Holiday SoCal’s WonderLAnd Drive-thru

Last night we drove to Warner Center for the preview of WonderLAnd a sparkling Cover safe drive-thru holiday experience.

Experiential Supply Co., transformed the former Westfield Promenade parking lot into a festive holiday adventure that is fun for all ages. This Covid-safe experience offers holiday music, colorful twinkling lights, sparkling snowflakes and a visit to Santa’s workshop. It opens on Nov. 30 through Dec. 23 and continues Dec. 26 through Dec. 30.

Your drive begins to the snow-capped North Pole mountains through colorful tunnels with nearly 1 million lights to WonderLAnd Village. Count how many polar bears you see while cruising to Santa’s workshop to see some of his comical elves busy wrapping holiday gifts.

There are two lanes of decorated houses in WonderLAnd Village decked out for every winter holiday and some dancing elves wave and shout holiday greetings as you drive by.

Santa, Mrs. Claus and the elves will be on hand with a special present at the end to place in the back of your trunk.

Tickets are $70 per vehicle and available now for timed tickets starting at 5 p.m. Go to SoCal WonderLAnd. 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills.

This review is also featured in the Beverly Press.

Holidays In Your Car in Ventura

Last Sunday, I drove through CBF Productions Holidays In Your Car at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. We lined up at sunset and waited until the the front car was allowed entrance at 5:30 p.m., then we followed behind for an immersive holiday show.

The Holiday Lights Spectacular runs from November 22 – January 2. Vehicles headlights are turned off, as couples and families drive through a sparkling mile-and-a-half display of over one million dazzling LED lights, accompanied by uplifting holiday music from radio station 96.9 tuned into each car radio.  

Along the route, cars enter into some of the Ventura Fairgrounds event buildings to see holiday-inspired holograms of Frosty and Santa, red and green laser light shows and impressive multi-colored projections casting festive images of the season.

There are two evenings where those in cars will get an extra special show. On Saturday, December 12, Holidays in Your Car is offering an outdoor live performance of The Nutcracker. This holiday classic will be performed by the Ventura County Ballet, with both world-class professional dancers and local talent.  The lead roles will be performed by Elizaveta “Leeza” Domrachev of Ballet Academy Ventura, who has danced with Russia’s prestigious Perm State Ballet, and Jack Stewart, who has danced globally with State Street Ballet.  They will be joined by a number of other professional dancers and 50 highly talented local dance students.

This is one of only a handful of outdoor Nutcrackers performed in the U.S. this year. The two performances are scheduled at 5pm and 8pm, at the Ventura County Fairgrounds. Ticket prices start at $99.00 per car.

The Santa Saves Christmas live show is on Saturday, Dec. 19. It’s produced by the creators behind Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer:  The Musical and The Price is Right Live, and is full of holiday cheer, snowy surprises and dazzling performers.  There will be two performances scheduled, one at sunset at 4:30 and the other at 7:30 pm.

For full “Holidays In Your Car” event information and to purchase tickets, please visit https://www.concertsinyourcar.com/ventura.

Seeing Holiday Light Displays in So Cal

Have you noticed the holiday light displays are bigger and better than ever? Besides lights, there is music, food offerings, entertainment and visits from special people from the North Pole. Here’s a guide to 5 of my favorite Holiday themed destinations:

  1. Christmas in The Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Universal Studios Hollywood – IMG_4277As night falls, Hogemeade Village sparkles with snow capped roofs and storefronts decorated with holiday light garland and decorations. The Hogwarts Castle is lit with color illuminating Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry during designated times with an awe-inspiring light projection show that is choreographed to the musical arrangement from the from the Harry Potter movies –https://dineandtravel.me/2017/11/10/christmas-extravaganza-at-universal-studios-hollywood/.
  2. Enchanted Forest of Lights at Descanso Gardens –

    This is the second year that Descanso Gardens, a renowned 150 acre botanical oasis filled with California native plants and oak wonderlands, is open in the evening for locals and visitors to witness one of the most dazzling and unique holiday season light show. https://dineandtravel.me/2017/11/21/experience-enchanted-forest-of-light/.

