Moana Surfrider, a Westin Resort & Spa, Oahu, HawaiiCourtesy Moana Surfride rA Westin Resort Spa
With a prime beachfront location, this luxurious Hawaiian legend opened in 1901; today, it’s the oldest hotel in Waikiki. For the holidays, the property is illuminated brilliantly, both inside and out, with over 10,000 flickering lights that celebrate the season. Check it out to see if it can compare to the five of the country’s best holiday light displays. At the grand entrance, an exquisitely festive Christmas tree attracts the attention of guests, as it transforms the lobby into a winter wonderland filled with the Aloha spirit. Throughout the Moana Surfrider, eight additional trees are decorated beautifully and on display in the common areas and picturesque courtyard. Over 700 feet of garland is wrapped around the property’s striking pillars and red and white poinsettias adorn the many flower beds.
The Culver Hotel, Culver City, CACourtesy The Culver Hotel
Located in a vibrant Southern California neighborhood, the historic Culver Hotel is a flatiron-style building that opened in 1924 and is especially festive during the holiday season. With renaissance revival design details, soaring 20-foot ceilings and vintage yet modern ambiance, the hotel’s grand lobby features a gorgeous Noble fir tree to celebrate the season. As a national landmark, the property is adorned with fresh wreaths, colorful garlands, and robust poinsettia plants. Festive dinners feature hearty dishes, yuletide cocktails, and live music by the lobby fireplace or with friends at the communal table in the Crystal Room.