Top 5 Things to Do this Festive Season in the Coachella Valley

Posted on 18th November, 2023

As the year draws to a close and the festive spirit fills the air, the Coachella Valley transforms into a winter wonderland, offering a delightful blend of holiday cheer and desert charm. From dazzling lights displays to heartwarming traditions, here are the top 5 things to do this festive season in the Coachella Valley:

Wild Lights at the Living Desert

Immerse yourself in a magical world of twinkling lights and illuminated animal sculptures at the Living Desert’s Wild Lights. This enchanting nighttime experience features over a million lights adorning trees, animals, and landscapes, creating a captivating visual spectacle.

Dates: On Select Nights November 22 – December 30, 2023
Times: 5:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Admission: Tickets Required
Where: The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert, CA
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Magic of Lights at Empire Polo

Magic of Lights: Drive-Through Holiday Lights at Empire Polo

Embark on a dazzling journey through a wonderland of over a million synchronized lights at the Magic of Lights drive-thru experience. Wind your way through a captivating display of holiday scenes, characters, and animations, all from the comfort of your car.

Dates: November 17 – December 31, 2023
Sun-Thur 5:30pm-9pm | Fri-Sat 5:30pm-10:00pm
Admission: Priced per Vehicle
Where: Empire Polo Club, Indio, CA
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Gingerbread Lane at Old Town Artisan Studios

Gingerbread Lane at Old Town Artisan Studios

Step into a charming winter village at Gingerbread Lane, where over 100 gingerbread houses and holiday vignettes await. Stroll through the whimsical streets, admire the intricate details of each gingerbread creation, and enjoy festive treats and activities.

Dates: November 25 – December 24, 2023
Times: 11:00 AM – 5:00 PM (November 25, December 2, December 9, December 16)
Admission: Free
Where: Old Town Artisan Studios, La Quinta, CA
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Indio International Tamale Festival

Indio International Tamale Festival

Indulge in the flavors of the holidays at the Indio International Tamale Festival. Sample tamales from over 50 vendors, representing a diverse range of cultures and cuisines, while enjoying live music and entertainment.

Dates: December 2-3, 2023
Times: 10:00 AM – 7:00 PM
Admission: Free
Where: Miles Avenue Park, Indio, CA
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Desert International Horse Park Desert Holiday Series

Desert Holiday Series at Desert International Horse Park

Experience the magic of the holidays at the Desert Holiday Series, a captivating equestrian event featuring world-class riders and breathtaking performances. Witness synchronized dressage routines, aerial acrobatics, and a live orchestra set against the backdrop of the desert landscape. The Horse Park is home to nearly 2,000 horses. Admission is free to spectators every day of competition. While competition runs all day Wednesday through Sunday of each week, the feature events take place on Friday and Saturday nights beginning at 5:30 p.m., with Olympic-caliber riders and horses jumping for prizes of up to $1 million.

Parking is free, with shuttles onsite to anywhere at the park. Food and beverage are available for purchase, and the park offers entertainment in the evenings, including light shows, live music, and more. There is truly something for the whole family!

Dates: November 29 -December 10, 2023
Times: Varied
Admission: Free
Where: Desert International Horse Park, Thermal, CA
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Whether you’re seeking a dazzling spectacle of lights, a heartwarming family tradition, or a taste of holiday flavors, the Coachella Valley has something special to offer this festive season. As you plan your holiday adventures, let La Quinta Resort be your home away from home. Our luxurious casitas, suites and villas, exceptional amenities, and warm hospitality will ensure a truly unforgettable holiday experience. Book your stay today and let the magic of the season unfold.