Palm Springs is like a winter oasis. Escape your frigid local weather and dreary gray skies and head out to Palm Springs for the winter, where the weather is mild, and the spirit is bright. Enjoy all the magic of the winter season here in the treasure of Coachella Valley. Make sure to set aside time for the seasonal events in Palm Springs that we’re most excited for:

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

December 7th, 5:45pm

  1. Palm Canyon Dr.

This annual celebration has been around for almost three decades and is adored by the whole community here in Palm Springs. It’s one of our favorite parts of the season, and we’re eager to share it with visitors, of which there are an estimated 100,000! Check out the signature floats, giant balloons, and more. This holiday parade is a beloved tradition and you won’t want to miss it.


November 29th — December 28th

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens

You haven’t seen the zoo until you’ve seen it transformed into a winter wonderland of sparkling fairy lights. Come and let yourself be dazzled by over a million colorful lights and the life-size glowing animal lanterns. Top this off with carousel rides, animal encounters, and in some cases, live entertainment, and you’ll have yourself one truly unforgettable winter’s evening with one of the best events in Palm Springs. 

Desert Arts Festival

November 29th — December 1st

Frances Stevens Park

This is a great way to get out on the town and enjoy the height of winter here in Palm Springs. At this festival you’ll find various one-of-a-kind works of art, ranging from paintings to photography to glass, clay, metal, and more. It’s an absolute treasure to explore.

Palm Springs International Film Festival

January 2nd — January 13th

Palm Springs Convention Center

Every year as the calendar turns to January, The Film Society graces us with The Palm Springs International Film Festival. This event is well-known as the first step on many films’ ways to the Academy Awards, so you won’t want to miss out on this if you’re a film buff. This is a great way to experience the culture of not only Palm Springs, but the entire global community, and it only comes around once a year!

Fill Your Getaway with Endless Events in Palm Springs

While you’re here in Palm Springs you’ll be having the time of your life, and you’ll want the place you’re staying to match the level of fun and beauty you experience during the day. Simply call Palm Springs Getaways at (800) 215-9880 and we’ll help you make that dream a reality.