  3. Disneyland and California Adventure – 

    Disneyland and California Adventure seem extra festive this year. For a second year the park is decked out for the spirit of the season with decorations offering a celebration of Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, and Diwali. Here are 10 activities to see and experience in both theme parks before January 7 – 2017. https://dineandtravel.me/2017/11/17/10-disney-holiday-magic-experiences/

  4. The Americana at Brand –

    The holidays are joyous at Americana at Brand with special hours, a Santa House, holiday shopping, singers, drummers, entertainers on stilts and trolley rides. Celebrate the magic of the holiday season near a soaring Christmas Tree with thousands of lights and ornaments, set in a winter wonderland with snow falling on The Green every evening at 7 & 8 pm, through December 25. Read about the newest store selling holiday sweets and gifts for friends, coworkers, family and yourself –

    https://dineandtravel.me/2017/12/03/the-americana-at-brand-is-sweeter-with-sees-candies/.

  5. BOLD in Beverly Hills –  

    Robin Thicke performed at the annual Rodeo Drive Holiday Lighting Celebration on Nov. 16. (photo by Vivien Killilea/Getty Images for AGENC)

    “Every day feels like a holiday in Beverly Hills,” said Beverly Hills Mayor Lili Bosse. Bosse conceived BOLD (Beverly Hills Open Later Days) as a way to make the city “fresh and competitive.”  Holiday events in Beverly Hills include the Tinseltone Carolers singing at various locations throughout the city on Fridays. From 5 to 8 p.m., the Madrigal Singers perform on Rodeo Drive. On Saturday, Santa appears at the Paley Center for Media from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., It’s one of  many appearances he will make through Christmas Eve. Events in December include the daily menorah lightings starting on Dec. 12 at Montage Beverly Hills during Hanukkah. Bistro tables and chairs were installed on Rodeo Drive for BOLD during the summer and remain through the holiday season, offering a warm and inviting environment. The city offers special parking rates through Jan. 2. Two hours free parking, with a $5 maximum rate are offered at 9510 Brighton Way, 345 N. Beverly Drive, 241-242 N. Canon Drive, 438 N. Beverly Drive, 439 N. Canon Drive, 461 N. Bedford Drive and 216 S. Beverly Drive. There will also be one hour free parking at other lots with a $5 maximum rate. To learn more – lovebeverlyhills.com/boldholidays.

     

Experience Enchanted Forest of Light

This is the second year that Descanso Gardens, a renowned 150 acre botanical oasis filled with California native plants and oak wonderlands, is open in the evening for locals and visitors to witness one of the most dazzling and unique holiday season light show.

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Starting on Nov. 19, guests walk along a one mile long pathway to see 10 sections in the gardens bathed with different luminescent experiences. Lights are projected or free-standing to showcase the plants and trees.

It’s an interactive and fun time where guests manipulate joy sticks to make the lights change, jump on colorful lit pads to change colors, and stand under grand oak trees to hear a symphony of sound.

 

Just like the Tulips in Spring
Hundreds of tulip lights are planted into the ground along the Promenade, that dazzle in waves with a rainbow of colors from white, pink, orange, red, green and blue.

 

Light Up The Trees
Walking to the second area – Rainbow Sycamores with multiple towers near stately sycamore trees that are bathed in glorious light. Guests can control the light show by touching the towers and change the light effects.

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Walking Under Lit Stars
Walk under an long arch of lit stars to reach the Lightwave Lake. Visitors can create this look in their own backyard by shopping at The Descanso gift shop.

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Grab a Snack at the Lightwave Lake
Not only can guests warm up with a cup of hot chocolate or light meal near the Lake House, but Descanso’s beautiful lake offers a shimmering and shining interactive show. This lake was installed years ago by Descanso founder E. Manchester Boddy. The “tree controls” allows visitors to create their own light show.

 

Making Music Among Ancient Oak Trees
Be sure to stand in the center of the Symphony of Oaks area. It’s a visually spectacular experience for visitors, where ancient live oak trees “sing” with color and sound. Guests can compose their own symphony of hues by stepping on the lit platforms under each majestic tree.

Sensational Sightings
After making music, take the pathway to Fantasy Forest to see Descanso’s famous forests of camellias lit in gorgeous shades of blue and red to showcase the 700 varieties of the winter-blooming plant. There is a beautiful Illuminated chandelier that illuminates the pathway.

 

The large lawn features Aqueous by Jen Lewin, a meandering pathway of lights. During the day, Aqueous shifts in color and reflection. Here at the Luminous Lawn is another opportunity to purchase a beverage or a snack before moving on to the last three more stops. Kids will love the “Candy Bar” where they can choose from a selection of 20 different candies. Adults will want to purchase the pork ribs with potato salad and Maple beignet meal.

