Big Island Year-End Events: 2023

The Big Island buzzes with excitement as 2023 draws to a close, hosting an array of events from the artistic Volcano Village Art Studio Tour to the enchanting Downtown Hilo Christmas Lights Parade. Highlights include the melodious Waimea Christmas Chorus and the vibrant Hōlualoa Music and Light Festival, capturing the festive spirit of Hawaii. These celebrations, alongside weekly farmers markets and cultural events, offer a unique blend of Hawaiian tradition and holiday cheer.

Top Events Happening This Holiday Season 2023 on the Big Island

Thanksgiving Weekend at Volcano Village Art Studio Tour

  • Date: Nov 24th-26th
  • Location: 19-3834 Old Volcano Rd, Volcano (Volcano Garden Arts)
  • Details: Connect with local artists in Volcano Village and explore unique art pieces.

Downtown Hilo Christmas Lights Parade 2023

  • Date: Nov 25th, 6:00PM
  • Location: Downtown Hilo
  • Details: A fun family outdoor event. For more, visit www.hilolightparade.com.

Waimea Christmas Chorus – Sing in the Season

  • Date: Nov 26th, 3PM-5PM
  • Location: Kahilu Theater, 67-1186 Lindsey Rd. Kamuela, HI 96743
  • Details: Enjoy holiday music at the Kahilu Theatre. Tickets at kahilu.org.

Hōlualoa Music and Light Festival

  • Date: December 2nd, 5:30 PM- 8:30 PM
  • Location: Hōlualoa Town
  • Details: Holiday lights and art openings. Visit holualoavillage.com for more.

Jazz in the Forest

  • Date: December 2nd
  • Location: Volcano Art Center’s Niaulani Campus
  • Details: December concert “Holiday Spirit – Go Tell It On The Mountain” with Jean Pierre Thoma and the Jazztones. Call (808) 967-8222 for info.

Na Makua Invitational Christmas Gift Fair

  • Date: December 2nd-3rd, 3 PM – 8 PM
  • Location: 350 Kalanikoa St, Hilo (Edith Kanakaole Tennis Stadium)
  • Details: Features live performances, food, and crafts.

63rd Annual Waimea Twilight Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 2nd, 5:30 PM
  • Location: Waimea Town, Kamuela, Hawaii
  • Details: A family-friendly outdoor event. Traffic disruptions expected.

Kohala Night Market

  • Date: December 6th, Every 1st Wednesday of the month, 4PM-7PM
  • Location: 55-514 Hawi Road
  • Details: A blend of farmers market, food, and music.

37th Annual Kailua-Kona Community Christmas Parade

  • Date: December 9th, 5PM
  • Location: Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona, Hawaii
  • Details: Traffic disruptions are anticipated. Plan your visit accordingly!

Coastal Cleanup at Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor North

  • Date: December 10th, 8:30 AM – 10 AM
  • Location: Kawaihae Small Boat Harbor North, near Kohala Divers at 61-3665 Akoni Pule-Hwy, Kawaihae
  • Details: Volunteer cleanup event. Visit keeppuakobeautiful.com for details.

Kōkua Kailua Village Stroll

  • Date: December 10th, 1 PM to 6 PM
  • Location: Ali‘i Drive, Kailua-Kona
  • Details: Pedestrian-only marketplace with a free Hawaiian music concert at 4 PM at Hulihe‘e Palace.

Hawaiian Steel Guitar Festival

  • Date: December 13-15th
  • Location: Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection
  • Details: Free festival with performances and workshops. Visit hawaiisteelguitarfestival.com.

Hawaii Nei Art Exhibition

  • Date: Until December 15th; 10 AM – 2 PM
  • Location: 200 Piopio St, Hilo (Wailoa Center)
  • Details: Featuring local artists’ works on Hawaii’s native species.

Kalani Pe‘a’s Purple Hawaiian Christmas

  • Date: December 15th
  • Location: Kahilu Theater
  • Details: GRAMMY winner Kalani Pe‘a’s holiday concert. Call (808) 885-6868 for more.

Home for the Hilo Days

  • Date: December 16th – 18th
  • Location: 38 Haili St, Hilo (Palace Theater)
  • Details: A holiday concert fundraiser.

Jingle Bell Beach Run

Photo courtesy: Jingle Bell Beach Run-Kona

  • Date: December 17th, 7:30AM-9AM
  • Location: Ali’i Drive, Kailua-Kona
  • Details: Themed costumes and family-friendly. Visit kona5k.com for info.

Weekly Farmers Markets:

  • Keauhou Farmers Market: Saturdays, 8AM – 12PM at 78-6831 Ali’i Dr, Kailua-Kona.
  • Hilo Farmers Market – Big Market Days: Wednesdays and Saturdays, 7AM – 3PM at Kamehameha Ave and Mamo St, Hilo.
  • Volcano Village Farmers Market: Sundays, 6AM – 10AM at 19-4030 Wright Road, Volcano.
  • Kamuela Farmers Market: Saturdays, 7:30AM – 1:00PM at Pukalani Stables, 67-139 Pukalani Road, Kamuela HI 96743.
  • Waimea’s Town Market: Saturdays, 7:30AM – 12 noon at Waimea Town Market at Parker School.

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