The Best Ways to Celebrate Thanksgiving in Palm Springs

Posted By: Sarah Romero Tuesday, November 22, 2016

The rest of the country may be celebrating November 24 in chilly temperatures, but Palm Springs is sunny and warm! That’s why Thanksgiving in Palm Springs is one of the best times to unplug and play with family. Whether you’re in town for the whole week or just one day, show your family you’re thankful to have them. Use this list to make the most of your turkey day.


golfing in Palm Springs

Go Golfing

Share a love of the game with your spouse or your kids? Get out to one of Palm Springs’ golf courses. They’re highly rated, affordable, close to downtown, and each has their own style. Try Tahquitz Creek Golf Resort, Indian Canyons Golf Resort, or Escena Golf Club. Call each golf course for the best deals and to request tee times.  a list of vendors that will book tee times for you.


snow at the Palm Springs Aerial TramwayRide the Tram

It’s snowing at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway! So be sure to pack snow boots with your swimsuit. The Tram is operating a Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend schedule for Thursday, November 24, through Sunday, November 27. 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.


On Thanksgiving Day, stay for dinner at the top of the tram. Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets cover Tram fare and a cafeteria-style Thanksgiving meal at Pines Café. Tickets will be available for purchase at 8:00 a.m. Dinner service begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Combination tickets are $36 for adults and seniors, and $23.50 for kids (ages 3-12). The holiday menu includes a mixed greens salad with a choice of dressings; a choice of oven-roasted turkey, slow-roasted prime rib or vegetarian lasagna; citrus cranberry sauce, garlic mashed potatoes, cornbread stuffing, candied carrots and Green Bean Almondine; and old-fashioned carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Dinner roll along with a small fountain beverage, coffee or tea are included.


The Tram’s fine dining restaurant, Peaks Restaurant, will also begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:00 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by calling 760-325-4537.


Moorten's Botanical GardenTake a Walking Tour

You never know what you’ll discover while strolling around Palm Springs’ favorite outdoor venues. Take a look at this Top 5 List of Walking Tours that includes historical gems like Moorten’s Botanical Garden.


Leave Thanksgiving Dinner to the Professionals

Need last-minute dinner plans for Thanksgiving? Skimp on the work of preparing dinner without sacrificing any of the trimmings. Call these family-friendly restaurants in Palm Springs to ask about reservations.


Lulu California Bistro Palm SpringsLuLu California Bistro

Lulu’s Thanksgiving 4-course Feast includes all of the traditional Thanksgiving favorites, from traditional pumpkin soup to oven roasted turkey to classic pumpkin pie. Adults: $39.99 per person. Kids 12 and under: $19.99 per person. Served from 1:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Phone: 760.327.5858


Mr. Lyons Steakhouse

Only a few blocks from Ace Hotel & Swim Club and The Saguaro Palm Springs, this newly-revamped Palm Springs classic will feature a 3-Course Thanksgiving Day Dinner Menu. Adults: $55.00 per person. Kids 12 and under: $25.00 per person. Served from 3:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Phone: 760.327.1551 or book online.


Tell us: What are you doing in Palm Springs for Thanksgiving? Leave a note in the comments. And have a happy Thanksgiving!

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