Best Christmas Light Displays in the Desert

It’s officially that time of the year, holiday season is upon us! Nothing gets you in the holiday spirit like Christmas lights. Even though the weather outside won’t be too frightful, there are still tons of Christmas light displays that will be so delightful! Check out all of these options for beautiful Christmas light displays in the desert.

Magic of Lights

If you are looking for a fun and interactive Christmas light display that you can enjoy from the comfort of your car, you are in luck! Magic of Lights is a drive-through holiday lights experience featuring classic holiday scenes and characters. They use the latest LED lights and technology, along with digital animations that the whole family can enjoy! This event runs from November 18th – January 1st from 5:30pm to 10pm. Tickets start at $25 per vehicle. Don’t miss out on this holiday spectacular!

palm tree christmas lights decoration

Gingerbread Lane

Located in La Quinta, Old Town Artisan Studios transforms into a winter wonderland called Gingerbread Lane! This magical holiday event is free and open to the public during the first few Saturdays on December 3rd, 10th, and 17th. This event is perfect for guests of all ages where you can enjoy dazzling displays, twinkling lights, a 17-foot tree next to the holiday cottage, and of course gingerbread cookies and hot apple cider! Festivities will be held from 12pm to 6pm and kids can even visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus from 12pm to 5pm (except on Dec. 3rd where they will be there from 12pm to 3pm). Come enjoy this free event and get in the holiday spirit with amazing lights, gingerbread treats, music, and so much more!

North Pole Village and Mayor’s Tree Lighting

Another free event that the entire family can enjoy is the Mayor’s Tree Lighting in Cathedral City at the civic center! This holiday event features a lit-up Hollywood style movie set themed as Main Street at the North Pole. In addition to the tree lighting, you can also enjoy carolers, free movie showings, and a special visit from Santa! Don’t miss this special holiday event happening on December 7th!

2022 Holiday Parade of Lights and Festival

Last but not least, another free event that can’t be missed this holiday season is the Holiday Parade of Lights and Festival! Happening in the city of desert hot springs, this event will be a highlight of the holiday season for everyone. Celebrate the most wonderful time of the year on December 10th at 5:45pm!

Neighborhood house decorated with christmas lights and palm trees with string lights for the holidays

Another festive way to celebrate the holiday season, and all the amazing Christmas lights, is to take your loved ones, pour a thermos of hot chocolate, turn up your favorite holiday songs, and drive around the neighborhoods exploring all the decorations on the houses. This can be a fun tradition that the family does every year, and everywhere! And it is pretty special to see those palm trees strung with lights during the holidays. You won’t want to miss this special time of the year to visit the desert, book your stay at Indian Palms Vacation Club today!