Festival of Lights Parade This Saturday

Palm Springs, CA – The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade is a coveted local tradition that has consistently been named one of the most popular local events in the Coachella Valley.  The Festival attracted national attention when an AOL Survey voted it one of the Top 10 Holiday Parades in the country.


Now in its 24th year, the Parade brings an old town feel…a slice of holiday-fashioned Americana with brightly lighted floats,  vintage cars with local and world-famous celebs, marching bands, specialty performers and of course…Santa.  Festival organizers are expecting more than 100,000 local residents and visitors from around the world to pack downtown to watch what the City of Palm Springs calls it’s signature holiday event.

The event kicks off at 5:45 PM this Saturday, December 5, 2015. The parade will run north along Palm Canyon Drive from Ramon Road to Tamarisk Road.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade - Photo: David A. Lee
Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade – Photo: David A. Lee

There are a few different ways to enjoy the event. Most Parade goers stake their claim on Palm Canyon Drive late in the afternoon,  propping up chairs and fluffing blankets to warm up with later. Others who wish to dine and gaze at the movement of lights from a front row seat in style, call ahead to reserve tables at the many restaurants that line the parade route.

Art & Gene's 9th Annual Festival of Lights Parade Party & Toys for Tots Fundraiser - Photo Courtesy of Art Strong
Art & Gene’s 9th Annual Festival of Lights Parade Party & Toys for Tots Fundraiser – Photo Courtesy of Art Strong

Viewing parties hosted by local companies, charities and groups of friends are becoming more and more popular. This will be the 9th year for Art & Gene’s Annual Festival of Lights Parade Party & Toys for Tots Fundraiser, which will be held high above the parade route at Matchbox. A donation of $25 plus a new unwrapped toy will get you into the party where there will be all you can eat appetizers, mini burgers, salads,  a pizza bar, soft Drinks and a cash and carry cocktail bar. Holiday & Gay Apparel Encouraged!

The Bank - Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997
The Bank – Julius Shulman photography archive, 1936-1997


Partners in The Bank, John McCoy, Michael Gambill, Laurence Colton and Robert Fountain, are hosting a viewing party at their new Palm Springs Mid Century Event Space located in the historic old Coachella Valley Savings and Loan building.

Acme House Company, the Palm Springs-based vacation home rental management company, is offering a special two night package for Festival goers.  They are offering one, two and three bedroom vacation homes at special discounts.  “We really enjoy helping the city accommodate out of town visitors for this event,” explained Ken Hudnall, Reservations Manager for Acme. “Normally we have a five night minimum at this time of year. But this is our way of giving back. We make it affordable for families and groups of friends to come to the Festival of Lights by offering this special two night package. ”

By taking advantage of Acme’s special you can spend the day poolside at your vacation home, then stroll down to Palm Canyon Drive to be in the midst of local holiday fun.  It’s an all-around great holiday vibe event – a must if you have the chance. Young or old, family style or just the two  of you, the memory of enjoying the Palm Springs Festival of Lights will certainly shine bright for years to come.

IF YOU GO – The 24th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade takes place on Saturday, December 5th 2015 at 5:45 pm.  This  is a free event. It’s important to get there a bit early to secure a spot to view the parade. Bring some folding chairs if you plan to stake your claim on Palm Canyon Drive. Reserve early if you would like a table at one of the outside patio restaurants. They do fill up fast.  All in all, the early bird gets the best view of Santa. Enjoy!

Acme House Company manages Luxury Vacation Home Rentals in Greater Palm Springs, catering to those looking to travel to the world-renowned desert destination for the season, week-long stays and extended weekends. Visit Acme’s Website to explore more homes.

Read the Condé Nast Traveler article that included Acme House Company in their list of Top 10 Vacation Rental Managers to Trust.

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