5 Reasons to Celebrate Christmas With Us

In popular imagination, Christmas conjures images of snow-decked pine and fir trees with the comforting presence of a steaming mug of mulled wine. Deep in our Palm Springs location in the hot climate of southern California, however, our festive season looks and feels different.

Blessed with beautiful weather over the Christmas period and all year round, we tend to stay true to our core values and focus on inner and outer wellbeing to bring out the best of you during this special time of year. While you won’t catch sight of any wild reindeer in our back garden, we have our own advent calendar of events to keep you happily entertained with a sprinkling of that warm and fuzzy feeling, even if your Christmas golden days as a kid are long gone.

Here’s why you should join us and revive your inner child’s passionate longing for Christmas this year…


1. 25th Annual WildLights

When: November 24 – December 24, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Where: The Living Desert

Expect a tunnel of lights, visits with Santa, live entertainment, arts and crafts, carousel rides and much more from the 25th Annual WildLights event, taking place in the Living Desert. This year promises a host of new features to the beloved yearly mini-festival of light: more brightly lit pathways and fascinating animal lanterns to kindle the festive fire in you and your little ones’ hearts.

Tickets cost $10 for adults and $8 for members, children and military on presentation of valid ID. Children under 3 years of age enter for free, and strollers and wheelchairs are available on a first come, first served basis.


2. Rink at the River

When: November 21 – January 14, 12:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: The River at Rancho Mirage

Ice skating is synonymous with Christmas so we’re delighted to be just a 10-minute drive from the Rink at the River. Set in a top dining and entertainment destination, the rink overlooks the water in the shopping centre. Slide across ice in a thrilling solo session or in the company of family or friends under the stars for just $15, including skate hire.


3. Paws’n Claus

When: December 17, 10:00 am – 10:00 pm

Where: The Gardens on El Paseo

Your canine friends can help bring some warmth and cheer into another, less fortune soul’s Christmas. Take your dog along for some snapshots with Santa at Paws’n Claus and have some fun times with your pet and other animal lovers in a merry environment. The admission fee for the event is $15, with 100% of the proceeds going to Animal Samaritans.


4. California’s Desert Chorale’s December concert

When: December 17, 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Where: Indian Wells Theater

The California Desert Chorale’s December concert is a staple for those whose Christmas spirit only really kicks off when fresh wafts of holiday music hit their ears. This year’s concert is aptly titled Rejoice: A Celebration of Joy and Wonder and promises just that.

Let yourself be serenaded into a jolly holiday mood with some of the finest local singing talents in our area. Listen to classics from a bygone era melded blended with contemporary carols to celebrate yet another amazing 365 days of life. This soaring spectacle from a professional ensemble is not to be missed.


5. Wanderland

When: December 20, 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Where: Secret location in Palm Springs, revealed only to ticket holders

For the thrill-seeking type, Wanderland is the perfect mishmash of all the things we adore about Christmas: a little luxury beginning with a champagne toast, mysterious Santa’s elves, and an adventure on sleighs.

We can’t disclose much more about this event organized by PS Underground, but embarking on this ride with an empty stomach and an open mind is advisable. The rest is up to you to discover, but we guarantee it’ll make a fantastic Christmastime memory. Bring along your camera to capture a few magical moments that can be framed for the ideal festive gift combining experience and memento.


Miramonte Resort & Spa welcomes you to participate in this medley of holiday plans. Our large, peaceful estate is not only the best retreat to experience all of this conveniently, but is also committed to polishing your experience to the highest standards. From comfortable, stylish rooms to delectable, healthy cuisine and a renowned spa facility, no detail is overlooked. Book one of our signature suites and let us give you our season’s greetings.