What to do in Palm Springs over Thanksgiving

From turkey dinner out, to fun light displays, there's plenty to take in

Posted By: Erin Lawrence Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thanksgiving is nearing, and while tradition dictates planning and preparing a huge feast at home, spending time with family, friends, and loved ones, and giving thanks for the good things in life, there’s also many other things to do over the Thanksgiving weekend.

Whether you nix the giant turkey in favor of dining out, or if you’re just looking for some fun family entertainment to amuse visitors and house guests, there are some fun things to do over the holiday, which is Thursday November 24th, 2016.

Dine out

Numerous restaurants in Palm Springs offer dinner service over Thanksgiving, and some even offer turkey and trimmings so you don’t have to do the work. Making reservations is a must, so scope out your spot early.

Le Vallauris Restaurant  
Le Vallauris Restaurant offers three dinner sittings starting at 3pm and going to 7:45, and serves up traditional favorites from pumpkin soup to turkey and pie, plus other options if you’re feeling less than traditional.

Copley's on Palm Canyon
Desert icon Copley's is also serving a feast. Watch for pumpkin tortellini, roast turkey and pecan pie, plus an array of non-traditional dishes too.

Eight4Nine Restaurant & Lounge
You won’t just find turkey on Eight4Nine’s menu, there’s also duck and sea bass too. Desert selections at the restaurant (photo at right) include not just the mandatory pie but pumpkin spice trifle.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway & Peaks Restaurant
For a romantic Thanksgiving meal, ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tram to the top of the mountain and dine at Peaks Restaurant.

Both a fun outing with spectacular views and a special meal, Peaks will be serving both their regular menu and a Thanksgiving dinner. Call for details or to book your spot.

Thanksgiving Weekend Events

Enjoy the long weekend by exploring all the great events happening over the holiday.

Desert Arts Festival
Put a cap on your Thanksgiving weekend with a memorable souvenir sourced from the Desert Arts Festival. Running Thanksgiving weekend November 25 - 27, 2016, the event can be found in Frances Stevens Park from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm. Browse artisan wares, crafts and fine art from dozens of artisans and creators. Best of all; admission and parking are free.

If you want to get your Christmas started as soon as Thanksgiving dinner is over, why not walk off your turkey by taking a stroll past Robolights? This is the 30th year for the quirky holiday light display. It’s on from 4pm to 9:30 nightly at 1077 E Granvia Valmonte
Palm Springs. Several new works are planned for this year, so it’s a good year to visit if you haven’t seen it recently. The display kicks off mid-November and goes until January.

Modernism tour
Of course you can also create your own fun events, like taking a self-guided driving or cycling tour of Palm Springs modernist homes and buildings. Download the ‘Palm Springs Modern’ app for your iPhone or Android device and shuttle yourself around town while you peer back in history to how they lived the Mad Men era.

Hiking & Sightseeing
A desert hike is also a great way to get outdoors, explore and work off some of that stuffing!

One neat option is the windmills west of Palm Springs. The wind farm is one of the largest farms in the US, and energy produced here goes to Palm Springs and surrounding areas including the L.A. region.

Palm Springs Windmill tours takes visitors on informative, 90 minute jaunts through the area.

The Thanksgiving holiday is a great time to get together with loved ones, over a home cooked meal, dinner out, or to explore some of the many diverse activities Palm Springs has to offer.