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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.

Help your kids get their minds off another stressful year in school by treating them to an incredible fall break getaway to Palm Springs. Southern California is an amazing place to visit for travelers of all ages and features tons of activities and attractions to enjoy. Here is how you can plan for a fall break getaway to Palm Springs:

Visit The Living Desert Zoo

Get your family out and about with a quick trip over to The Living Desert Zoo. This smaller yet still spacious zoo features over 600 animals for you to see up close. These majestic creatures come from all over the world with exhibits featuring an African safari, Village Watutu, and more. The giraffe feeding exhibit will have your family talking for days to come after these lanky animals lick up food right from your hand! Camel rides and an interactive butterfly exhibit are also available for those interested.

Ride the Aerial Tram

A popular activity no matter the time of the year, riding the aerial tram from Downtown Palm Springs is something you won’t want to miss! This elevated ride is the world’s largest rotating tramcar and gives you an unprecedented look over the city. Finish the ride up to the top of San Jacinto Peak where you can find a delicious restaurant to relax at or take one of the local hiking trails further into the valley.

Get Educational at the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert

Just because your kids are taking a weeklong break from school does not mean they cannot still be educated during this time. Take the family over to the Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert where over 80 hands-on activities await you. Even parents will be surprised with what they will learn about here! We recommend spending the occasional hot day in the fall at this fun and educational learning center.

Splash into Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park

The weather will still be warm enough outside to enjoy an exciting weekend at Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park. You will find a variety of water activities including a lazy river, splash parks, tube slides, and much more. Local tip: Wet ‘n’ Wild Water Park is only open on Saturdays and Sundays during the fall season.

Your Fall Getaway to Palm Springs

These activities and so much more await you and your family in Palm Springs. Get comfortable in one of our exclusive vacation rentals in the area. Our homes are second to none and provide complete guest satisfaction. Call today to find the perfect rental for your family’s getaway to Palm Springs!

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