Winter chill takes on a different meaning in Greater Palm Springs, where sunny days and scenic backdrops set the scene for a relaxing (and warm) winter escape. Get your chill on this week with this round-up of events and things to do in the oasis.

Palm Desert First Weekend
December 1 - 3, 2017
Enjoy a city-wide celebration during Palm Desert First Weekend. Featured events include a public art exhibit, a holiday car cruise down El Paseo, concerts and live entertainment.

November 24 - December 24, 2017
Marvel at over a million twinkling lights as a local holiday tradition returns with new features for 2017. Discover the herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, and explore the newly added pathways decorated in holiday lights. And, all of the event’s favorite activities return including the tunnel of lights, visits with Santa, live entertainment, arts and crafts, carousel rides, and more. 

Festival of Lights Parade
December 2, 2017
Kick off the holiday season in Greater Palm Springs with a local tradition: The Festival of Lights Parade in downtown Palm Springs. The event features a host of marching bands, performing groups and, of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Jewel’s Handmade Holiday Tour
December 2, 2017 | 8 – 10 p.m.

The Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter heads to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Saturday for an evening of holiday entertainment. Special guests include her father and brothers, who will perform alongside her.

Indio International Tamale Festival
December 2 - 3, 2017
It’s tamale season, and that means the renowned Indio International Tamale Festival returns to downtown Indio this weekend. Sample a wide variety of tamales, ranging from the traditional to the unconventional, as well as vegetarian and vegan options. More than 300 vendors will be featured, plus a tamale eating contest, five stages of live entertainment, wine and beer gardens.

HITS Palm Springs Triathlon
December 2 - 3, 2017
December is perfect for a sunny and scenic triathlon in Greater Palm Springs. This weekend, the 2017 HITS Triathlon Series Championship returns to the oasis for a weekend of swimming, biking and running.

Full Moon Drum Circle
December 3, 2017
Celebrate the full moon at the monthly Full Moon Party at Ace Hotel & Swim Club. Enjoy a drum circle, dancers and card readers by the pool, in collaboration with Desert Rhythms Drum Circle, courtesy of Crystal Fantasy.

Looking for more? Find a full list of events and things to do in Greater Palm Springs here.