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Events for the Kid in You

The Coachella Valley comes alive during the holidays with fun activities that cater to children of all ages

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It’s a Wonderful Life
Revel in the wonder of yesteryear throughout the month of December at the very resort where Frank Capra’s classic film was written. Wander La Quinta Resort & Club, marvel at the sparkling tree, and partake in modern interpretations of seasonal traditions including chestnut roasting, pancakes on the patio, holiday cooking classes, and more. 49499 Eisenhower Drive, La Quinta. 855-884-9315; www.laquintaresort.com

The Season of Giving
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage transforms with sparkling lights, sweet treats, and special events for everyone to enjoy in December. Share the holiday spirit by bringing along donations for the two nonprofits the resort is supporting: F.I.N.D. Food Bank of the Coachella Valley and Toys for Tots. 68900 Frank Sinatra Drive, Rancho Mirage. 760-321-8282;
www.ritzcarlton.com/RanchoMirage

Ice Skating at Desert Ice Castle
The beautiful, crisp white ice beckons revelers to take a spin around the rink to the sound of holiday music on Dec. 4. More fun sessions throughout the month will put a jingle in your step. 68600 Perez Road., Cathedral City. 760-324-0400; www.deserticecastle.com

WildLights
After dark, The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Garden becomes a gorgeous wonderland filled with more than 750,000 twinkling lights, luminous holiday exhibits, festive activities, and food and refreshments. WildLights runs Dec. 4-6, 11-13, 18-24, and 26-31. 47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert. 760-346-5694; www.thelivingdesert.org

Nativity and Menorah Workshops
Share your artistic genius at the Old Town Artisan Studio in La Quinta. Bring your family and create beautiful nativity sets or menorahs from clay on Dec. 1 and Dec. 8, respectively. Premade ceramic ornaments are available for purchase, or guests can make a reservation to sculpt their own treasure. From 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. 51105 Ave. Villa, Ste. 101, La Quinta. 760-777-1444; www.oldtownartisanstudio.org  

Holiday Art Walk on El Paseo
Galleries open their doors Dec. 5 to share exhibits and holiday cheer as part of Palm Desert’s First Friday events. The shopping, dining, and art scene bustles in the heart of the city, illuminated by elaborate window displays and a 60-foot grand tree to mark the season. El Paseo, Palm Desert. 760-346-5600; www.elpaseoartwalk.com

Breakfast With Santa
The Children’s Discovery Museum of the Desert brings back its fun-filled breakfast Dec. 6, featuring live entertainment and activities with the season’s favorite fellow, Santa Claus. 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. 71701 Gerald Ford Dr., Rancho Mirage. 760-321-0602; www.cdmod.org

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Tree-Lighting Ceremony
On Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m., celebrity Jack Jones does the honor of lighting the 40-foot tree that sits atop the tram’s Mountain Station roof while the Palm Springs High School Choir warms your heart during the festivities. The tree is illuminated with more than 6,200 lights that are visible from across the Coachella Valley. One Tram Way, Palm Springs. 760-325-1391; www.pstramway.com

 

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Santa's sleigh arrives during the Palm Springs Festival of Lights parade.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights
Share in the spectacular parade featuring marching bands, performers, and colorful floats that capture the spirit of the season. The parade kicks off Dec. 6 at 5:45 p.m. at Ramon Rd. and heads north on Palm Canyon Drive to Tamarisk Road. www.psfestivaloflights.com  

 

Playtime With Santa
Visit Santa and capture the moment with a photo on Dec. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Gardens on El Paseo. This event offers arts and crafts, as well as refreshments. A $10 donation supports Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert. 73545 El Paseo, Ste. 2500, Palm Desert. 760-862-1990; www.thegardensonelpaseo.com

Santa Fly-In
Santa drops into the Palm Springs Air Museum on Dec. 13 at 1 p.m. to share his goody bags with the kids. All the good boys and girls can pose with Santa and a vintage airplane while sharing their wish lists. 745 N. Gene Autry Trail, Palm Springs. 760-778-6262; www.palmspringsairmuseum.org

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Four-legged friends can join in the holiday fun.

For Doggies, Too
Our four-legged family members can join in the fun at the Santa Paws 5K Run on Dec. 20 to benefit Guide Dogs of the Desert. 9 a.m. Mizell Senior Center, 480 Sunrise Way, Palm Springs. 760-413-6508; www.guidedogsofthedesert.org

Have your pet’s picture taken with Santa and support Paws ‘n’ Claus, Dec. 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at The Gardens on El Paseo. Your $10 donation helps Animal Samaritans. www.thegardensonelpaseo.com

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