Palm Springs Hotels & Vacation Rentals for Christmas

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Palm Springs Does Christmas in Big, California Style

Christmas in Palm Springs is so special that it spawned a 2014 movie by the same name. And with good reason—home to the United States' largest private, residential display of Christmas lights, plus a twenty-mile-long Christmas Parade, in December, this California desert oasis surprisingly glows with festive enticements of all kinds. Palm Springs hotels for Christmas therefore tend to book up early; be sure to reserve yours in advance.

Christmas in Palm Springs: Top Accommodations

House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $121
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4.8
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Taquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $106
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4.2
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Agua Caliente Off-Reservation Trust Land, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $46
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4.5
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Deepwell Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $75
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4.0
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House ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $145
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5.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $107
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4.7
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $69
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4.0
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Old Las Palmas, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $150
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4.6
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Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $135
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5.0
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Where to Dine for Christmas in Palm Springs

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:

  • 1. Wally's Desert Turtle

    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.

  • 2. Lulu California Bistro

    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.

  • 3. Trio

    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.

  • 4. Le Vallauris

    For the ultimate romance this Christmas, enjoy French cuisine served in a sophisticated setting, glimmering with Christmas lights.

Best Places to Stay for Christmas in Palm Springs

House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Taquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $363
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4.5
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
The Mesa, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $220
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4.0
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Palm Springs, Riverside County, California, United States
from $74
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4.9
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Best Holiday Attractions in Palm Springs

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:

  • 1. Robolights

    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.

  • 2. Ice Skating Under the Palms

    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.

  • 3. Christmas Shopping on El Paseo

    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.

Recommended Accommodations for Christmas in Palm Springs

Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Deepwell Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $109
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4.6
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Vista Las Palmas, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $384
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4.3
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Apartment ∙ 2 guests ∙ 1 bedroom
Racquet Club West, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $54
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4.0
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Things to Do With Your Family During Christmas Vacation in Palm Springs

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:

  • 1. Wildlights at the Living Desert

    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.

  • 2. Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

    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.

  • 3. Winter sports

    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.

Top Offers for Christmas in Palm Springs

Apartment ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Agua Caliente Off-Reservation Trust Land, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $52
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4.5
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Racquet Club West, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $101
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4.6
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House ∙ 4 guests ∙ 2 bedrooms
Taquitz River Estates, Palm Springs, California, United States
from $227
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4.9
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