Palm Springs is famous for its idyllic Summer vacations complete with palm-lined streets and gorgeous, sunny weather. However, the town’s offerings and events aren’t limited to Summer fun. During the holiday season, Palm Springs transforms into a festive destination, complete with millions of holiday lights, traditional Palm Springs Thanksgiving offerings, and a population that is excited about the celebration.
Thanksgiving dinners ranging from classic to eclectic decorate the menus on that special November day. As amazing and diverse as the holiday dinner menus are, Palm Springs and the surrounding areas offer plenty of activities to indulge in beyond the plate during Thanksgiving weekend.
Here is a breakdown of some of the most exciting Thanksgiving happenings:
Thursday, Nov 23rd – Thanksgiving Day
Martha’s Village and Kitchen Thanksgiving Day 5K
Benefitting the impoverished and homeless throughout Coachella Valley, Martha’s Village and Kitchen’s 11th Annual Thanksgiving Day 5K gives you and your family an opportunity to give back while having fun. The 5K is open to both competitive and casual runners, and prizes will be given out to winners based on age divisions. A drawing, a Beer Garden, and a Kid’s Zone will all be part of the event, offering something for every member of the family.
2017 Running Wild’s Wild Turkey Trot 5K
Begins at 8:00 am
Beginning and finishing in beautiful downtown Palm Springs, the Wild Turkey Trot 5K provides you with an active way to start your holiday. Run beneath the palms through this flat, scenic course. A portion of the event’s proceeds goes to providing food for homebound seniors through Mizell Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels program.
Friday, Nov 24th
Cabazon Indio Powwow
Begins at 5 pm
Spend your Thanksgiving celebrating the culture of the Cabazon Band of Mission Indians and tribes at the Cabazon Indio Powwow. Traveling from across the United States and Canada, these tribes will participate in dancing and singing competitions as well as drum contests, bird singing, and peon games. Watch the beautiful performances and even get involved in a noncompetitive inter-tribal dance. Native American foods and handcrafted goods will be available for your indulgence during this Palm Springs Thanksgiving.
Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Begins at 8:00pm
Experience the classic story of Cinderella live at the McCallum Theatre. Talented actors and musicians bring the story to life in a contemporary light. This stunning production is perfect for families and couples alike, whether Cinderella is your favorite fairytale or you simply appreciate a story well-told. Premier, orchestra, and balcony seating are available so you can enjoy the production from your chosen perspective.
Desert Art Festival
Begins at 10:00am
The Desert Arts Festival presents you with an opportunity to browse through hundreds of gorgeous works by local artists (and maybe add one to your collection). All artworks at the event are available for purchase. Mediums range from blown glass to acrylic paints to traditional photography. The variety of offerings at the event make it a truly unique experience that is not to be missed. What better way to spend a weekend of gratitude than by appreciating art in all its forms?
6:00 – 9:00pm
Adults: $10, Members and Children: $8, Children Under 3: Free
Celebrate the holiday season among a million twinkling lights at WildLights 2017. This locally adored holiday tradition includes an enchanting tunnel of lights, a visit with Santa for the kids, festive live entertainment, and holiday-themed arts and crafts. The stunning display blankets the desert in a luminous glow, providing the perfect setting for Palm Springs Thanksgiving fun.
Saturday, Nov 25th
Star Party at the Monument
5:00pm – 8:00pm
This family-friendly event will guide you through a tour of the desert night sky like no other. Billions of stars speckle the sky and make for a magnificent event focal point. The Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center provides the ideal setting for star gazing and the Astronomical Society of the Desert will be conducting direct observations through telescopes and giant binoculars.
Mirage, A Celebration of the Music of Fleetwood Mac
Begins at 8:00 pm
If you’re a Fleetwood Mac fan, this is a not-to-be-missed concert. Led by Michelle Tyler, Mirage conjures up an electrifying musical atmosphere with uncanny recreations of Fleetwood Mac hits like “Dreams”, “Don’t Stop”, and “Landslide”. With impeccable voices and uncanny instrumentals, this show will allow you to relive the magic of a Fleetwood Mac concert.
Celebrating Thanksgiving in Palm Springs has its perks – gorgeous weather, gourmet food, and a festive atmosphere, just to name a few. But perhaps the most exciting aspect of Thanksgiving in this desert community is the variety of events available to help you and your loved ones celebrate everything you’re grateful for. Whether you’re still full from dinner and want to relax at a show or you’re ready to get up and move via a 5K, Palm Springs has something for you during the weekend dedicated to giving thanks!