Holiday Events in Palm Springs


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Winter holidays are here, and the Palm Springs events calendar is getting crowded! 350 sunny days per year means that the festive forecast is especially bright. In this post, we’ll give you a rundown of the most exciting outings and exhibitions in this visionary Southern California enclave!

For more info on Palm Springs social events, check out our post on Pride Week!

WildLights Holiday Festival – November 25th through December 25th


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Why not take advantage of the clear winter weather with a stroll through glittering light displays? The Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden illuminates the desert ecosystem surrounding Palm Springs. The WildLights Holiday Festival fills the park with over 750,000 glimmering lights, and the park is open from 6-9 p.m. Fridays through Christmas. This kid-friendly celebration also includes crafts, wildlife shows, a carousel, and camel rides.

Festival of Lights Parade – December 3rd


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This Palm Springs tradition is nearly a quarter-century old, and 80,000 spectators line the sidewalks each year. With marching bands, dance troupes, and Mr. and Mrs. Claus as perennial grand marshals, the Palm Springs Festival of Lights has it all. If you’re in town for the weekend, this is the perfect chance to explore downtown.

Indio International Tamale Festival – December 3rd and 4th


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Holidays are all about the delicious eats, right? Tamales are traditionally made in a communal setting, the whole family joining in to help mold these savory cornmeal pastries. At the Indio International Tamale Festival, you can sample artisan tamales made with love by local chefs. The Food Network recently ranked this food festival one of the top ten in America, and offerings include heirloom and fusion recipes. Admission is free, with tamale prices set by vendors.

The Santaland Diaries – November 18th through December 18th


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Before David Sedaris was a bestseller, he was Santa’s most beleaguered little helper. The famously acerbic author played Crumpet the Elf in Macy’s Santaland display, chronicling the harrowing holiday experience in “The Santaland Diaries,” one of his first published essays. “The Santaland Diaries” was adapted into a play by Sedaris and Joe Mantello. Count your blessings with Crumpet weekends through December 18th at the Desert Rose Playhouse.

Palm Springs Village Fest


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The Palm Springs Village Fest runs Thursdays year round, but December means stalls overflowing with ornaments, stocking stuffers, centerpieces, greeting cards, and everything else you need to make the season special.

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Whether you’re looking to shop, sightsee, dine, or party, Palm Springs has you covered this holiday season. Add a few of these events to your list for a memorable celebration!

Are you interested in learning more about events in Palm Springs? At Iconic Properties Palm Springs, we’re glad to show you around this beautiful Southern California city! Contact us for a consultation today!

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