'Tis the season: 25 things to do this yuletide...

November 27th, 2009
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The holiday countdown’s under way; haul out your planner and start celebrating.
Here are 25 yuletide things to consider:

1 — “A Merry Christmas With Friends and Nabors,” 7:30 p.m. today and tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Hawaii Theatre. Jim Nabors assembles a cast of 100, including Jimmy Borges, Phillip Huber & the Huber Marionettes, Karen Keawehawai’i, Emma Veary and Guy Merola. $25-$75. 528-0506, www.hawaiitheatre.com.
2 — Waikiki Holiday Parade, 7 p.m. today, Fort DeRussy to Kapi’olani Park, via Kalakaua (kahako over second a) Avenue. Free.
3 — Three great Christmas fairs: Islandwide Christmas Crafts & Food Expo, 5 to 10 p.m. today, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. tomorrow, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Blaisdell Center; Mission Houses Holiday Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. tomorrow and Sunday, Mission Houses Museum; Christmas in Honolulu, 5 to 8:30 p.m. Dec. 1, Japanese Cultural Center of Hawaii’s Manoa Grand Ballroom.
4 — Mele Tree of Lights, a 10-minute holiday show, 6 p.m. daily now through Dec. 24, Center Court, Ala Moana Center. Five trees glow with holiday music. Free.
5 — “Winter Wonderettes,” a musical, 8 p.m. today, 2 and 8 p.m. tomorrow, 2 p.m. Sunday, Manoa Valley Theatre. Extended Dec. 3-6. $35 general, $30 seniors and military, $20 those 25 and under. 988-6131, manoavalleytheatre.com.
6 — Santa’s German Gingerbread Village, created by chef Ralf Bauer, now on view at the Sheraton Princess Kai’ulani hotel lobby. Bauer hosts a free make-your-own-house session at 10:30 a.m. Dec. 1, 3, 8, 10, 15, 17 and 22.
7 — Kaimuki Christmas parade, 6 to 8 p.m. Dec. 3, starts at Saint Louis/Chaminade campus, travels on Wai’alae Avenue to Koko Head Avenue. First of many community parades; full list, http://www.honolulu.gov/dts/usage/07/dec07.htm
8— “White Christmas,” a musical based on the Irving Berlin film, Dec. 4 to 23, Diamond Head Theatre. 8 p.m. Dec. 4 and 5, 4 p.m. Dec. 6; 8 p.m. Dec. 10, 11, 12; 4 p.m. Dec. 13 and 20; 3 p.m. Dec. 12 and 19. Extended dates 7:30 p.m. Dec. 21, 22, 23. $12-$42. 733-0274, www.diamondheadtheatre.com.
9 — “FRANKincense & Mirth,” Frank DeLima’s Christmas concert, Dec. 4, C’est Si Bon, Pagoda hotel. Buffet dinner, 6 p.m.; show, 7:30 p.m. $50 adults, $25 keiki 3 to 10. 948-8370.
10 — “Honolulu City Lights,” opening Dec. 5, City Hall and downtown corridor. Mayor Mufi Hannemann and wife Gail Mukaihata Hannemann flick on the switch, Amy Hanaiali’i (kahako over first a, okina btn two i’s) sings; preceded by holiday parade on King Street, from River to Alapai Streets; Jubilation Celebration from 7:30 p.m. at Skygate. Through Jan. 3. Free.
11 — “Maluhia,” Keali’i Reichel’s Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Blaisdell Concert Hall. With Halau Ke’alaokamaile and 2009 Miss Aloha Hula Henohea Kane, plus Ho’okena. $30-$68. www.ticketmaster.com.
12 — Kamehameha Schools Christmas concert, 4:30 and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 5, Hawaii Theatre. Free, but tickets required. 528-0506.