 

Plants as old as Dinosaurs
Before you reach the Ancient Forest you will walk under trees that look as if one million fireflies are softly fluttering above and next to you. It is one of the most serene sights of the evening. Turn into the Ancient Forest to imagine how the world might have looked during the days of the dinosaurs. Each plant is highlighted with fog, lights and sound. Under a canopy of towering redwoods, lights shine on tree ferns, cycads and ginkgoes from the Jurassic and Cretaceous period, millions of years ago.

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This is a newer exhibit to Descanso Garden thanks to a donation in 2015 by Katia and Frederick Elsea, La Canada residents. Their collection of more than 180 cycads, known as the oldest known seed-bearing plant species were planted under the redwoods and near tree ferns to replicate a ecosystem during the Jurassic period, the age of the dinosaurs. Slow-growing, cycads often live hundreds of years.

Lilac Pixel Grove
Glowing reeds of prismatic lights illuminate the lilac garden.

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Seeking Good Fortune
The last exhibit is a garden filled with hundreds of brilliant reds lanterns. Walk past trickling streams of water in the iconic Japanese Garden to the Garden of Good Fortune. This is where the Enchanted tour concludes with a spectacular light display celebrating the Japanese Garden’s 51st anniversary. Glowing red lanterns contrast with the traditional blue and green colors in Descanso’s Japanese Garden.

Lights enhance live oaks, and many of the plants that originated in Asia, including camellias, black pines, mondo grass, flowering cherry trees and Japanese maples. Designed just like the gardens in Japan, there is a stroll garden, stream-and-pond garden, tea garden, and raked-gravel garden (karesansui).

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Dine at Maple Restaurant
Master Chef Joachim Splichal and Chef Mark Salazar with his team prepare dinner at MAPLE inside Descanso Gardens. It’s the ideal holiday dinner spot to celebrate with friends and family before or after your Enchanted Forest of Light visit.
The á la carte Enchanted dinner is offered nightly from 5 to 10 p.m. to the exhibit’s ticketed guests. The menu features classic fall and winter flavors alongside garden-fresh cocktails, craft beer, and wine.

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Descanso Gardens is located at 1418 Descanso Dr, La Cañada Flintridge, CA 91011. To purchase tickets, click on this link – https://www.descansogardens.org/programs-events/enchanted/faqs/

Ventura Harbor HOLIDAY PARADE OF LIGHTS CRUISE

We arrived at the Ventura Harbor just as the sun was setting behind the Channel Islands into the Pacific Ocean. It was one of the best sunsets I have witnessed in a long time. The sky was a robin’s egg blue, the islands were visible and wispy clouds were above the horizon.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Across from the beach, the Ventura Harbor Village was decorated with colorful holiday lights on the roof lines of every shop and restaurant to celebrate Ventura Harbor’s Winter Wonderland & Holiday Marketplace.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

In the water were sailboats with red, green, blue and white lights running up the mast to the boom and jib line. Motorboats were decked out with live Christmas trees and a band was warming up before the show at the back of a pleasure craft. Locals and tourists placed stadium chairs along the edge of the walkway to get front row seats for the boat parade and firework show.

Strolling along the paved walkway in the Village we noticed faux snow falling near the Coastal Cone shop and Rudolph the reindeer shaking hands and posing for photos with visitors. Santa and Mrs. Claus visit children and their parents at the Carousel Stage.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Victorian Carolers serenade customers outside stores filled with holiday gifts for shoppers. On the main lawn, near Island Packers office, is a Holiday Carnival complete with Ferris Wheel, Kettle Corn and a Fun House to explore from 1 to 10 p.m.

Since it was the 40th annual Parade of Lights & Fireworks, I was invited to board a decorated 64′ Island Packers Catamaran docked at the Ventura Harbor.  While enjoying an elaborate mediterranean feast prepared by The Greek (a family owned restaurant at the Ventura Harbor since 1994), we grabbed a plate and selected triangles of pita with tzatziki and hummus; chicken breast kebobs with grilled onions and peppers; Spanakopita and etheral Moussaka.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Backing away from the dock, brightly decorated boats cruised by our boat with passengers shouting out “Happy Holidays” and “Merry Christmas” to us. There were over 30 boats joining the line for a boat parade. Power boats were first followed by sailboats and dingys.

