As beautiful as a fresh snowfall blanketing the ground can be, it also means wearing parkas and snowshoes throughout most of the country.  Coachella Valley, home to such lifestyle communities as Palm Springs, Palm Desert, Rancho Mirage, Indian Wells and La Quinta residents and visitors alike are jumping into heated pools for a night swim or wearing shorts and t-shirts while traversing nearly a thousand miles of destination hiking trails. Our average winter temperature is 75 degrees Fahrenheit which allows for lots of outdoor activities including food festivals, Christmas parades and Chanukah lighting ceremonies during the festive month. More importantly, it’s also about spending time with family, friends and loved ones.

Ice Skating in Rancho Mirage

The Renova Rink at The River makes its sophomore season appearance. Instead of heading into the New York’s winter or San Francisco’s crowded Union Square, ice skaters can bring their blades and skate along the picturesque mountains of Rancho Mirage. Our dusty pink sunsets are a perfect backdrop when practicing figure-eights or spins. The cost is  $15 and will run until January 14, 2018.

 

The Living Desert’s “WildLights Holiday Festival”

The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden is landmark desert paradise. During the holiday season even more so as visitors experience the annual “WildLights Holiday Festival” featuring 750,000 lights illuminating the park in the winter evenings. It becomes a magical space offering a yearly tradition for kids and children of all ages.  Besides providing visual splendor, guests can experience shows, a variety of craft-making, carousel rides and feeling like an Egyptian riding a domesticated dromedary. (Yes, Virginia that’s a camel ride instead of Santa Claus.) Check the website for selected nights which runs through until December 24, 2017.

 Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert

The Palm Springs Art Museum hosts No Religion is An Island: An Exhibit of Hanukkah Candelabras from Around The World, featuring a lecture with Rabbi David Lazar. Learn all about the meaning of the lighting of the candles as well as breathtaking craftsmanship displayed celebrating the Jewish holiday. Thursday, December 21st. Lecture 6 – 7 pm.

Palm Springs Air Museum Hosts “Santa Fly-in”

 For one weekend, Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10, Santa Claus swoops into our desert valley landing at Palm Springs Air Museum. Each day at 11:00 a.m. the “Big Guy with the Toys” arrives at the museum in an airplane (his sleigh isn’t available until Christmas, natch’) to greet all the families and children who have come to see him. He will sit for photos for social media as well as doling out a present for each child present. Lastly, Mr. Claus chills out with his “winter fun land complete with snow directly from the North Pole.”