10 Magical Reasons to Spend The Holidays In Palm Springs

Posted By: Sarah Romero Thursday, December 17, 2015

Christmas TreePalm Springs is aglow with the holiday spirit all season long. Here are 10 festive, family-friendly Palm Springs activities that will have you feeling merry and bright.


  1. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway (Dec. 19 - Jan. 3): Experience the best view in the city during special holiday hours. The first tram goes up at 8 a.m., the last tram goes up at 8 p.m., and the last tram down leaves at 9:45 p.m.  

  1. WildLights at the Living Desert (Dec. 17 - Dec. 31)Stroll through the Tunnel of Lights, ride the trackless train, and visit with Santa Clause during select dates at the Palm Springs' area's premier zoo and botanical gardens. 

  1. Robolights (through Jan. 8)Sci-fi fans will be dazzled with this shining display of creative work. Viewing the installation is free, but donations are accepted. 

  1. Night Scare Before Christmas (Dec. 18-19, 7:30-10:30 p.m.): Bring the family for a spook-tacular haunted house experience hosted by the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs. Bring an unwrapped toy for a child for $5 off your ticket price 

  1. Little Stars and “Holiday in Palm Springs” (Dec. 19, 7-9 p.m.): Join the Little Stars World Champion Girls Choir and the Palm Springs Orchestra for a free concert at the Palm Springs Christmas Tree in Francis Stevens Park.  

  1. Weekend Yoga and Meditation at The Avalon (Saturdays & Sundays, 8-10 a.m.): Take a break with a stress-relieving yoga or meditation class. Yoga begins at 8 a.m. and meditation begins at 9 a.m. Both classes are free and open to all levels. 

  1. Free Thursday Nights at Palm Springs Art Museum (4-8 p.m.)Enjoy the museum on Thursday evenings for free, courtesy of the City of Palm Springs. 

  1. Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture & Design CenterThe newest campus of the Palm Springs Art Museum is free to the public through July 2017, thanks to an anonymous donor. 

  1. Palm Springs VillageFest (Thursdays 6-10 p.m., excluding Christmas Eve and New Years Eve): Finish last-minute shopping at this outdoor street fair downtown. Admission's free, and it's dog-friendly! 

  1. Explore Downtown on the BUZZ (Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-1 a.m.)Explore the city of Palm Springs with the family for free on the BUZZ trolley. The BUZZ makes 30 stops around downtown Palm Springs and runs on Christmas day!


  • Trudy Thursday, December 17, 2015 13:42 PM

    DANG! I wish this was Palm Springs FLORIDA!!!! What a line up! Good stuff.

  • Nanci Thursday, December 17, 2015 15:18 PM

    Love Palm Springs, use to spend every birthday there. Looks like there are lots of FUN things to do during the Holidays! :)

  • Rae Thursday, December 17, 2015 16:16 PM

    I'd like to do Palm Springs one day..

  • Robert Thursday, December 17, 2015 16:17 PM

    Buzz runs till 1am, not 1pm.

  • Barbara Kwiatkowska-Amerton, PhD, ethnomusicologist, musicologist Thursday, December 17, 2015 18:13 PM

    I enjoyed your site. I live nearby in Beaumont. Diverse donors made wonderful contributions. I am a retired academic and my funds are limited. I am looking forward to your events, especially International Film Festival.

  • Pamela Thursday, December 17, 2015 19:59 PM

    There's only ONE reason I need to spend time in Palm Springs- because I LOVE it!! Last January was my most recent visit. These 10 magical reasons give all of us 10 great excuses to return!

  • Mama Char Friday, December 18, 2015 8:11 AM

    I love Palm Springs!

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