The Coachella Valley is full of fun festivities for the entire family during the holidays without the below freezing temps. Check out some of our favorite things to do as a couple, a family, or by golly if you are just in the holiday spirit and want something to do.

Wildlights at The Living Desert

November 23 – December 24

What better way to spend a crisp winter evening in the desert than at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens. A million colorful, sparkling holiday lights transform the zoo into an enchanting winter wonderland.  Walk hand in hand with your secret Santa or try and keep up with the kids as they run through the tunnel of lights. So, grab a hot cocoa and be prepared to o-o-h and a-h-h like you never have before!


November 22 – January 8

Oh boy! Robolights is defiantly something you’ll be talking about for long after your visit. With, 8.4 million lights and over 4 acres to experience, it is the largest residential light display in the country. Take the tour and find out what happens when you combine Santa Claus with robots, aliens and a few microwaves here and there. Nobody should miss this, shall we say, “extremely interesting” light show. This will be the last year to experience it at this residence so don’t miss out!

Gingerbread Lane

December 8, 15, and 22nd

The second you walk through the gates you’ll enter a winter wonderland of Gingerbread delights! All around Santa’s workshop, you’ll find, gingerbread cookies and hot cider. There is cookie decorating tables and clay ornament painting for the kids. Santa will even be there to meet in person. The kiddos will thank you for not missing this fun family event.

Santa Fly-In at Palm Springs Air Museum

December 8 & 9

Santa arrives by vintage plane and gives out goody bags to children under the wing of a vintage aircraft. Children can have their picture taken with Santa and his Winter Fun land, where they can play in real snow! Children 12 and under get in free with paying adult.

Snowfall at The Garden’s on El Paseo

December 8 – 22

Who says we can’t have a white Christmas in the desert? Stroll through the Gardens on El Paseo every Friday and Saturday this December at 5 or 7pm to experience the sights of snowfall and the sounds of carolers.

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