A group of judges sat on shore to admire and rate each boat on theme, creativity,  uniqueness.  Since our boat wasn’t part of the parade, we docked at the other side of the harbor and watched the parade sail by. The National Park Boat had a small volcano erupt on board. Another boat had a line of dancing flamingos.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

After the parade we cruised to the Ventura Keys to see the holiday lights on the back of houses and docks. Many of the residents were having their own holiday party on their decks and shouted “Merry Christmas” to us as we cruised by to admire their light displays.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Afterwards our Captain took us out near the breakwater and cut the engine. At 8 p.m. the evening culminated with a spectacular launching of fireworks near our boat on a sandy berm. We all remarked that we have never been so close to fireworks, and it was quite a thrill.

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Photo by Jill Weinlein

Island Packers is cruising Dec. 19, 20, 21 and 23 on the same holiday tour through the harbor and Ventura Keys homes. While onboard it’s a party with light snacks and beverages available for purchase at the boat’s snack bar. The friendly crew members encourage guests to sing holiday carols with them during the one hour cruise. The Holiday Cruise leaves at 6:30 p.m. and returns back to shore at 7:30 p.m.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Before of after the cruise be sure to enjoy dinner near the dock at The Greek at the Ventura Harbor Village overlooking the harbor. The owners are very kind and the food is the best mediterranean cuisine in the area.

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

To book a holiday light cruise go to www.islandpackers.com or call (805)642-1393. Island Packers is at 1619 Spinnaker Drive, Ventura Harbor Village.

3 Fun Holiday Fun Activities in Palm Springs

Looking for some festive fun during the holidays? Palm Springs and the surrounding communities are filled with colorful lights and fun parties to put you in a cheery mood. Here are 3 fun events and sights to see during the holidays and into 2017:

Sunrise in Indian Wells - Photo by Jill Weinlein
Sunrise in Indian Wells – Photo by Jill Weinlein

Miramonte’s Naughty and Nice Party

The boutique Miramonte Resort and Spa is hosting a Naughty or Nice Party on Dec. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. Bartenders at Vineyard Lounge will prepare exclusive Naughty or Nice cocktails, while Executive chef Paul Hancock mingles with guests while making Naughty + Nice Bites.

Chef Paul Hancock - Photo by Jill Weinlei
Chef Paul Hancock – Photo by Jill Weinlei

Share your sins with Santa and he will wipe the slate clean! Be sure to wear holiday attire for fun Photo Booth memory pictures. Each naughty guest will be entered to win a $50 bar credit, while nice guests can win a $50 The Well spa credit. Make a $25 donation to enter the party and proceeds will benefit the FIND Food Bank.

Sit by the fire on cool nights at Miramonte Resort - Photo by Jill Weinlein
Sit by the fire on cool nights at Miramonte Resort – Photo by Jill Weinlein

Stay overnight with holiday special rates. Nestled at the base of the Santa Rosa Mountains and dotted with fragrant olive, orange, lemon and cypress trees, the two-story hotel is spread out among 11 acres of land decorated with brilliant pinks and peach Bougainvillea flowers.

Miramonte is located in the heart of the Coachella Valley between La Quinta and Palm Springs. This popular desert town is now a global destination for locals and guests watching elite tennis players compete at the BNP Paribas Open in the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. It’s also an ideal location to stay while attending all of the music festivals – Coachella, Stagecoach and Desert Trip.

Morning hike to start the day - Photo of writer.
Morning hike to start the day – Photo of writer.

One of my favorite activities was hiking with the General Manager Mark Jeffrey. He and his dog Derby (a friendly lab) led guests on a dirt path to a cross on top of a hill. While looking out at exquisite views of the Coachella Valley, another hiker shared with us that Frank Sinatra had this cross installed up on top of the hill as a tribute to his mother. It was a moderate 4.1 mile hike, ideal to get your 10,000 steps in for the day. Hikes are available based on Jeffrey and Derby’s availability.

Miramonte Resort & Spa – 45000 Indian Wells Lane Indian Wells, CA 92210 (760) 341-2200 – http://www.miramonteresort.com.

