Tower Lighting tonight will begin holiday festivities

Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Morale, Welfare and Recreation

Joint Base Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will hold a sleigh-ful of holiday activities this month, beginning tonight.

Joint Base Morale, Welfare and Recreation (MWR) will host the 47th annual tower lighting celebration of the Freedom Tower at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, today. The festivities will begin at 4:30 p.m. at the lawn in front of the tower.

This free family-friendly event will feature live entertainment by the Marine Corps Forces Pacific Band, food booths cooking a variety of meals available for purchase and many activities for the entire family to enjoy.

MWR Child and Youth Programs will provide holiday crafts and bounce houses will be set up for the children. Free cookies and holiday beverages such as hot chocolate, peppermint chocolate milk and eggnog will be available.

Free photos with Santa Claus will also be available beginning at 5 p.m. The MWR Marketing department will take high quality photos for patrons to later download from the Great Life Hawaii website. Photo opportunities are limited and will be closed prior to the tower lighting, which will begin at 7 p.m.

Patrons can bring a blanket or lawn chairs and claim their spot to view the lighting ceremony. No pets are allowed at the event. MWR will provide round trip free shuttle service from the BX Garden Shop beginning at 4:15 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for Honolulu City Lights holiday tours. This annual holiday event returns with a festive ride, stopping to see the holiday displays at Honolulu Hale. Hickam departures from the Hickam Information, Tickets and Travel (ITT) office will be from Dec. 8 to 23. Departure times are 6 and 8:30 p.m. The cost for the 6 p.m. tour is $15 per person and the cots for the 8:30 p.m. tour is $10 per person. Those ages 4 and under will be admitted free but the must be in an adult’s lap (one child per adult.)

Pearl Harbor departures from Bloch Arena will be on Dec. 10 and Dec. 19 to 23. Pearl Harbor departure times are 6 and 6:30 p.m. The cost is $15 per person. Those ages 4 and under will be admitted free but the must be in an adult’s lap (one child per adult.).

Private charters are also available. For availability and booking call 448-2295.

Story time with Santa will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Dec. 8 at Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Library, 990 Mills Blvd., building 595. Families of individual augmentee (IA) and deployed/remote Airmen and military are invited to join Santa Claus at the library for a holiday story, photos and activities.

To RSVP, email (subject: Santa) with your name, the number of adults, number of children, and your sponsor’s unit name. For more information, call 474-1999.

Free pictures with Aloha Santa will be held from 8 to 11 a.m. Dec. 10 at Pool 2. Aloha Santa will be available for picture-taking in front of the fountain of the baby pool at Pool 2. There is a limit of one photograph per child. The shallow end of the pool will be open for families, and there will be goodie bags for all. Donations of new, unwrapped toys to the Toys for Tots deposit box are welcome. The Toys for Tots mission is to collect toys each year and distribute them as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community. For more information, call 260-9736.

Lunch and Bowl with Santa will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Dec. 11 at the bowling center on the Hickam side of Joint Base for ages 12 years and younger. The cost is $8 per child. Patrons can get one game of bowling plus shoe rental and a lunch that includes a hot dog, chips and drink. The event is limited to the first 30 authorized patrons. Patrons can call Santa’s helper to sign up. For more information, call 473-2651.

MWR will host a holiday-themed block party from 2 to 4 p.m. Dec. 16 at Wahiawa Annex sports field. Patrons can eat free barbecue and shave ice. The event will also include gingerbread house-making, bounce houses and prize drawings. Contests will include ugly sweater, fitness challenge race and Kan Jam. For more information, call 473-2582.

A free Ugly Sweater 5K race will be begin at 7 a.m. Dec. 17 at Hickam Fitness Center. The event is open to Joint Base active duty military, their families and Department of Defense civilians. Prizes will be awarded to the winner in the following categories: men, women, youth boys and girls ages 17 and under, men’s and women’s stroller.

No preregistration is required and patrons are encouraged to wear their ugly sweater. For more information, call 448-2214.

A free Hawaiian ornament-making family night will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at the Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam Teen Center, 100 McChord St., building 1859. The event is open to families of teens. Light snacks will be served. For more information, call 448-0418.

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