No snow? No problem. The holidays in Palm Springs are plenty festive. Dark desert skies and cool nights make for extra festive light displays – and extra delicious hot cocoa. Here are a few to check out:
Wildlights | November 23, 2018 – December 24, 2018
In December, the Living Desert hosts Wildlights, a glittering nighttime winter wonderland. On select nights wander the festively lit paths, cross through the tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music, and check out a life-size herd of illuminated animals.
Festival of Lights | December 4, 2018
Celebrate Hanukkah with Temple Sinai of Palm Desert. Enjoy complimentary Latkes from Sherman’s Deli, cocoa from Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, Hanukah Gelt, plus crafts and singing from the Temple Sinai school children. Festival of Lights is open to the public.
Holiday Glow | December 7 – December 15, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays)
Join the Coachella Valley History Museum and enjoy the beautiful holiday decorations, gingerbread houses, entertainment, holiday treats, the Polar Express Train and more.
Snowfall at the Gardens | December 7 – December 22, 2018 (Fridays & Saturdays)
Who says it doesn’t snow in the desert? Visit the Gardens on El Paseo every Friday and Saturday to experience the sights of snowfall and sounds of carolers.
Celebrate the Season | December 7, 2018
Celebrate the holiday season with a FREE Rockin’ Holiday Tribute Concert to the King! Starring Scot Bruce. Enjoy treats, family crafts and photos with Santa and experience falling snow at 5:30 pm and 7:30 pm. In partnership with Palm Desert & Palm Desert First Weekend.
North Pole Village at Snow-Fest | December 8, 2018
This event features holiday arts & crafts, food, treats, and beverages including hot chocolate and cider at Cathedral City’s Civic Center Plaza. At 6:00 pm, join the Mayor and Santa Claus for the annual lighting of the Cathedral City Holiday Tree in front of City Hall.
Wondering where to hear the sounds of the season?
Colors of Christmas | December 7, 2018
A holiday tradition at McCallum Theatre, Colors of Christmas returns with a new line-up of stars for a sparkling evening of holiday music, and classics backed up by a hot 12-piece band and a spectacular choir. Starring at this spectacular event, Peabo Bryson, Taylor Dayne, Jon Secada, and Deniece Williams will have you feeling jolly.
Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here | December 12, 2018
Ring in the holiday season with a program of festive classics and brass standards. With impeccable musicianship, theatrical flair, and heartwarming humor, Canadian Brass has been thrilling audiences for 4 decades-don’t miss your chance to see this legendary group.
Sounds of the Season Concert | December 12, 2018
Join many of your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers for an evening of holiday entertainment.
Celtic Woman the Best of Christmas Tour | December 14, 2018
Celebrate this holiday season with the celestial voices of multi-platinum Irish singing sensation Celtic Woman. Featuring music from the all-female music ensemble’s second Christmas album, Home for Christmas, including holiday favorites.
Barry Manilow: A Very Barry Christmas! | December 15, 2018 – December 16, 2018
Barry Manilow is coming to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort and Spa for a holiday event not to be missed. Get your tickets now before he sells out.
Elvis Christmas Gospel Show | December 15, 2018
Watch an old fashion Elvis Christmas Gospel Show with Peter Alden from Orlando Florida as Elvis for an amazing cause. Ticket prices are only $25 and all proceeds go to FSBCPS for the Children’s Lottie Moon Foundation.
LeAnn Rimes | December 15, 2018
Winner of two Grammys, three ACMs, a CMA, 12 Billboard Music Awards and an American Music Award, LeAnn Rimes has been a country music star since her first hit “Blue” at the age of 13. About her Christmas show, she says, “I love everything about the holidays and want to share the magic and joy of the season with my fans. I look forward to playing some of my favorite Christmas classics for music lovers in an intimate, cozy setting.”
Merri-Achi Christmas | December 16, 2018
Merri-Achi Christmas returns in a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment. Headlining the exciting extravaganza is one of the nation’s premier ensembles, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jose Hernandez.
Great Russian Nutcracker | December 17, 2018
Celebrate the Season with the experience taking North America by storm! Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker features over-the-top production and world-class Russian artists. Larger than life puppets, nesting dolls and gloriously hand-crafted costumes bring the Christmas spirit to life.
Brian Setzer Orchestra: Christmas Rocks Tour | December 21, 2018
Iconic guitarist, songwriter, vocalist, and three-time Grammy-Award winner Brian Setzer and his 19-piece orchestra will bring their 2018 “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” to Fantasy Springs Casino.
Happy holidays, everyone!