Desert Holiday: Private Boat Rides with Santa

Set sail for the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa for an especially splashy way to enjoy the season.

THERE ARE MANY WAYS... to find and spend time with a certain Mr. S. Claus. Heading to your local mall is probably a good idea, if it is a Saturday in early December, or finding Kris Kringle visiting a school, or civic tree lighting, or other community-oriented event, is also a solid bet. But if you were to throw down a few words like "boat" and "desert," well, someone might say that all of the fairy tales that pop up around this time of year have gone to your tale-filled head. But there is a boat in the desert, Palm Desert, to be exact, and while it sails each year, at its resort-based home, it takes on an especially festive feel near Christmas. For that's when the...

PRIVATE BOAT RIDES WITH SANTA... commence at the JW Marriott Desert Springs Resort & Spa, rides that toodle around the property's "Venetian-inspired waterways." A Santa-fun boat outing'll last about 20 minutes, and, yes, there will be time for snapshots at the boat dock. The cost? It's $100 for the eveningtime to-do, which cruises, with Christmassy cheer, from 7 to 9 o'clock on Dec. 15, and again from Dec. 20-24, 2018. There are other...

FA, LA, LARKS AFOOT... around the resort, including a "LEGO-inspired gingerbread house" to snap pics with and a Winter Fresh Body Polish treatment at the spa. Are you and your honey thinking of doing the desert for the holiday? Or does the fam need to soak in some sunbeams? Swing by the resort's site for more on its offbeat boatly offering, a holiday happening that feels slightly magical. After all, a boat in the desert sounds like something straight from a storybook found inside a stocking.

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