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Six Reasons to Spend the Holidays on the North Shore

Posted on Sat, 2019/11/02 - 10:29pm by Jessica Gellert

Christmas Pineapple

Every holiday season all the attention is on the North Pole, but we know a much cooler place to be this Christmas - The North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii!

Hear us out. Sure, Turtle Bay Resort doesn’t have snow, but it has reindeer, elves and even Jolly good ol’ St. Nick! If you are ready to trade in frostbite for sun kisses, keep reading.

Here’s 6 Reasons Why You Should Celebrate With Us at Turtle Bay Resort

Christmas horses

1. Giddy-up with a Reindeer Ride
Giddy up, giddy up, let’s go! Our horses, we mean reindeer, will take you on a whimsical ocean view trail ride. Skip the snow and enjoy the sand as your reindeer friend has you feeling giddy thanks to the ocean air kissing your cheeks. These North Shore Christmas excursions begin December 21 and run through Christmas Eve. Rides are daily at 1:30 p.m. Make sure you bring your camera! There will be a special opportunity to capture holiday photos the perfect souvenir of your Christmas in Hawaii!

Learn more about Reindeer Rides

Shave ice turtle bay resort hawaii

2. Eat Hawaiian Snow, AKA Shave Ice
Did you know we have snow on Oahu’s North Shore!? Okay, it’s not real snow. It’s actually a sweet treat that is perfect to cool down with any time of year. It’s called shave ice. It looks like a snow cone. The ice is shaved into thin flakes, packed into a ball and then covered in fantastic flavors that melt in your mouth. Our favorite tropical flavors are pinacolada, lilikoi, gauva, pineapple and banana. You may also want to try a flavor the locals love- li hing mui. Li hing mui is a dried plum that has a combination of sweet, salty and tangy favors. The historic town of Haleiwa is just a 20-minute coastal drive away from Turtle Bay Resort and is famous for this sweet treat.

Here’s our guide to shave ice stops.

Pono Turtle Bay Resort Christmas

3. Take a Christmas Hike with Pono
On Christmas Eve Pono, Turtle Bay Resort’s Cheif Canine Ambassador, will spread cheer with a special hike. Pono is Turtle Bay’s version of a big, cuddly Polar Bear. The 1.5 mile round trip stroll will have all involved enjoying the non-winter wonderland of Turtle Bay Resort. 

Not here for Christmas Eve? Pono goes on weekly hikes with our guests every Tuesday and Thursday at 10 a.m.

Santa Kayak

3. Surf or Kayak with Santa’s Helpers
Why snowboard when you can surf or kayak? We’ve spotted Santa himself hanging ten off our pool bar. He likes to hang out at Turtle Bay before he makes his journey around the world spreading Christmas cheer. You can learn to surf with Rocky and his surfing dogs, which is always a fun and memorable outing, no matter what time of year. We also offer kayaking and canoeing at the pristine Kawela Bay Santa style, with festive red hats. Show your Christmas spirit with a family photo kayaking in Santa hats!

Santa Hat Kayaking

5. Get Artistic and Create a Masterpiece
Grab a paintbrush and create a cheerful, Hawaiian Christmas themed work of art – the perfect souvenir to your holiday retreat. Not an artist? No problem! Our pro will teach you how to paint step by step. Enjoy a glass of wine and cheese platter to complete the mood. The Paint Paina sessions will be available several days a week. We highly suggest signing up in advance as this is an intimate painting class and will sell out.

Holiday Paint Party Sign-Up


6. Hangout with Santa and his Elves
Santa isn’t the only one who likes to chill during Christmas in Oahu. Some of his elves are staying at Turtle Bay and will be spreading Christmas cheer around the resort.

  • Dec. 22, 9 - 11 a.m. Santa will be taking a break from the hustle and bustle of the holidays and join us for breakfast. 

  • Dec. 24, 5 - 7:30 p.m. Elves will be decorating cookies with guests on Christmas Eve. All ages are welcomed! Make sure you save some for Santa!

Oh, but there’s more! See all of our holiday events here.

Of course, there are other things you could do in Hawaii that you can’t do anywhere else during Christmas. How about hanging your stocking on a great, big coconut tree? You could make sand angels. Have you ever made a sand man?  You could even decorate a pineapple. 

What are you looking forward to the most when it comes to your Christmas in Hawaii? Share in the comment section below or reach out to us on our social media accounts @TurtleBayResort.