend a Christmas Church Service: If you were bummed about missing out on your church service tradition, don’t fret! You can attend church services at Calvary Chapel South Maui, which holds Christmas Eve Candlelight Services at 5:30 p.m. and again at 7:30 p.m., or Hope Chapel in Kihei, which hosts Christmas Candlelight Services starting December 23rd and three candlelight services on December 24th.

Head to the Beach: Switch things up and enjoy a sandy Christmas on the beach. Crack open your latest read, build a snowman out of sand, surf or soak up the sun! There are many fun and festive things awaiting you and your loved ones on Maui.

What’s the Weather Like on Maui in December?

Before you plan your holiday trip to Maui, you may be wondering: what’s the weather like? While December is the coolest month in Hawaii, it’s still pretty warm and sunny with temperatures ranging from mid-80s for highs and high 60s for lows. Packing a light jacket and some pants may come in handy! Read more about Maui weather here.

We hope this list helped you discover all the ways in which you can embrace the holiday spirit this season on Maui! From whale watching to holiday shopping and Christmas feasts, there are many ways you can create unforgettable memories with your loved ones on the shores of paradise. Mahalo for reading and a hui hou!

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