Holidays at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Listen to holiday music at 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Mountain Station on Dec. 9, 10, 11, 16 with local high schools singing holiday carols at the Pines Cafe Stage. Take a ride to the other North Pole on Saturday, Dec. 17, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to visit Santa. There will be free candy canes and photo opportunities for the kids. During Dec. 17 to Jan. 1, 2017, the first tram up each day will be at 8:00 a.m., the last tram up will be at 8:00 p.m. and the last tram down will be at 9:45 p.m. Usually the top during this time of the year, has a beautiful blanket of snow.

The new tram cars rotate 360 degrees on a cable to the top on San Jacinto state park wilderness - Photo Jill Weinlein
The new tram cars rotate 360 degrees on a cable to the top on San Jacinto state park wilderness – Photo Jill Weinlein

On December 25 and Jan. 1, 2017, buy a Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets to ride the Tram and dine at Pines Café (a cafeteria-style restaurant). This ticket begins at 8 a.m. (rather than the usual 4:00 p.m.) Dinner service begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Combination tickets are $36 for adults and $23.50 children (ages 3-12).

From Desert floor to snowy forest - Photo by Jill Weinlein
From desert floor to snowy forest – Photo by Jill Weinlein

Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:00 a.m. on December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537.

The most amazing holiday light and sound show in Palm Springs- Photo by Jill Weinlein
The most amazing holiday light and sound show in Palm Springs- Photo by Jill Weinlein

One of a kind Robo (Holiday) Lights 

There are some exceptional people living in Palm Springs, and artist Kenny Irwin Jr.’s is one of them. This talented man is passionate about putting together recycled materials into art. His gift started as young as 2 years old. Throughout the years, he has made and installed around his family home and yards, one of the most spectacular art and holiday light shows in Palm Springs. He flips the switch to inflate huge holiday decorations and almost one million lights of every color. His unique art and sci-fi creations feature gigantic metal robots, mini rollercoasters (not for humans), lookout towers, water features with huge rubber ducks, and an aviary filled with doves and pigeons. Irwin reminds me of a young Walt Disney with genius ideas about a new land for others to experience. I hope one day Irwin’s dream of creating his new park for others to come visit comes true. Donations are welcome at the front of the house in the Movie Colony section of the city.

Address: 1077 E Grannie Valmont, Palm Springs – Hours 4 p.m.- 9:30 p.m. now until January 3, 2017.

Enchanted Forest of Light at Descanso Gardens

Photo by Jill Weinlein
Photo by Jill Weinlein

Here’s my review of one of the most spectacular interactive light show in Southern California. Located in La Canada Flintridge is a hidden gem – The Descanso Gardens.  Starting on Black Friday, November 25 to January 8, 2017, starting at 5 p.m. each evening, visitors can stroll about one mile to witness eight different gardens. Read more about this fun holiday event – http://hubpages.com/travel/Best-Holiday-Light-Show-in-Los-Angeles

10 Holiday Events in Palm Springs

Even though the temperature in December is in the 70s during the day, it can get chilly during the evening, inspiring at holiday climate. Here are 10 Festive Things to See and Do During The Holidays in the greater Palm Springs area –

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

  1. It’s A Wonderful Life at La Quinta Resort –Legendary director and screenwriter Frank Capra used to come to La Quinta Resort to get away from hectic Hollywood. He loved staying in the San Anselmo casita and sitting by the pool for inspiration to write his Academy Award winning scripts. I love the Starlight Casitas with its big patio, outdoor fireplace, conversational couch, coffee table, another table and four chairs. The views of the nearby majestic mountains and one of the 41 pools inspired me to write too. The holiday tree is now up and shining bright. The prix fixe menu by three-time James Beard award-winning chef and pioneer of the farm-to-table movement, Jimmy Schmidt at Morgan’s in The Desert is elegant. The new Sommelier Lisa Tussing pairs each course beautifully. Be sure to rent bicycles and ride the 7-mile route from La Quinta to La Quinta Cove and Old La Quinta before pedaling back to the resort. http://www.laquintaresort.com

2. Holiday Villagefest

Every Thursday in December: Holiday Villagefest downtown Palm Springs is a festive shopping event among dazzling lit palm trees lining Palm Canyon Drive. Gifts available during this holiday shopping night range from fashion apparel to home furnishings in downtown and the uptown design district. Hours are from 6 to 10 p.m. http://www.villagefest.org/

(Photo by Jill Weinlein)
(Photo by Jill Weinlein)

