Welcome the holiday season in sunny Greater Palm Springs— Attend food festivals, dog hikes, tree lighting ceremonies and more. Make the most of your getaway to this Southern California oasis with these thrilling events and activities this week! 

Eat & Drink

A Taste of El Paseo - A Culinary Tour | December 3
Dig into delicious local flavors during this culinary journey. Stop by three of the most popular restaurants on El Paseo for unique this three-course dinner. Proceeds for this event will benefit the Desert Cancer Foundation

Desert VegFest | December 7
Enjoy this all-vegan food festival complete with live entertainment, informative speakers, and artists. Bring the whole family, friends and more to this guilt-free, fun-filled festival!

Indio International Tamale Festival | December 7 & 8
Try a wide variety of scrumptious tamales at this signature food festival this week. Visit the City of Indio and enjoy more than 300 tamale vendors, a tamale eating contest, live entertainment, wine and beer gardens and much more. 

Golden Grapes Wine Festival​ | December 8
Stop by Ace Hotel & Swim Club this week for this wine extravaganza. Sample wine from over 30 participating wineries. Hear about winemaking from experts, enjoy unlimited tastings, small bites and live entertainment. 

Live Your Wellest

Happy Tails Dog Adventure at Whitewater Preserve | December 4
Take your four-legged friend on an adventure this week. Friends of the Desert Mountains is hosting a dog hike in Whitewater Preserve. Learn about dog-friendly trails, the native wildlife, and how to hike on responsibly. 

Thursday Morning Hike | December 5
Join Friends of the Desert Mountains for a ranger-led hike through Carrizo and Dead Indian Canyons. Take in the beautiful sights and learn informative facts about the trails as you hike. 

Ironman 70.3 Indian Wells La Quinta | December 8
Participate or watch athletes test their physical strengths at this year's annual Ironman 70.3 race. The race takes place at various locations in the cities of La Quinta and Indian Wells. Attend to experience an athletic event like no other. 

Holiday Festivities

Christmas Tree Lighting in Coachella | December 4
Stop by this festive event hosted by the City of Coachella. Enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, free food, an appearance by Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday train rides for the little ones and more.

City of Indio Tree Lighting | December 5
Join the City of Indio and celebrate this festive season with a fabulous tree lighting ceremony. The event will feature carolers from local schools, holiday storytime, and a visit from Santa! 

City of La Quinta Tree Lighting​ | December 6
Join the City of La Quinta as they kick off their holiday celebrations with a tree lighting ceremony. This festive event will be complete with live performances, crafts, cookies, hot cocoa and many more treats. 

Holiday Tree Lighting at Frances Stevens Park | December 6
Celebrate the start of the holiday season with the City of Palm Springs at their annual tree lighting ceremony at Frances Stevens Park. Enjoy caroling, holiday craft stations and storytime with Santa Claus and free hot cocoa and cookies. 

Festival of Lights Parade | December 7
Experience the wonder of the 27th annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade this holiday season. Grab your seat on Palm Canyon Drive and watch a variety of signature floats adorned in thousands of colorful holiday lights. Join this locals' tradition and celebrate the start of the holiday season in the oasis. 

Arts & Culture

An Intimate Evening with Barbara Eden | December 3
Enjoy seeing Barbara Eden up close and personal at Oscar's Café & Bar this week. Attend for an intimate question and answer session, view video clips of her iconic career, and enjoy a conversation with "Jeannie" herself.

Desert Mountains Art Faire | December 7
Support local artists and attend this art fair in the City of Palm Desert. Browse photography, paintings, ceramics, hand-painted silks, and more at this one of a kind art event.

iPhone Photography in Nature Workshop | December 8
Learn all about iPhone nature photography in this free workshop hosted by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Understand your iPhone's settings such as focus, exposure and more, as well as which photo editing apps work best.

Happy Hour Candle Crafting Workshop | December 9
Get crafty at Kitchen 86 + Bar this week with this candle making workshop. Enjoy a complimentary happy hour wine or draft beer as you learn how to make custom scented and colored soy candles you get to take home. 

Find your happy place and relax in this wellness oasis this holiday season— Take a look at these spa specials and enjoy pure bliss during your time in Greater Palm Springs.