The holiday season in La Quinta is a beautiful thing – instead of shoveling snow and slipping on icy walkways while finishing off holiday shopping, La Quinta residents get to kick back and enjoy beautiful weather and a bustling Christmas and New Year event schedule. There’s something for everyone this holiday season in La Quinta: whether you’re looking to indulge your artistic side with a traditional Christmas play, or to indulge your inner child with a busy holiday market.
Christmas Movies in the Park
What says Christmas more than watching holiday movies together with friends and family? The Indio Community Center’s movie in the park series is showing the Christmas classic How the Grinch Stole Christmas on December 11, 18, and 19 – pack up the kids, hop in the car, and watch this essential holiday classic together under the stars. For classic film fans, the La Quinta Resort also holds showings of the classic It’s a Wonderful Life all month long.
Holiday Concerts and Events
Everyone needs a little Christmas music to really get in the spirit of the season, and luckily, the McCallum Theatre’s Christmas calendar has events to keep you going strong all month long. The quintessential holiday classic The Nutcracker will be performed by the Los Angeles Ballet on December 15, and musical legends Barry Manilow and Leann Rimes will be gracing the stage with Christmas performances on December 8-13 and December 20.
Christmas Day Dinners
The holiday season is stressful, and not everyone has the time to prepare a full spread for guests and family members. Luckily, many of La Quinta’s best and most exclusive restaurants have Christmas Day hours and special dining events on offer. For an elegant and gourmet dining experience on the most magical day of the year, try Morgan’s In the Desert’s holiday dinner event, or the events at Twenty6 and the Adobe Grill. Watch out, though – you’ll want to book early if you want to get a seat at these in-demand holiday destinations.
Skiing and Snowboarding Destinations
If you’re longing for some powder to make your Christmas a little whiter, you’re in luck – Big Bear Lake is one of California’s most premiere skiing and snowboarding destinations. The two-hour drive from La Quinta is the perfect length for a day or weekend vacation, and you don’t have to worry about the SoCal weather cooperating with your snowy dreams – Big Bear Lake is full of incredible ski resorts that are always ready to provide manmade snow when Mother Nature isn’t up to dusting the slopes. Skiing and snowboarding enthusiasts should check out Bear Mountain and Snow Summit’s season passes, and if you’re looking for holiday gift ideas for the outdoorsman in your life, a prepaid weekend getaway at a private lodge like Snuggle Bear Cabin is a gift they’ll remember for years to come.
Christmas comes but once a year, and soon after it’s time to bid goodbye to 2015. La Quinta’s event calendar is packed full of markets, plays, festivals, and more to get you in a festive mood. Check out these hot spots for holiday fun before the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve!