Dreaming of anything but a white Christmas? Escape the harsh winter weather of your home town with a trip to warm and sunny Palm Springs! In Palm Springs, we know how to celebrate the beloved winter holiday with style. Read on below for more information on why you should have a Christmas in Palm Springs this year!
Experience Christmas in the Desert
From our famously mild temperatures and gorgeous desert scenery, to our enthusiastic parade and party culture, celebrating Christmas in Palm Springs is truly a one-of-a-kind experience. Whether you’re traveling with family and friends or embarking on a romantic escape with that special someone in your life, there’s something for everyone in Palm Springs.
Fun Things to Do in Palm Springs for Christmas
The excitement for Christmas begins early in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley region, with many beloved attractions and events up starting as early as Thanksgiving weekend.
Begin the holiday season on a high note with Wildlights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, which is open nightly from Black Friday through Christmas Eve.
In early December, Temple Sinai of Palm Desert begins their public Hanukkah celebrations by serving hot cocoa, latkes, and Hanukah Gelt, as well as hosting arts and crafts and a choral performance from the Temple Sinai school children.
On Fridays and Saturdays from early to mid-December, the Coachella Valley History Museum hosts their Holiday Glow event, which includes exquisite holiday decorations, entertainment, the Polar Express Train, holiday treats, gingerbread houses, and more.
Watch Santa arrive at Palm Springs by vintage airplane at the Palm Springs Air Museum and bring the snow with him!
Also hosted on Fridays from early December until right before Christmas Eve is El Paseo’s Snowfall at the Gardens, where you and your guests can listen to carolers and see the rare sight of snow in the desert. El Paseo also hosts their annual Christmas Walk in early December, as well as a live music concert of Elvis’ greatest songs during Celebrate the Season.
Even your pup can join in on the fun, with Paws N Claus in mid-December and the Santa Paws 5K just before Christmas.
Finally, you won’t want to miss all of the tree lightings and parades around Palm Springs. The Festival of Lights Parade in early December is one of the highlights of the season, as well as the annual Coachella Holiday Parade. Palm Desert kicks off the season first in mid-November, followed by Indio, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, The Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, Coachella, La Quinta, and Desert Hot Springs.