La Quinta, CA, November 11, 2010 --(PR.com
)-- At La Quinta Resort & Club, there are always colorful, entertaining and delicious holiday activities to be enjoyed by members, visitors and locals – all set in the alluring desert landscape with the Santa Rosa Mountains as its celebratory background. This year, the resort has also created guest and community-oriented events centered on the characters, happenings and setting of Frank Capra’s iconic holiday movie and American Film Institute classic, “It’s a Wonderful Life” – which he wrote while staying at his favorite La Quinta casita!
Fa la la La Quinta “It’s a Wonderful Life” Film Tribute
November 27 through December 25
The resort’s Main Plaza will be reminiscent of “Bedford Falls” on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of each week, with carolers, entertainment and live mannequins in the shop windows.
Bell Ringing every day in the Plaza – based on “Every time a bell rings an angel gets their wings.” When selected lucky guests will receive special resort-related gifts.
“It’s A Wonderful Wish” resort-themed raffle prize wreaths will be displayed in the lobby with proceeds from raffle tickets going to local charities.
“Potter’s” cigars can be rolled onsite near Adobe Grill.
Hundreds of luminarias decorated by local school children will be on display.
Each Saturday evening will feature a mini tree lighting ceremony.
Complimentary showing of “It’s a Wonderful Life” every Saturday evening at 8pm in the resort’s theater.
“Wonder in Light” Tree Lighting Celebration, La Quinta Main Entry
Saturday, November 27, 5:00 to 10:30 pm
Frank Capra’s grandson, Frank Capra III, and Karolyn Grimes who played Zuzu Bailey in “It’s a Wonderful Life” will attend the tree lighting ceremony – officially launching the resort’s winter holiday season – guests, members and the local community are all invited to enjoy complimentary entertainment.
5:00 – 5:15 pm Benjamin Franklin Elementary School Choir to perform
5:15 – 5:25 pm Introduction and Welcome from Mayor Rupp
5:25 – 5:35 pm Santa Arrives and Lights the Towering 45-foot White Fir Tree
6:00 – 10:30pm Holiday Musical Entertainment on the Plaza
It’s Always a Wonderful Life at La Quinta Package
Available December 3, 2010 through March 1, 2010
La Quinta Resort’s special holiday gift to travelers who stay two nights is a complimentary third night. Rates starting at $109. Call toll-free, 1-800-598-3828 for reservations and more information. Refer to promo code PBWA2N.
Toys for Tots Giving Feels Wonderful
All who attend the resort’s Tree Lighting Ceremony on Nov. 27 are encouraged to bring toy donations. La Quinta Resort is offering a complimentary appetizer at TWENTY6, Adobe Grill and Ernie’s Bar & Grill at PGA WEST for every toy donated by the general public between Nov. 27 and Dec. 17. For every toy valued at $25 or more donated by hotel guests through Dec. 15, one category room upgrades will be offered, based on availability. La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST will match the dollar value of all toys donated. And then there are all the smiling children in the community who will receive toys from Santa and secret Toys for Tots angels.
Holiday Interactive Cooking Demonstrations, Rear Area of Main Kitchen
Sat., Dec.4, 3:00 to 4:00 pm: How to Select, Prep & Cook a Roast
Sat, Dec.11, 3:00 to 4:00 pm: Preparing Winter Salad & Root Vegetables
Sat., Dec. 18, 3:00 to 4:00 pm: Delicious Holiday Soup & Homemade Hot Chocolate
The culinary team will demo the preparation of holiday favorites. Participants will sip La Quinta Nectar and be given tastes and recipes to take home. $12 for the public; $5 for La Quinta members and complimentary for resort guests: Limited to 25 participants. To make reservations, please call the Concierge at (760) 564-4111, extension 7259.
Where: La Quinta Resort & Club
49-499 Eisenhower Drive
La Quinta, CA 92253
La Quinta Resort & Club and PGA WEST feature world-class accommodations, dining, golf, tennis and fitness. Known as The Western Home of Golf in America®, the world renowned destination is home to 90 holes of award-winning golf courses – designed by legends Arnold Palmer, Jack Nicklaus, Pete Dye, Greg Norman and Tom Weiskopf – as well as instruction at the Jim McLean Golf School. In addition to great golf, La Quinta Resort features 796 elegantly appointed casitas, suites and villas; 23 tennis courts; the 23,000-square-foot Spa La Quinta® with 41 pools and 53 hot spas; and exceptional cuisine at Morgan’s in the desert, Twenty6 and Adobe Grill. La Quinta Resort & Club is a member of Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts. For more information, visit www.laquintaresort.com.
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