Christmas in Palm Desert

Best Christmas Activities and Events in Palm Desert & Indio

11/29/2022 | by TRAVLR | Holidays

A trip to sunny Palm Desert or Indio, California is always a treat for travelers. Those setting their sights on these inviting destinations over Christmas have even more to look forward to. The following are just a few of the best activities and events in the area that are sure to fill your Christmas in Palm Desert & Indio itinerary with festive fun in 2022!

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Book Tickets to See a Holiday Performance This Year in California

For many holiday revelers, a highlight of the season is being able to take in fun Christmas performances and shows alongside family and friends that bring the festive feelings to life right on stage! Fortunately, those who happen to be heading to the Palm Desert and Indio area this year for the holidays will find there are plenty of options to choose from. Book your tickets to see Mannheim Steamroller Christmas at the McCallum Theatre in Palm Desert on December 2nd or December 3rd when you’re looking to enjoy a musical treat that’s always one-of-a-kind. The Friday show begins at 8:00 pm and the Saturday showing starts at 2:00 pm. Tickets range between $68 and $78 depending on seating options. This beloved performance by Chip Davis has been a fan-favorite holiday experience for audiences for more than 35 years. The show pairs amazing musical stylings with multimedia effects that are sure to dazzle and delight. The McCallum Theatre is conveniently located at 73000 Fred Waring Drive in Palm Desert and tickets can be booked in advance!

For an Irish take on holiday favorite music, those heading to Indio in 2022 can book tickets to see Celtic Woman at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino on Friday, December 2, 2022. Celtic Woman will be bringing their Christmas Symphony experience to the stage for a night of whimsical stylings that the group is known and loved for. Fantasy Springs Resort is located at 84-245 Indio Springs Parkway.

Enjoy a Holiday Craft Event in Indio

If you happen to be traveling to Indio with younger kids in tow this holiday season, be sure to mark your calendar for the youth holiday craft event being held on December 19th. Head over to the Indio Teen Center between 2:00 pm and 5:00 pm to enjoy a holiday craft gathering that’s fun and suitable for kids ages 4 to 12! Participants will have a chance to enjoy making handmade crafts and gifts at their own pace as they move from one craft station to the next. Everyone is invited to create four crafts total during what is bound to be a fun and creative afternoon! The Indio Teen Center is located at 81-678 Avenue 46 in Indio. Registration is required for this popular event so be sure to sign up early.

Experience the Best of WildLights

Light up your holiday experience in Palm Desert this year in a family-friendly style when you head over to WildLights! Hosted at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens at 47900 Portola Avenue, WildLights is a highly anticipated annual event that brings locals and visitors together in a fun and festive setting. WildLights is held on select nights throughout November and December and has been a fan-favorite holiday activity in Palm Desert for nearly 30 years! During WildLights, the zoo is transformed into a magical winter wonderland complete with millions of holiday lights, colorful displays, and fun activities to top it all off. Illuminated pathways are found throughout the zoo to follow and admire while holiday music rings through the air and sets the festive scene. There are plenty of food and drink options to enjoy during this event while the life-size herd of luminescent animal lanterns promises to thrill! General admission is $16 and children 3 to 12 can enjoy WildLights for $12. Reservations for this event are required so be sure to book in advance.

Spent Time at Magic of Lights

Those who are heading to Indio and love holiday lights but are looking for a drive-thru experience to take in the sparkling sights will find it at the Empire Polo Club this year. On December 11, 2022, between 6:00 pm and 10:00 pm, visitors can enjoy the Magic of Lights experience for just $15 to $20 per vehicle. Admission provides guests with drive-through access to a holiday light tunnel and illuminated experience complete with characters and holiday scenes crafted from LED lights and animated technology! It’s a fascinating experience for guests that might just be the highlight of your holiday fun. The Empire Polo Club is located at 81800 Avenue 51.

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Book Your Holiday Getaway Today

Make the most of your holiday getaway this year by making sure you have amazing holiday accommodations in place to top off your California adventure in style. The team at TRAVLR is happy to handle the details so you can simply relax upon arrival and savor every second of your holiday. Reach out today to learn more about our property options and to start planning!