Renaissance Esmeralda's Third Annual 12 Days Of Esmeralda Celebrates The Holidays A Different Way Each Day

Festivities blend California desert discoveries (like a partridge in a palm tree) with time-honored traditions

INDIAN WELLS, Calif., Nov. 20, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Located in the Palm Springs desert, Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa takes holiday celebrating to a whole new level with a 12 day calendar of festivities, everything from carolers to cocktails and chestnuts to carriage rides.


"We've created a holiday tradition for our visiting guests and our friends and neighbors in the local community to enjoy," shares Director of Operations Lauren Gellar. "And this year we are excited to be collecting unwrapped toys for donation to a Coachella Valley children's charity."

During the 12 Days of Esmeralda special holiday rates start at $139 (weekday) and $179 (weekend) from December 16-27. Reservations can be made by visiting For our guests checking in, we are providing $50 in resort credit with their donation of a gift for a child (based per stay to use towards spa and dining) as our holiday thank you.

The 12 Days of Esmeralda calendar of complimentary events (excluding Breakfast with Santa) includes:

Day 1. Sacred Heart Choir Carolers (Monday, Dec. 16)

The season of celebration starts with the sounds of holiday carols sung by the talented Sacred Heart Choir. Gather at Glo Lounge from 5:30-6:30pm and enjoy tasty treats including cookies and cider for the kids.

Day 2. Holiday Cocktail Class (Tuesday, Dec. 17)

Concoct whimsical cocktails filled with cider and spice and everything nice at Stir from 4-5 pm Sampling is encouraged and must be 21 or older. Reservations required.

Day 3. Holiday Cookie Decorating (Wednesday, Dec. 18)

Satisfy cravings for holiday goodies without the mess with cookie decorating and tips from Esmeralda's master chef from 2-4pm at Stir. Reservations required.

Day 4. Xavier Choir Carolers (Thursday, Dec. 19)

Kick-off the holiday weekend with the angelic melodies of carolers from the Xavier Choir, serenading one and all at Glo Lounge from 5:30-6:30 pm. After a day in the desert sun and evening of holiday music, hearts are warmed for the arrival of Christmas.

Day 5. Secret Santa Workshop (Friday, Dec. 20)

Calling all crafty kids! Design a personalized photo frame for mom and dad from 3-5 pm  in Stir. Cookies and milk add to the fun while little hands create a very special family keepsake.

Day 6. Carriage Rides (Saturday, Dec. 21)

Complement holiday celebrations with a charming carriage ride around the resort grounds … a truly Dickens-esque experience, from 12 to 4 pm.

Day 7. Pancakes & Santa (Sunday, Dec. 22)

Just days before his "big night out," Santa clears his schedule to spend the morning with all the little girls and boys making the Esmeralda home for the holidays and neighboring children. CAVA's famous breakfast buffet serves up all of Santa's favorites from 9-11 am with a cost of $24 for adults and $12 for kids. Reservations required.

Day 8. Roasting Chestnuts (Monday, Dec. 23)

The perfect way to round out the holiday fun is by meeting around the fire pits from 4-6pm to learn and  enjoy the art of roasting chestnuts.

Day 9. Tree Trimming (Tuesday, Dec. 24)

Traditional tree trimming can be found right here in the land of paradise and palms! Share the nostalgic experience of decorating ornaments and stringing popcorn from 11am-3pm in Stir. And the topper? Cookies and milk, of course!

Day 10. Gingerbread Houses (Wednesday, Dec. 25)

Adults and kids alike delight in creating gingerbread houses on Christmas Day from 11am-3pm. Reservations required.

Day 11. S'mores (Thursday, Dec. 26)

S'more holiday fun is planned with ooey gooey treats on the Emerald Patio from 7-9 pm.

Day 12. Eggnog Tasting (Friday, Dec. 27)

What are the holidays without eggnog? During the art of eggnog tasting at Glo Lounge from 4-6pm, novices and eggnog connoisseurs enjoy the flavors of the season.  Must be 21 or over and reservations required.

For more information, please visit or For activities that require reservations, please call (760) 836-1286.

About Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, a member of the Marriott group, invites guests to "Live Life to Discover" within a distinctive desert setting. Located in the prestigious community of Indian Wells and nestled into the foothills of the Santa Rosa Mountains, the four-star Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa is a highly sought after location for leisure getaways and meetings alike. Boasting 560 beautifully appointed guest rooms and suites along with more than 100,000 square feet of flexible indoor and outdoor function space, the resort's mountain vistas, picturesque Indian Wells golf course and pool area provide breathtaking views. Award-winning dining and entertainment options, luxurious spa and salon with state-of-the-art fitness center, unique pool experience with sandy beach and waterfalls, Camp Oasis Kids Club and world-class tennis and golf amenities awaits. 

Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, 44-400 Indian Wells Lane, Indian Wells, CA 92210-8708, (760) 773-4444. To discover more, follow us on Facebook at and Twitter at

About Renaissance Hotels

Renaissance Hotels encourages guests to Live Life to Discover at more than 155 hotels in 35 countries around the world.   Each hotel is unique and every stay offers an opportunity to explore local discoveries exclusive to the destination.  At every hotel, Renaissance Navigators are local experts ready to assist guests in discovering local flavors and activities.  Signature RLife LIVE entertainment events are designed to showcase emerging talent in music, the arts, culinary and more to inspire discovery. R.E.N. Meetings offers groups an experience beyond a traditional meeting rooted in creative sensory meeting design, RLife LIVE networking events and custom curated local Navigator excursions.   At Renaissance Hotels, we work to ensure that every trip is transformed into an eye-opening, unforgettable journey. You spend your life working, you should discover the world as you go. To discover more visit

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