Honolulu City Lights switch on festivities downtown
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Let's see, there's Shaka Santa, Tutu Mele (also known as Mrs. Claus), a really big Christmas tree, the popular Electric Light Parade, holiday displays, more people than you can count ... it's Honolulu City Lights!
Yes, the annual celebration will be launched tonight at Honolulu Hale with food booths and keiki rides from 4 p.m., the tree lighting ceremony at 6 p.m., the arrival of the parade at City Hall at about 6:30 p.m., and a concert at 7:30 p.m., featuring Yvonne Elliman, Raiatea Helm, Pali, Jasmine Trias, Jordan Segundo and Tani Lynn Fujimoto.
There are wreaths and Christmas trees on display inside Honolulu Hale, too. And, of course, all are free to stroll the grounds (don't forget those cameras!).
Admission is free. The lights will burn through Jan. 1. See www.honolulu.gov/csd/citylights.
If you plan to to see "A Merry Christmas with Friends and Nabors" at 7:30 p.m. in the Hawai'i Theatre, get there early. Street closures will begin at 4:30 p.m. to make way for the Electric Light Parade, which hits the road at 6 p.m. at King and River streets.