With summer in the rearview mirror, it’s time to start thinking about Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. But don’t stress out over holiday shopping just yet. Instead, consider planning a quick getaway to Palm Springs to unwind and reflect on the year ahead.
Yes, Palm Springs is known for its famous and fabulous pools but there’s more to the Sonoran Desert city than meets the eye. Known for its mid century-modern architecture and core shopping district along Palm Canyon Drive with the best vintage shops around, there’s another scene of Palm Springs that you have yet to discover.
With temperatures usually reaching high no more than 70-degrees and no less than 40-degrees, Palm Springs is the perfect spot if you’re looking for a warm winter wonderland.
Kicking off the 2019 Holiday Season
To kick off the holiday season, Palm Springs is hosting the McCormick’s Car Show and Auction. Held twice a year under balmy skies and waving palm trees, the Palm Springs auctions with nearly 600 vehicles are held on a six-acre site beside the Palm Springs Convention center near the downtown area. It’s all happening November 22 through 24. Better yet? The event is free and open to the public on Friday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. and it’s $25 for a weekend pass.
On Monday, November 11, Palm Springs will also get together to celebrate Veterans Day with a parade. The City of Palm Springs will celebrate the 24th annual Palm Springs Veterans Day Parade in downtown, concluding with a post-parade concert and a fireworks finale –– you don’t wanna’ miss out.
Fast forward to December, and Palm Springs will turn into a winter wonderland. Your first stop to the winter wonderland? You have to head out to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and get a load of all their holiday festivities! On Sunday, December 1, Palm Springs will kick off the Christmas festivities with their annual Tree Lighting Ceremony with Peabody and Emmy award-winning journalist Hank Plante and of course! A special appearance from Santa Claus himself.
On December 7, Palm Springs is getting into the Christmas spirit with their annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade held in downtown. The amazing parade features lighted floats, equestrians, bands, autos, and celebrities. It’s no surprise this event has consistently been rated as one of the best local events in the Coachella Valley and one of the top 10 holiday parade events in the country. What’s more? It’s the perfect event to attend with your family and loved ones. You won’t want to miss it!
But if you’re not one for all the Christmas shenanigans, not to worry because Palm Springs has something for every type of soul. If you’d rather spend a lowkey day in Palm Springs, then why not join Walk of the Inns on December 12? Walk of Inns is a walking tour of the historic, boutique and small ins in downtown Palm Springs. Get your holiday shopping AND learn a little more about the desert city!
Where To Eat If You’re Not Into Turkey or Stuffing
Not everyone’s a fan of turkey or stuffing –– sometimes some good ‘ol tacos just sound a lot yummier when it comes to your Thanksgiving dinner. What better place to break away from tradition than in Palm Springs?
Besides munching on delicious Baja-inspired Mexican food at El Patron located in the heart of Downtown Palm Springs, you can also hit up some of the best brunch spots and smoothie bars. If you’re not in the mood for tacos or if you’re looking for an amazing brunch place, head on over to Cheeky’s for some of the most buttery and delicious waffles for breakfast. If you’re feeling a little on the healthier side, head on over to Fresh Juice Bar for some organic pressed cold juices and acai bowls –– you might need to bookmark this spot after a long night out.
If you’re in the mood for something different, like sushi, head on over to Sandfish by Engin Onural (it was voted best sushi of 2019, enough said). If you’re looking for a more upscale and minimal spot, head on over to 4 Saints Palm Springs for some of the most delicious chocolate cake and sorbet flights!
Sit Back and Relax Before Hitting the Best New Years Eve Parties
If you’re looking to relax, unwind, and reflect on the upcoming year, you might want to head over to a hotel or two in Palm Springs. Which are the best spots, you ask? We’d recommend Villa Royale or La Maison hotel to book a night or two and enjoy your stay to the max.
After you’re done chillin’ by the pool, getting the most relaxing massage, and sippin’ on some wine, you’re going to want to get ready for the best New Years’ Eve parties in Palm Springs.
From NYE countdown parties to a parade, Palm Springs is no stranger to ringing in the new year in style. Whatever you get into during your stay at Palm Springs, you’re bound to make unforgettable memories that you’ll remember for years to come.
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