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5 Absolute Must-dos on Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

There is nothing quite as relaxing as waking up to the desert sun rising over the palm trees of Palm Springs. Nestled in the scenic Coachella Valley, this quiet desert oasis is one with a majestic natural appeal. A morning yoga session with views of the Santa Rosa Mountains helps calm the mind and center the soul. A warm autumn afternoon brings vibrant colors out across the open landscapes as the hills glow golden in the setting sun. Desert nights light up the sky with more stars than seems possible, making the peaceful solitude even more soothing. 

Thanksgiving in Palm Springs is the perfect adults-only destination for an unforgettable and rejuvenating weekend getaway.

With its quality spas and scenic walking trails, there is something calm and serene for everyone seeking respite in Palm Springs — and finding a slice of relaxation is an easy thing to do no matter what stress one is leaving behind. Whether you’re taking time for self-care after a busy year or celebrating Thanksgiving 2023 with good company, this desert oasis has much to offer for visitors looking to unwind. 


Here are 5 absolute must-dos for a rejuvenating weekend getaway on Thanksgiving in Palm Springs:

Escape to the quiet beauty of Joshua Tree National Park

Nestled between Palm Springs and Indio lies this wonderous landscape of dramatic rock formations and rare desert flora. While most are busy prepping turkey, you can immerse yourself in the quiet beauty of this national treasure.

Wander among the massive granite boulders and strange wind-sculpted trees that give the park its name. Look to the sky at night for glorious stars unobstructed by light pollution. Drive up to Keys View for breathtaking views stretching to Mount San Jacinto. You’ll feel recharged and grateful for this natural oasis, perfect for resting and reconnecting with Earth’s awe-inspiring works. 


Kickstart the holiday season at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens


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Celebrate the start of the Thanksgiving weekend by visiting the magical winter wonderland of Wildlights at the Living Desert Zoo and Gardens on November 24th and 25th, 2023. The 32nd season of Wildlights features new illuminated animal-themed displays and a towering 30-foot holiday tree, alongside returning festive favorites like the smores station, holiday carousel, and photos with Santa. Over 3,300 feet of G-scale model train tracks wind throughout the zoo, decked out in holiday style. 

Recognized as one of the top 10 best zoo lights in the nation by USA Today, it’s the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit while learning about exotic animals in a kaleidoscopic showcase of twinkling lights and dazzling illuminated exhibits. 


Take a tram ride up Mount Jacinto

For a fun adventure without all the effort this Thanksgiving in Palm Springs, take a ride on the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, the world’s largest rotating tram car, as it ascends nearly 6,000 feet up the Chino Canyon Wall to the Mount San Jacinto State Park above. Bundle up and embark on a stunning excursion through the mountains to see breathtaking views of the valley below. Twinkling lights, freshly fallen snow, and the high desert air are sure to leave you feeling refreshed and full of Thanksgiving cheer. 

Discover hidden trails, unique plant life, or simply soak in the solitude and stunning natural scenery. Afterwards, refuel at the tramway restaurant with local cuisine and watch the sunset glow over the desert far below. 


Watch a cabaret show at Palm Springs

Looking for something fun and uplifting to do after Thanksgiving in Palm Springs? Join the kickoff of Revolution Stage Company’s new cabaret series Rise Up Cabaret! Opening on Saturday, November 25th, Rise Up Cabaret transports you to New York City’s most exciting cabaret venues right at Palm Springs. Get ready for high-energy performances ranging from classic Broadway hits to cutting-edge new works in an inclusive, intimate atmosphere.


Indulge in a Well Retreat with Onsen’s Spa Massage Package


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Reimagine your Thanksgiving weekend as a wellness oasis at the Onsen Hotel & Spa. Our Wellness Retreat Package invites you to a world of bespoke relaxation, beginning with a 60-minute custom massage that blends nutrient-rich oils, therapeutic plant extracts, and the transformative power of CBD. Post-treatment, surrender to the soothing allure of our natural hot springs, a balm for any city-weary soul.

Your retreat includes overnight accommodations, a revitalizing breakfast, and free reign of our pool and jacuzzi, both fed by mineral-rich hot springs. Embrace the serenity of our fitness center, and enjoy the complimentary perks we’ve thoughtfully provided.

Nestled at Desert Hot Springs in the heart of the majestic Coachella Valley, the Onsen Hotel & Spa is an idyllic escape, where the natural splendor of Joshua Tree National Park and the charm of Palm Springs are merely a short drive away. Reimagine the holiday season—indulge, rejuvenate, and reconnect at Onsen Hotel & Spa.


A Rejuvenating Stay Awaits in Our Chic Desert Oasis.