When December rolls around, my family is ready for a break from our busy life in Los Angeles. We look forward to heading out to the desert after a hectic work, school and soccer year. On our last trip, I looked to do something different in Palm Springs and boy did I find it. I found strange things in Palm Springs called Robolights!
We all love holiday light displays, right? Well, let me introduce to you Robolights. This display of colorful lights and art claims to be just that! Holiday lights! Is it really? You be the judge.
In the middle of Palm Springs, in a lovely residential neighborhood is a few acres of bizarre things. You’ll find a display or gallery or museum or a mess of strange, but incredible things!
Kenny Irwin, Jr. is the talented creator and artist of Robolights. He’s been creating art at his large estate since 1986, when he was just a young boy. His motto and theme is “why not”? Kenny has been featured in New York Times, Palm Springs Life, People Magazine, Crazy Christmas Lights and more.
Kenny creates his art from pieces he gets off of eBay, as well as recycled and donated materials. Some even from his neighbors. That’s pretty cool!
Robolights is dog friendly! We happily roamed the grounds with our little dog. Every inch of the property was displayed with Kenny’s artwork, even in the pool and on the tennis court. It’s a short stroll, but you can get lost. Robolights is crowded with sculptures, flashing lights and lots of people on the pathway.
Visitors travel from all over the world to see Kenny’s art gallery of craziness. His exhibit gets bigger every year. There’s a small fee or donation to enter. It’s affordable for the whole family.
I’m not sure Robolights should be considered holiday lights, though. Santa and the North Pole is clearly visible, but there’s robots, aliens, creepy dolls and everything in between! Also, Santa was sitting on a military tank!
You may love it or hate it, but you’ll definitely talk about it. I loved Robolights. I thought it was fun and interesting. My teenage daughter thought it was very odd. My husband didn’t care for it. We did have great conversation about the art. We all felt the experience was very unique.
So, is it worth visiting Robolights while visiting Palm Springs? Heck yeah! During the holidays, it’s open in the evenings to view the lights. In the off season, make an appointment to check out the sculptures during the day. Robolights is located at 1077 E. Granvia Valmonte in Palm Springs, call 760-774-0318