Finding it hard to get in the Christmas spirit on this subtropical island? Do you miss driving around neighborhoods to look at the different houses decorated with Christmas lights? Then be sure to visit the Itoman Peaceful Illumination festival, happening at Peace Memorial Park in Itoman. Thousands of lights adorn the park in all sorts of shapes and colors. It starts this Friday, December 14, and runs through January 3. Open from 6:30 to 10 pm. Admission is free.

Get outside and enjoy the beautiful flowers at the Hibiscus Festival also starts this Friday, December 14, at Iejima Hibiscus Park, in the Ie Country Club. The festival runs from December 14-23, and is open from 8 to 5 pm . Admission is free.

And, if you like listening to Japanese drums, don’t miss the free Wadaiko Fureai Festival on Sunday, featuring Japanese drum and dance performances. The festival takes place at the Yomitan Culture Center in Otori Hall, and starts at 5 pm. While the concert is free, attendants need to register at the event at get a numbered ticket.