The Lights on Rice parade is part of an entire series of festive holiday events at the Kauai Historic County Building, located less than three miles from the resort. The free events, which are open to the public, run December 6 through December 28, and on Friday and Saturday evenings, invite visitors to view a magical indoor display and take photos with Santa.
This year’s event features the theme “Santa’s Gone Kauaian,” with a focus on sustainability through trash-to-treasure art installations along with unique event classics such as the SPAM Can Tree and Surfin’ Santa.
The event—founded in 1997 by local artist Elizabeth Freeman—is produced by volunteers, and what started as 400 attendees has now grown to over 4,000. In fact, this year, two news stations traveled from Honolulu to join in the festivities and to promote the event, which has recently been described by Hawaii.com as “truly a reflection of Kauai’s Spirit of Aloha.”