When you think of a traditional holiday season, the Hawaiian Islands are probably the last place to cross your mind. But, if we’re being honest, we absolutely love spending Christmas in Hawaii. Instead of snowstorms and cold weather, we have beach days — and you’ll still find all of your holiday favorites, from hot chocolate and sugar cookies to twinkling lights and holiday festivals. You’ll also find a variety of unique Christmas traditions you’ll only find in Hawaii, including this magical boat parade in Hawaii Kai you’re sure to love.

The 22nd Annual Festival of Lights Boat Parade will be held on Saturday, December 15 from 3 to 7 p.m. at Hawaii Kai Towne Center (333 Keahole St., Honolulu, HI 96825). For more information, click here.

If you live on Maui and want to celebrate Christmas, head to Lahaina, where you’ll find the expansive Banyan Tree Court covered in thousands of glittering lights. If you don’t have time to steal away to visit any of Hawaii’s holiday attractions this year, don’t worry: just listen to these nine Hawaiian Christmas songs instead. Mele Kalikimaka!

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