Visit the North Pole in Palm Desert

A number of warm-hearted sights and sips are adding holiday cheer to the JW Marriott Desert Springs.

HOW MANY MILES ARE THERE... between the North Pole and Palm Desert? You can try using your map app of choice, or a paper one found in a book, or you can break out the spinnable globe, the one on the living room shelf. The answer is "probably well over 1000 miles" and "somewhere less than a million," but if you really wanted an accurate measurement, you only need look in your heart. Cue the "awwws," if you want, but we're serious: The North Pole is so enchanted, and enchanting, that it has a way of popping up, at least in part, in many unexpected places. One of those places happens to be at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, and while the pretty resort didn't import allll of the North Pole to festoon its lobby and surroundings — after all, the Claus family, many elves, and a passel of reindeer live in the famously frosty destination — it did charmingly borrow some of the North Pole's hallmarks. Such as? There's the...

LIFE-SIZE GINGERBREAD HOUSE... in the lobby of the Palm Desert destination, a camera-ready casa that stands at 11 feet tall. Santa is taking some time from gift prep to visit the house from Monday, Dec. 18 through Sunday, Dec. 24, so if you and the family have been longing for a trip to a sunshiny spot, but you want some Kris Kringle time, too, this could be for you. But this edible abode isn't the only sweet, and sweet thing, happening at the hotel during the December 2017 season; there's the Conductor's Cabin Room Package, which includes "a private Winter Express gondola ride through the resort's waterways" and a sip from Frosty's Flight at check-in, a libation experience that boasts customizable egg nogs and more. There are more goodies to the package, like a quartet of tickets to WildLights at the nearby Living Desert, so do give the resort a jingle for more information. 

SO HOW CLOSE... is the North Pole and Palm Desert, anyhow? In your heart — awww — both locations can occupy the very same spot at the same time. As for borrowing a few touchstone's of Santa's acclaimed village? The JW Marriott Desert Springs is doing so, now, with dash and more than a hint of gingery joy.

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