11 Reasons to Celebrate the Holidays in Indian Wells

Let the Fun, Games and Merriment Begin!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And while many of us enjoy being home for the holidays, it’s just as fun to get away. If you and your family are itchin’ for a change of scenery this season, we’ve got the perfect escape that’ll make all things merry and bright; the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells features a full-service spa, multiple dining and beverage options and a spectacular pool with a desert-style sandy beach. And this year, this top-notch resort is putting on a 11-day holiday extravaganza your whole family will love! Here’s an inside look at all of the festivities taking place. Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway


December 23

Camp Esmeralda will begin the first day of events with a fun, holiday-themed afternoon of crafting for kids from noon-4 p.m., followed by a Holiday Punch Bowl in the hotel lobby at 6 p.m. The holiday spirit continues with carolers sharing festive songs and good cheer from 6-8 p.m. at The Place, the resort’s innovative cocktail lounge.

Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway

December 24

This Christmas Eve, we’re heading back to Camp Esmeralda for children’s holiday-themed crafting from noon-4 p.m. Excitement is building as the festivities continue with complimentary cocoa and cookies for all at the Baby It’s Cold Outside Hot Chocolate Bar, hosted at The Place from 6-8 p.m. Sleep tight tonight because there is a full day of festivities for everyone tomorrow!


December 25

To get you in the Christmas Day spirit, head to CAVA for Santa’s Christmas Brunch from 10 a.m.-noon. And for those looking to catch a game, football fans can snack on team-inspired appetizers at The Place, which features giant TV screens for optimal viewing. Beginning at 4 p.m., the holiday planners are testing creativity and teamwork with edible real estate! That’s right—you and your family can build gingerbread houses! Try not to eat the complimentary supply of gumdrops, candy canes and lollipops along the way.

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December 26

We are moving full steam ahead with complimentary train rides at the Lobby Level. This special event will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and is perfect for the kiddos! This would also be a fine day to enjoy some of Renaissance Esmeralda’s first-class amenities, including their state-of-the-art fitness center and sandy beach pool.

Locale Insight: Professional yoga instruction is available with Yoga Central and is complimentary for hotel guests. There’s no better time to work off those calories!



December 27

Indian Wells is an idyllic location within the Greater Palm Springs area with its proximity to local activities. Spend some time shopping on the famous El Paseo or visit the Living Desert Zoo to see the all-new Rhino Safari. When you return, the calming poolside fire pits will be anticipating your arrival. Plus, adults can attend the Holiday Punch Bowl Ritual in the lobby at 6 p.m. and  experience one of the resort’s signature drinks with a holiday twist! 

Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway

December 28

The Kid’s Fun Zone begins at 10 a.m. and will teach the little ones how to design their own colorful tie dye shirt ($20 per kit). Bring it home as a testament to your creativity and a fond memory of your fun holiday vacation.

Local Insight: Indian Wells plays host to the annual BNP Paribas Open, a world-class professional tennis tournament. The nearby Tennis Garden Courts are available to book when tournaments aren’t taking place, and the Renaissance staff will assist with planning your tennis arrangements.


December 29

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Kids cookie decorating begins at 10 a.m., featuring a delightful and delicious finale ($4 per kit). With an activity-free day for the adults, this would make for a superb spa day as you prepare for New Year’s Eve. Spa Esmeralda offers an assortment of soothing services, from scalp treatments and facials to aromatic massages.

December 30

Bring out your creative side with an instructor-led painting class for adults at 4 p.m. This event costs $25 per person and includes all the necessary supplies. After your class, grab dinner at one of the resort’s several dining outlets—but don’t stay up too late! You’ll want to be plenty rested for the New Year’s Eve celebrations beginning tomorrow evening.

Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway

December 31

Jump-start New year’s Eve with some funky hair design! Your kids will be delighted as their hair gets transformed into wearable art. This event begins at 6 p.m., and caricature artists will be standing by to capture the family together for a fun portrait. New Year’s Eve dinner is a special seafood and prime rib buffet from 5-10 p.m. at CAVA. And don’t miss out on the live entertainment all evening long at The Place!

Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway

January 1

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Happy New Year! Kids crafting begins at 10 a.m. with a Fluffy Slime Class—a sticky, stretchy and sublime event the little ones won’t want to miss ($5 per kit). Start your new year with a relaxing poolside day with the family, followed by the Holiday Punch Bowl at 6 p.m. to toast the New Year!


January 2

Sunday is the last day for Kids Fun Zone Arts & Crafts at Camp Esmeralda! Let the kids tap into their creative side, then finish off your trip with one last Holiday Punch Bowl celebration before you hit the road home.

Family-Friendly Holiday Getaway

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells
44400 Indian Wells Ln
Indian Wells, CA 92210

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