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This article is written by a student writer from the Her Campus at Hawaii chapter.

There’s nothing better than doing some fun, seasonal activities with your friends, significant other, or family! I’ve listed five holiday activities that I do every single year and have never had a bad time.

Holiday Light Show

If you’re a fan of holiday lights, like me, then this activity is meant for you. Either held in a walk-through or drive-through style, holiday light shows are the best! This is a great time to dress up in some festive clothes and see some pretty lights and decorations. If you are on Oʻahu, then you can attend the Show Aloha Land at the Aloha Stadium. If you are not here for the holidays, look up your local holiday light show and attend!

Neighborhood Drive Throughs

If you’re more into wearing your PJs than getting all dressed up, then this may be more your style. Download the Nextdoor or ChristmasPrism app to find the houses in your city that are participating in festive holiday lights and decorations. Grab a friend, some snacks, and take a drive to find the most decorative house in the neighborhood!

Pet Photos with Santa

I don’t usually take photos with Santa, but I love getting my dog dressed up to take photos with Santa! If you have a furry friend, take a look at your local mall to see if they do pet photos with Santa. You may get a laugh out of this one but don’t forget to bring treats! If you’re located on Oʻahu, Windward Mall will be doing pet photos with Santa on Sunday, December 19th from 11:30 – 2:00 PM.

Holiday Themed Pop-Up Restaurants

Since they’re only around once a year, why not go and get some festive food and drinks at your local holiday restaurant? My two favorite pop-ups on Oʻahu are The Christmas Bar in Waikīkī and Sippin’ Santa at the Prince Waikīkī. You definitely won’t want to wait until next year to try these hot spots!

Holiday Gift Giving

My last holiday tradition is signing up for either a local or national holiday gift giving. This year I chose to sign up for Kahala Mall and The Salvation Army’s Angel Tree. There’s nothing better than giving back to the community by picking out a person’s Christmas list and going shopping for their gifts. It’s not too late to sign up! If your local mall does not participate in a Holiday Gift Giving, then take a look at the United States Postal Service’s Operation Santa to adopt a letter.

I hope you will be able to try out some of these ideas if you haven’t before. And that you’re able to adopt some of these activities and make them annual traditions with your loved ones!

Aloha! My name is Keilyn and I am a Graduate Student studying Public Health at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. I enjoy going to the beach, reading mystery books, cooking, and playing with my puppy, Kaiba! I love being on the HER Campus Hawaii Team and sharing my stories!