Welcome the holidays in Greater Palm Springs— Enjoy a variety of Thanksgiving dining options, attend tree lighting ceremonies, run in a festive 5K and more. Explore our nine cities and give thanks in the oasis!

Thanksgiving Dinners

Thanksgiving Dinners in Greater Palm Springs 
There is a lot to be thankful for in this Southern California oasis— Greater Palm Springs features a variety of delicious and unique dining options, perfect for foodies and all visitors alike. This Thanksgiving, experience fine dining, buffet style, holiday classics and even a to-go dinner guaranteed to make your holiday in the oasis unforgettable.


13th Annual Fortem Financial Thanksgiving Day 5K | November 28
Put on your running shoes and participate in this 5K for a great cause. Run along El Paseo in Palm Desert on Thanksgiving morning and enjoy this family-friendly event in support of Martha’s Village & Kitchen

Running Wild's Wild Turkey Trot 2019 | November 28
Do your best turkey trot and join this fun race on Thanksgiving Day. The race begins and ends in Downtown Palm Springs, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Mizell Senior Center's "Meals on Wheels" program. Come out and celebrate the holiday by showing your support for the local Greater Palm Springs community!

Health & Wellness Fest | November 29
Attend this festival in Old Town La Quinta and celebrate all things health and wellness. Enjoy yoga on the lawn, a talk by TEDx speaker Kellee McQuinn, and music by Art of Sax. The event will also feature a Kids' Zone, a Beer Garden and more. 

Holiday Festivities

Christmas in Paris on El Paseo | November 30
Get your holiday festivities started with this lively event on El Paseo. Try food from five-star food trucks, watch street performers, and take the ultimate holiday selfie with a Giant Snow Globe!

Holiday Tree Lighting | November 30
The City of La Quinta is officially kicking off the holiday season with their tree lighting ceremony. Join the festivities and enjoy carolers, cookies and hot chocolate, chestnut roasting, and a visit by Santa Claus himself!

Treelighting atop the Palm Springs Tramway | December 1
Join the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway and experience a unique tree lighting atop the San Jacinto Mountains. Take in the breathtaking views of the oasis, watch Peabody and Emmy Award-winning journalist, Hank Plante light the tree, enjoy a performance by Palm Springs High School Madrigals & String Quartet and more. 

Sounds of the Holidays at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Fridays- Sundays through December 13
Get in the holiday spirit and sing along to your favorite festive songs by attending this choir performance at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway. This week the Rancho Mirage High School Choir will be performing holiday classics perfect for the start of the most wonderful time of the year.

Arts & Culture

Creative Collage Weekend Workshop with David K. Whitlock | November 29
Learn all about the art of collage making by attending this workshop at Desert Art Center Inc in Palm Springs. Work on handcrafted gifts for the season and learn from award-winning artist, David K. Whitlock. 

XXXVIII Indio PowWow | November 29- December 1
The Cabazon XXXVIII Indio Powwow is coming to the Special Events Center at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this Thanksgiving weekend. Celebrate tribal customs, enjoy Bird singing, and more.

Art on Main Street | November 30
Swing by Old Town La Quinta this upcoming weekend and browse art by over 100 artists. View a variety of paintings, jewelry, photography, ceramics and take home a unique piece of art. 

La Quinta Artists Open Studio Tour | December 1
Take a tour of 27 different art studios in the City of La Quinta and enjoy exploring different art techniques. Visit the artists' creative spaces and learn what inspires them. 

Plan the rest of your holiday season in the oasis! Take a look at these exciting holiday happenings in Greater Palm Springs.