13 — “A Cazimero Christmas,” the Brothers Cazimero’s Christmas concert, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 11 and 12 and 2 p.m. Dec. 13, Hawaii Theatre. With Leina’ala Kalama Heine, Mary Gutzi, the Royal Dance Company, Halau Na Kamalei O Lilihelhua. $30-$75. 528-0506, www.hawaiitheatre.com.
14 — Breakfast With Santa, a Prevent Child Abuse Hawaii event for kids, Dec. 12, Japanese Cultural Center’s Manoa Ballroom. Breakfast option, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.; lunch, noon to 2 p.m.; $20 includes meal, Santa photo, costumed characters like Winnie-the-Pooh and Mickey Mouse. 951-0200, www.preventchildabusehawai.org.
15 — “Nutcracker,” by Hawaii State Ballet, Dec. 11-13, Dec. 18-20, at 7 p.m. Fridays, 2:30 and 7 p.m. Saturdays and 1 and 4 p.m. Sundays, Mamiya Theatre, Saint Louis School. $18-$30. 550-8457, www.hawaiistateballet.com/tickets.
16 — “Nutcracker,” by Hawaii Ballet Theatre, 7 p.m. Dec. 12, 4 p.m. Dec. 13, 2 and 7 p.m. Dec. 19 and 4 p.m. Dec. 20, Leeward Community College Theatre. http://lcctheatre.hawaii.edu/all_events.html.
17 — Gingerbread Family Festival, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. or 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Dec. 13, Blaisdell Exhibition Hall. Share a table, make at Blaisdell; or buy a package to make at home, the latter available for pickup from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Easter Seals, 710 Green St. 958-4000, www.eastersealshawaii.org.
18 –“Nutcracker,” by Ballet Hawaii, at 8 p.m. Dec. 18, 7:30 p.m. Dec. 19 and 2 p.m. Dec. 20, Blaisdell Concert Hall. With Megan Fairchild and Andrew Veyette as the Sugar Plum Fairy and Cavalier, John Selya as Drosselmeyer. Opening night VIP package: $150, includes pre-show dinner (drinks extra), VIP seating, après-show reception (call 521-8600); $35-$75; at the Blaisdell box office or www.ticketmaster.com, 800-745-3000.
19 — Jay Larrin’s Christmas concert, from 11:30 a.m. Dec. 19, Captain’s Room, Hawaii Prince Hotel. Buffet at 11:30 a.m., concert at 1 p.m. $47.50. 371-2910.
20 —Honolulu Boy Choir’s “Merriest Hawaiian Christmas” concert, Dec. 19, Central Union Church. With Royal Hawaiian Band, 6:30 p.m.; Kenny Endo’s Taiko Youth Group of the Pacific, 7 p.m.; and Boy Choir, 7:15 p.m. Free. Also the Boy Choir performs at 4 p.m. Dec. 20 in a Na Mele No Na Pua Kama’aina concert at the Grand Lanai, Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk.
21 — “Mele Kalikimaka With Hapa,” 7:15 p.m. Dec. 23, at The Veranda, Kahala Resort. Seating from 5:30 p.m. $50 includes Christmas dessert buffet. 739-8760, or e-mail restaurants@kahalaresort.com.
22 — Candy Cane Train, a choo-choo ride for kids 12 and under, from one end of the mall to the other, Ala Moana Center. Daily through Dec. 2. $7.
23 — Sand sculpture depicting local-boy Santa with two hula maidens, part of a holiday tradition, on view near the guest elevators, Sheraton Waikiki hotel.
24 — “Stomp!,” the international percussion sensation, Dec. 22 through Jan. 3, Hawai’i Theatre. Showtimes vary, but there is an 8 p.m. show Christmas Day. $32-$52 most shows. 528-0506, www.hawaiitheatre.com.
25 — Keiki author afternoon tea, noon to 4 p.m. Dec. 29, The Veranda, Westin Moana Surfrider hotel. Tammy Yee reads from her “Baby Honu’s Incredible Journey,” with special tea service. $40 adults, $50 keiki (includes a book). 921-4600, e-mail trdrc.hawaii.starwoodhotels.com. Divine way to end the year.

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