Updated 11/27/2020 - The annual Honolulu City Lights will look different this year, with a drive-by viewing of the holiday decorations at Honolulu Hale that will be on display from Wednesday, Dec. 9 through Sunday Dec. 27.
"We want everybody to be in the holiday spirit, while still staying safe," said Mayor Kirk Caldwell. "Let's all act with care toward one another this holiday season by wearing face coverings, staying six-feet apart, and not gathering in large groups to view the tree and other holiday decorations in front of Honolulu Hale."
The 36th annual Honolulu City Lights will showcase scaled-down holiday decorations that can still bring on feelings of joy, but are meant to discourage large gatherings due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
The city's official 50-foot holiday tree will arrive at Honolulu Hale on Wednesday, Dec. 2, when it will be installed on the front lawn facing King Street.
No opening night festivities are planned this year, which would normally include the mayor's tree lighting ceremony, holiday concert and public workers electric light parade. Other activities not taking place this year include department tree and wreath displays in Honolulu Hale, as well as all vendor booths, amusement rides, nonprofit exhibits, and in-person photos with Santa.
Instead, a virtual tree display will allow viewers to enjoy the collection of holiday creations of 18 city departments. Also, there will be a television-only historic presentation on the making of the Honolulu City Lights. For more information, visit the Honolulu City Lights webpage.
"While safety is our No. 1 priority this year, we are always proud to ring in the holiday season with Honolulu City Lights," said Sheri Kajiwara, director of the city's Department of Customer Services. "We look forward to keeping this tradition going this year with drive-by enjoyment."