3. Visit the Living Desert Museum

Where else in California can you ride a camel? Visit The Living Desert – In the evening, come see over 750,000 twinkling lights illuminate The Living Desert. This year wild lights featuring new light displays, holiday entertainment and wildlife wonder shows. Festivities are every Friday and Saturday evenings with special days added for Christmas. http://www.livingdesert.org/

(Photo Courtesy of the Living Desert Museum)
(Photo Courtesy of the Living Desert Museum)

4. City of Palm Springs Annual Tree Lighting

On December 3, the City of Palm Springs and Santa Claus will be at Frances Stevens Park for the annual lighting of the City’s 22-foot “green” holiday tree. There will be free cookies and hot cocoa, plus some surprises. Bring one canned food item to feed the hungry during the holidays. The lighting is at 5 to 7 p.m. on the corner of Alejo and Palm Canyon Drive near Palm Canyon Theater. www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us. The tree will be up for all to admire after December 3 until after the holidays.

5. Festival of Lights Parade

Celebrity Tony Hawk will be the 2015 Celebrity Grand Marshal for the City of Palm Springs’ signature parade is the Festival of Lights featuring floats adorned in colorful holiday lights, marching bands, performing groups and Santa and Mrs. Claus. This year’s parade is on December 5 at around 5:45 pm. It starts at Ramon Road and Palm Canyon Drive. http://www.psfestivaloflights.com/

(Photo Courtesy of Palm Springs Aerial Tram)
(Photo Courtesy of Palm Springs Aerial Tram)

6. Ride the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

On December 6, singer Jack Jones will be the Celebrity Tree Lighter at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. The tree is full of 6,000 Led lights. Festivities begin at the Mountain Station at 5:30 p.m. with the Palm Springs High School Choir singing a selection of holiday songs. Event is free with tram admission price. Both the Valley Station and Mountain Station will be festively decorated by Ultimate Events Inc. Take a ride up the tram during the holiday season. Hopefully there will be a little bit of snow. If not, the views are amazing and the aroma of the pine needles enhance the holiday spirit up at the top of the tram. Go to www.pstramway.com.

(Walk of the Inns at Korakia Photo credit David A. Lee)
(Walk of the Inns at Korakia Photo credit David A. Lee)

7. Walking Tour of the Inns

The 20th annual, free self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’ unique collection of boutique hotels and historic inns, and holiday toy drive for well in the desert. The city’s historic and mid- century modern gems open their doors on December 10 for public tours as part of its annual ‘Walking Touring of the Inns.” Visit 100-year old adobe inns to Mediterranean inspired villas, that include Casa Cody, Old Ranch Inn, Orbit In, Korakia Pensione, and Calla Lilly Inn. The tour begins at 4 p.m. and and runs until 7:00pm. The evening self-guided tour begins at any of the participating hotels or at Palm Springs Art Museum at 101 Museum Way. The museum will provide free maps and flashlights for the walk. Maps can be picked up at the Palm Springs Art Museum. www.walkingtouroftheinns.com

8. Santa Fly-In at Palm Springs Air Museum

On December 13 at 1 p.m., Santa flies into Palm Springs early with a bag full of goodies for all children, under the wing of a vintage warbird. Children under 12 years old admitted free with a paying adult. www.palmspringsairmuseum.org

(Photo courtesy of the Gay Mens Choir)
(Photo courtesy of the Gay Mens Choir)

9. Holiday Music and Song

The Palm Springs gay men chorus presents Brassy, Sassy and Classy songs from the mid-century era on December 13 at 8 p.m. and December 14 at 3 p.m, at the Jewish Community Center Palm Springs. Some of the holiday hits they will sing include – “I’ll be home for Christmas” and “Santa bring my baby back”. This entertaining holiday program includes Hanukkah favorites, and will also introduce new small ensembles. http://www.psgmc.com/home/

(Photo courtesy of the Desert Sun)
(Photo courtesy of the Desert Sun)

10. Robolights

Now through January 3, 2016 come see a one-of-a-kind holiday tradition Robots and tons of lights. These are painted and recycled sculptures are draped in lights by Kenny Irwin’s, the creator of Robolights. “This year will be fifty times better than the past. Nearly three tons of lights will be flipped and the public will be mesmerized to one of the holiday’s most unique experience,” said Irwin. Be sure to check out the peppermint climbing tower of robots. Daily from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Irwin Family Estate 1077 E Granvia Valmonte, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

To learn more about Holiday events in greater Palm Springs area, go to www.visitgreaterpalmsprings.com