Most people think of Hawaii as a tropical paradise or the best place to kick off spring break or summer vacation. In the wintertime, while some look forward to cuddling up with hot cocoa by a roaring fire or in a snowy setting, others want to be as far away from the cold as they can. The Hawaiian Islands offer an enticing respite from the chilly climes, making it a sought-after place to celebrate the Christmas season. Despite the premium associated with travel to Hawaii during this time of year, many people still see the advantages of visiting the Aloha State during the holidays. Here are just some of the top reasons why you should considering spending this Christmas with your family in Hawaii.
Escape the Winter Blues: December can be a challenging month. Not only does the end of the calendar year present a stressful time for many professionals striving to meet their goals and deadlines before the break, but even spending time with relatives can sometimes be something you might not always want to do. Running off to the islands might prove to be a perfect way to avoid freezing wintery temperatures, negative feelings and pressures from work. In Hawaii, the sunshine will melt all the worries away, and though travel prices can sometimes be high, some hotels offer package deals and incentives for their guests during the holiday season.
Experience the Holidays Island-Style: Visiting Hawaii is an unparalleled experience, whatever time of the year it happens to be. While it is certainly a part of America, its distinctive Asia-Pacific culture, tropical landscapes and rich history make it a fascinating place to be. Christmas is an especially exciting time to engage in island life. In Hawaii Santa doesn’t ride in a sleigh with reindeer, he paddles up to the shore in an outrigger canoe. Not only that, but all the regular Hawaiian festivities are still available with a Christmastime twist, including luaus, hula dancing and kalua pig in lieu of Christmas turkey and ham.
Give Amazing Gifts: Instead of wrapping up new toys that are just going to collect dust someday, you can give your family and friends memories they will never forget. Buy your husband that helicopter tour of Kauai or take a trip just you and your son to the active lava zones on the Big Island’s Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. If your sister has always wanted to learn to surf, buy her with some lessons on Waikiki Beach or go for a mother-daughter date and get a Hawaiian lomilomi massage. If being in Hawaii is the gift itself, just lounge on the beach and let the good times roll.
Surf Competitions: Because the winter months bring in some of Hawaii’s most powerful waves, the months of November through February is one of the busiest seasons for the sport of surfing. The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing event occurs through the entire Christmas season, making the North Shore the hot, go-to place to watch the world’s greatest surfing champions battle mighty Hawaiian waves.
Family-focused Events: Even at the resorts and hotels, your children have a greater likelihood of making friends their age at the pool, since people there are more likely to bring their children with them during the holidays. Not only do many hotels offer special Christmas meals, activities and events for their guests, fun can be found even on city streets during the season. There are Christmas parades on every island, ice skating rinks and holiday craft-making fairs where you and the kids can learn to make ornaments out of authentic Hawaiian goods. There are Christmas caroling events, free musical shows and performances all season to help families celebrate together on their vacation. Even if your trip to Hawaii means you miss out on white Christmas at home, celebrating the holiday island-style might become your new favorite Christmas tradition.
Get the Best Hawaii Vacation Package Deals: Because of the holiday season, travel prices will be higher. It is wise to talk with a skilled travel agent who would have access to the best deals available. At Panda Travel our friendly representatives are eager to help you and your family plan your ideal trip to the Aloha State during the holiday season.