For many people “the most wonderful time of the year” can also be the most stressful. And while it may not seem like the perfect time to plan a getaway, a weekend of shopping, celebration and relaxation in sunny Palm Desert is just the thing to put more happy in your holidays.
Turn their wish list into a “Wish I’d gotten that for myself” list.
As the shopping mecca of the valley, Palm Desert has the stores and fairs to find that perfect gift on everyone’s list – including yours – all without the long lines, crowds and traffic.
- El Paseo
Known as the “Rodeo Drive of the Desert,” this mile-long shopping district features a mix of more than 300 shops offering jewelry, apparel, art, home décor and more.
- Westfield Palm Desert
Here’s everything you need for a very merry season, including decor ideas, festive holiday clothing, and much more. Santa has arrived and will make Westfield Palm Desert his seasonal home through December 24th.
- College of the Desert Street Fair
Open every weekend at 7 a.m., this colorful open-air market is home to more than 300 merchants and untold hidden delights. It’s the perfect place to browse for big gifts and stocking stuffers alike.
Light up your spirits with the sights and sounds of the season.
There’s plenty to do in Palm Desert all year round, but these signature seasonal events just may become a new holiday tradition.
- WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens
Marvel at over a million twinkling lights, discover the herd of luminescent animal lanterns, walk tunnel of lights and more. It all begins November 24th and runs on select night thru December 24th.
- Airstream Palooza
Hotel Paseo—home to an Airstream trailer available for overnight stays—is throwing a party! Airstream Palooza on December 1 features an Airstream show, local food, three bars, and a full day of music concluding with a concert by headliner Pablo Cruise.
- Celebrate the Season
Palm Desert, Elvis and Santa join forces at The Gardens on El Paseo to “Celebrate the Season” and kick off First Weekend on Friday, Dec. 7. Free music & family fun!
- Colors of Christmas
On December 7th, join Peabo Bryson and a new line-up of stars for an evening of holiday classics as The Colors of Christmas hits the McCallum Theatre.
- And much more!
Festive musical performances set the tone for the holidays, and Palm Desert has plenty of choices this month. Check out our complete listing and you won’t miss a single show.
Treat yourself with the gift of R&R
From fresh air and breathtaking views to refreshing your mind, body and spirit, let Palm Desert help you unwind before you unwrap the season.
- Explore a “Winter” Wonderland
Who needs cold weather and snow to enjoy the season? There’s plenty of sun to soak up poolside, hiking and biking scenic trails, golfing or exploring the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument.
- 12-Days of Pampering
In a “holidaze?” A rejuvenating getaway to one of the area’s luxurious resorts or chic day spas for a soothing facial, pedicure or massage is the perfect gift to yourself. Just two of our many options are Spa La Le at Palm Desert’s newest boutique hotel, Hotel Paseo; and The Spa at Desert Springs at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort.
Don’t stay home for the holidays. Plan a magical seasonal getaway. Whether it’s shopping for everyone on your list, celebrating the season or bringing some joy to yourself, a trip to Palm Desert is so worth it.