Things to do in Palm Springs Thanksgiving Weekend


Looking for things to do Thanksgiving Weekend in Palm Springs and the Coachella Valley?  We have you covered with everything going on during the 4-day Turkey Holiday. 

Turkey Trots – Thursday

Martha’s Village 5k

Run off some calories before scarfing down on double what you burned off later in the day at a host of 5Ks held around the Coachella Valley Thursday morning, including:

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Thanksgiving Noms – Thursday

If you’re not spending Thanksgiving at home, there are plenty of restaurants open on Turkey Day in Palm Springs.    Some highlights include:

  • Dine at 8,500 feet at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway which will be offering Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets for Pines Café all day for $36.  Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:00 am on Thanksgiving Day. You can get more info here.
  • Desert Willow Golf Resort Thanksgiving Buffet from noon to 4 pm.  Adults are $54, kids are $20. More info here.
  • Buffet at Jackalope Ranch in Indio from 11 am – 7 pm. Adults $54, kids $19, under 3 free.  More info here.
  • Thanksgiving Buffet at La Quinta Resort‘s historic Fiesta Ballroom.  Adults are $87, kids 6-12 are $45, under 5 are free.  More info here.
  • Roy’s in Rancho Mirage will have a $39.99 meal that will include items like Pan Roasted Teriyaki Glazed Turkey, Lobster Bisque, Portuguese Sausage Stuffing, and Bacon Gravy. More info here.
  • LULU and ACQUA will have a $39.99 four-course Thanksgiving meal. More info here and here.

Remember: It’s a holiday, so be sure to tip the staff pretty great as, even though you are wonderful, they would probably rather be with their family rather than brining you extra gravy.

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WildLights – Begins Friday

The annual Holiday Lights event is back for its run at the Living Desert in Palm Desert.  You can explore the zoo’s one million lights plus there will be live entertainment, arts and crafts, carousel rides, and Santa!!!

Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for kids, and children under 3 are free.

(The Living Desert)

Black Friday Shopping

We know, you are probably going to do some shopping.  So we’ll be keeping track of all the Black Friday (and Cyber Monday) deals here.

The Ten Tenors – Tuesday through Sunday

The McCallum Theater lists them as their most popular act of all time – having sold out a whopping 30 shows at the Palm Desert venue.  They’ll perform six shows Thanksgiving week, promising new songs, old classics, and Holiday music too.  Tickets start at $50.

(McCallum Theater)

La Quinta Brewing Co.’s 5th Anniversary Party – Saturday


The local brewer is celebrating their 5th Anniversary with a parking lot party with live bands, food, and two new beer releases, including their 5th Anniversary Barleywine. Entry is free.

(Facebook Event)

La Quinta Resort Tree Lighting – Saturday

The property kicks off the holiday season with their annual tree lighting ceremony with carolers, cookies and hot chocolate, chestnut roasting, and a visit by Santa Claus.  The event runs from 6 to 9 pm.

(Facebook Event)

Meat Puppets – Saturday

The alt rockers headed to Pioneertown for a Saturday night, all-ages show at Pappy + Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace.  All tickets are $25.

(Pappy + Harriet’s)

This post will be updated if/when new events are announced.  Anything we missed?  Let us know about it.

Have a great Thanksgiving in Palm Springs and save me some leftovers!!!!!

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