To get the culinary lay of the land, head out on the so-called Inn Walk, a self-guided tour that passes by bars and historic inns, all of which are decorated in holiday finery. If you're in town early on in the season, check out the International Tamale Festival at the beginning of December. Closer to the big day, here are some great options to check out after looking at Palm Springs hotels for Christmas:
This restaurant typically stays open for both Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, with live jazz performances, to boot. Choose to socialize in the dining room or request a private room for larger gatherings, and be sure to reserve in advance.
Dishes like filet mignon and chicken Florentine sing in the hands of talented chefs at this downtown Palm Springs classic. A four-course holiday menu caters to families, with special options for children. Enjoy Christmas in a comfortable yet sleek interior, and some of Palm Springs' favorite cooking.
This restaurant's Christmas Eve and Day dishes include American classics and a selection of seasonal cocktails. Enjoy your Christmas meal in charming mid-century surroundings.
For the ultimate romance this Christmas, enjoy French cuisine served in a sophisticated setting, glimmering with Christmas lights.
Palm Springs attractions during the holiday season include world-famous residential light displays and Santa "flying in" via vintage plane at the Palm Springs Air Museum to distribute goodie bags to children under 12. When you and your family stay in Palm Springs vacation rentals for Christmas, also consider stopping by with an unwrapped toy to the contribute to the city's Well in the Desert toy drive. Here are some other sights and activities you might enjoy:
Kenny Irwin, Jr. is the maverick behind the most eccentric Christmas light display you'll ever attend. An art project more so than a traditional Christmas display, this seasonal presentation comprises over 8.4 million lights and is the largest residential, private Christmas light display in America.
Ice skate beneath the stars and palm trees at the Indian Wells Resort and Spa. During the holidays, you can also take part in a special 12 Days of the Renaissance event, which transports you to holiday celebrations of the past through costumed actors and period feasts.
Venture to Palm Desert to find the best Christmas gifts for your family. Open right up until Christmas Day itself, and then open afterwards, this shopping hub is your resource for Christmas presents.
No matter which Palm Springs hotels for Christmas you wind up booking, be sure to attend the Festival of Lights Parade. Twenty miles of lights and marching bands, plus appearances from Mr. and Mrs. Claus will be sure to get you into the holiday spirit. Here are some other great activities to check out while you're in town:
Don't miss out on the famous Tunnel of Lights at the Living Desert Zoo and Botanical Garden. The show involves nearly a million lights, which illuminate the park after dark. Ride a camel or the carousel and be sure to take the kids to the Wildlife Wonder Show.
Dusted with snow, the peaks of Mount San Jacinto State Park are especially picturesque in the winter. View them from the air just like Santa Claus when you ride the Aerial Tramway.
In the Mount San Jacinto Wildnerness Area, you can snowshoe or cross country ski through pristine snow. Equipment can be rented at the Winter Adventure Center.
Check out our climate diagram to find the perfect month for your vacation. August is the warmest month of the year in Palm Springs with temperatures reaching a maximum average of 107°. December is the coolest month, with average minimal temperature reaching 46°. The wettest month is December with 4 rainy days on average. On the contrary, there is an average of only 0 rainy days in June, which is the driest month.