ONE OF THE MOST enjoyable parts of the holiday season isn't gift-getting, gingerbread house-making, or tree-decorating -- it's perusing those eye-catching holiday decorations throughout the city of Huntington Beach and capturing those holiday moments. This time of year, Surf City USA shopping centers, hotels, and attractions go all out to make sure you'll check out their decorations, take an image, and post it on social media. From holiday sandcastles that will make your jaw drop to beautiful lit-up trees and lights, here are eight of the most amazing holiday decorations in Huntington Beach that you should check out this holiday season.  

1. The Pasea Hotel & Spa Ice Skating Rink 

Pasea Hotel and Spa Skating Rink

Nothing says "winter wonderland in Huntington Beach" like ice skating where the sand meets the snow. You'll get that quintessential west coast feel at Paséa Hotel & Spa oceanfront ice rink. You can skate by the ocean and watch the sunset and when the weather gets "cold," bundle up by a bonfire pit. Take a picture on the ice rink, by the Christmas tree, or by the bonfire. 

2. The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa Sandcastle

Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa

The Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa is well-known for its sandcastle they display in their lobby every holiday season. Yes, it is made out of real sand. It is truly a work of art!

3. The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel Big Beach Chair 

The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel in Huntington Beach

This year, The Waterfront Beach Resort, a Hilton Hotel decorated their big beach chair located in their lobby as well as their entire property with holiday decorations. Walkthrough their beautiful property and take many pictures of yourself celebrating the holidays in paradise. 

4. The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort Lobby

Kimpton Shorebreak Resort & Spa in Huntington Beach

Photo Credits: Madison Perry

The Kimpton Shorebreak Resort in Huntington Beach always has an impressive lobby, and this year the hotel is continuing its tradition. Their lobby is heavily decorated with lights and a holiday tree. Make sure to spot by and take many pictures. 

5. Downtown Huntington Beach Holiday Tree

Downtown Huntington Beach

Being the hub of Huntington Beach, expectations are pretty high for Downtown Huntington when it comes to holiday decorations. This year, Downtown Huntington Beach has a beautifully decorated holiday tree with presents underneath with palm trees lit up throughout the street as well. Take lots of pictures, order takeout at one of the delicious restaurants, and shop at the unique stores. 

6. The Snowflakes on The Huntington Beach Pier

Huntington Beach Pier

Photo Credits: Craig Larson

For the 24th year in a row snowflakes light up the Huntington Beach Pier. Each snowflake is sponsored by the local community for the Light a Light of Love event by the Huntington Beach Youth Shelter, Waymakers OC. Donations raised for the snowflakes benefit the struggling youth and homeless of Orange County. The fundraiser brightens up the pier through the holiday season as a beacon of light and hope. It's the most popular photo spot during the holidays for visitors and residents. 

7. Pacific City 

Huntington Beach Holiday Photo Moments

Pacific City is well-known for its beautiful views and architectural details that make the shopping center gorgeous year-round, but, every year, the beauty of the decor kicks up a notch with the holiday season. With two big Christmas trees and a holiday-decorated airstream, there are many places to take a holiday photo here. You can also take a photo with Santa. See Santa's schedule here. 

8. Bella Terra

Bella Terra in Huntington Beach

The holidays in Bella Terra are in full swing with decorations surrounding the large shopping center. With a beautifully lit Christmas Tree in the center and photos with Santa, there is no shortage of places to take a holiday photo. Shop and dine after you walked around the center and looked at the incredible decorations. Discover their holiday event schedule here.