Tonga Hut's Tiki Wonderland - A Tropical Holiday Celebration

This past weekend, the Tonga Hut in North Hollywood held its 11th annual Tiki Wonderland event. We've never been able to make it out for this holiday celebration before so we were excited that our schedule was finally free this year! There was a lot to see and do as the Tonga Hut and the vendors on site filled the day with holiday cheer. Check out our brief recap! 

The vendor list for the day included so many great artists and sellers of tiki fashions and wares! Here are some of the folks who were there: Red Belle's Boutique, Clee Sobieski, TikiSwag, Meteor Jewelry Co., Jeremy Costello, Eric October, Raw Formed Jewelry, Tiki Gonzo, Fancy Fruits, Tiki Al, Black Cat Atomic Treasures, B-Rex, Retro Ruthie, Woody Miller, Jungle Modern Ceramics, Bumboola Mugs, In The Kiln, and Ron Monster.

We enjoyed window shopping and had trouble not buying so many of the things we saw (we had promised to stick to a strict budget given all of the holiday shopping we need to do this month). Here were some of our favorites: 

These laser cut tiki Christmas ornaments were super fun! We forget who was vending them so, if someone knows, please tell us and we'll update with credit and a link to their site! 

I've had my eye on a few Meteor Jewelry Co. pieces for a while so it was great to check out all of the great designs they were selling. These "Tahitian" earrings are included in our Tropical & Tiki Inspired Goods gift guide (...and on my Christmas list as well).

We loved this tiki holiday sign! This porthole and tiki stocking were pretty great too.  

Jeremy Costello makes some beautiful tiki-inspired artwork! We've been following him on Instagram (@the_restless_native) so it was great to finally see some of his pieces in person. 

We did manage to pick up a few super affordable finds. On the left: a tiki head wrap from B-Rex inspired by the wallpaper at Trader Sam's Enchanted Tiki Bar (can't wait to get a bathroom selfie wearing it!). On the right: some greeting cards featuring the art of mod tiki artist Clee Sobieski

Beyond the vendors outside, Durango's Tacos was serving up some delicious food (that barbacoa...right?!), the Tonga Hut was selling some great merchandise (like the new Drooling Bastard mug), some tropical holiday tunes were being played, and there was a small group art show where you could vote for "Best in Snow." We chose "Tabu" designed by Heather Welch - how cute!

Inside, the Tonga Hut was offering a limited menu due to the large crowd that the event drew. We enjoyed a Navy Grog, a Jungle Jetsetter, a Painkiller, and a Dark & Stormy. While sipping away at our tropical cocktails, we admired the wintery holiday decor: 

We also loved how festive everyone was with their attire, especially Mr. Tiki Head! 

Shortly after we left, High Tide was set to perform The Ventures' Christmas Album. We're sure it was great fun for everyone that stuck around! 

The holiday season is our favorite time of year to visit the Tonga Hut since they have seasonal specials like Hot Buttered Rum, their decorations really get us in the Christmas spirit, and their retro fireplace warms up the lounge area on cool winter nights. It's easy to feel like you're in a mid-century modern time warp! We'll definitely be back to enjoy our favorite local tiki bar in its holiday splendor within the next week or so. If you live in the Los Angeles area, you should swing by to cozy up to the fire with a delicious tiki drink! 

What are your favorite tiki bars to visit during the holiday season? Let us know in the Comments section below!