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Snow forecast in Lahaina

By Staff | Nov 25, 2009

There will also be a six-foot-tall, Hawaiian-style snowman at the festival. Bring your cameras to take photos of family and friends with the popular snowman donated by Lahaina Ice Company.

LAHAINA — Dreaming of a “White Christmas” in Lahaina?

On Saturday, Dec. 5, LahainaTown Action Committee will again bring snow to our tropical landscape for the annual Holiday Lighting of the Banyan Tree & Snow Festival.

The event will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday, and continue on Sunday, Dec. 6, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. with a holiday arts and craft fair.

For Saturday’s festivities, several tons of snow (being produced by Valley Isle Seafood) will brought to Lahaina in a refrigerated truck.

Keiki ages 2-12 will be able to enter the Snow Zone to frolic and delight in a tropical winter wonderland.

The Snow Zone will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Admission is a canned or boxed food donation for the Light Bringers to help feed the less fortunate in West Maui.

At 6:30 p.m., Lahaina’s historic landmark tree will be lit with thousands of colored lights in its annual tradition. Simultaneously around Banyan Tree Park, The Wharf Cinema Center and Pioneer Inn will light their complexes with Christmas lights for a full-color display in the heart of town.

The holiday lights will remain on each evening through Jan. 1.

The whole family will enjoy entertainment on stage throughout the day. Musical groups from the community will lead the countdown to the lighting ceremony.

Santa Claus will make an appearance to entertain keiki, courtesy of The Wharf Cinema Center.

Festival-goers should plan to arrive early at Banyan Tree Park on Saturday to experience other fun activities, along with a holiday crafts fair by Maui artisans and designers from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be many gift possibilities, just in time for holiday shopping.

Kids won’t want to miss the ”Let’s Do Art Keiki” artist mentor workshops with Lahaina Arts Society between 3 and 5 p.m.

The popular Children’s Cookie Decorating Workshop will be featured from 2 to 4 p.m., courtesy of the Bakery and LahainaTown Action Committee.

The festival is made possible with support from the Pioneer Inn, The Wharf Cinema Center, The Bakery, Valley Isle Seafood and Lahaina Inn-Realtor Toni Johnson.

The event is produced by LahainaTown Action Committee, a nonprofit community organization dedicated to serving the town of Lahaina and West Maui.

For more information, call LahainaTown Action Committee at 667-9193.