It's beginning to look a lot like the holidays and there's plenty of magic in Greater Palm Springs with celebrations, Santa sightings, concerts, parades, and Christmas tree lightings. Grab the whole family and enjoy the jolly spirit filling the oasis with these big events.
Wildlights | November 23, 2018 - December 24, 2018
Wildlights is a sparkling winter wonderland, as this 26th annual tradition kicks off Friday, November 23 with festivities from 6 pm to 9 pm and continues on select nights through December 24. Marvel at the more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights, guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns including giraffe and cheetahs, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music.
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)
Make this holiday season one to remember by joining the Gardens on El Paseo every Friday and Saturday to experience the sights of snowfall and sounds of carolers.
Christmas Walk on El Paseo | December 8, 2018
This festive holiday celebration including carolers, food truck tastings and atmospheric entertainers. There will be holiday treats and activities in participating stores. Snap a photo inside the giant snow globe. #theshopsonelpaseo.
North Pole Village at Snow-Fest | December 8, 2018
Imagine a Hollywood-style movie set themed as a Main Street at Santa’s North Pole – all lit up with holiday lights. Snow-Fest captures all the holiday spirit for everyone to enjoy. This event features holiday arts & crafts, food, treats, and beverages including hot chocolate and cider.
Holiday Paint Camp | December 8, 2018
Kids can paint their very own holiday graffiti canvas and participate in a group mural that will be displayed at Santa's Workshop. Included in the fun are complimentary refreshments. Admission is free with a minimum $25 same day purchase at any Westfield retailer. Simply show your receipt at Santa's Workshop.
A Miracle on El Paseo | November 17, 2018
Everyone is welcome to this holiday block party with magical events and fun activities for young and old alike. This event will include Live entertainment, holiday tastes and spirits, an appearance by Santa Claus, 60' Christmas Tree lighting, a 5-story Ferris Wheel, and fun arts and crafts for kids.
Gingerbread Lane | Saturdays, December 1 - December 22, 2018
Visit a winter wonderland with multiple trees, trimmed garland, twinkling lights, a marquee 17-foot tree next to Santa’s workshop all wrapped in the music of the holidays. Gingerbread cookies and hot cider will be offered in the culinary area plus cookie decorating tables and clay ornament painting. Plus, a chance to meet Santa will be in person.
Annual Tree Lighting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa, Indian Wells | December 2, 2018
Feel jolly with this giant holiday tree lighting and enjoy live choral performances by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Coachella Valley / Heat Wave Show Band. More activities include gingerbread house decorating contest, the hunt for a live “Elf on the Shelf” in Glo Lobby Bar, and complimentary screening of the film Polar Express in R Theater. Plus, don't miss family photo opportunities with Santa and friends.
Holiday PJ Party | December 6, 2018
Wear your holiday PJs when you visit Santa, and receive a special discount or gift. Plus join Santa's Workshop from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for complimentary cocoa, cookies, crafts and a DIY Gingerbread house with any Santa photo purchase.
Celebrate the Season | December 7, 2018
The Gardens will echo with the sounds of a live concert by an Elvis impersonator singing holiday favorites and the early hits of the King. Free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee will add to the festive spirit. 5:30-7:30pm
Playtime with Santa | December 8, 2018
Bring the entire family to enjoy photos with Santa, arts, and crafts, and refreshments. With only a $15 cost to participate, this event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert.
Santa Fly-In | December 8, 2018 - December 9, 2018
Meet Santa as he arrives by vintage plane to the Palm Springs Air Museum. Plus, Santa brings with him Snow World, where children can spend hours playing in real snow. Don't miss out on this family fun event.
Fun With Your Pup
Paws N Claus | December 15, 2018
Bring your best friend to meet Santa, at this wonderful dog-friendly event. With only a $15 cost to participate, this event benefits Animal Samaritans and includes dog photos with Santa, holiday treats, and more.
2018 Santa Paws 5K | December 22, 2018
Participate with 1,000 other runners, walkers, and their dogs in this fun popular tradition. A 5- piece Santa Suits is included with your registration, plus all Santa's receive milk and cookies at the finish line along with a beautiful finisher medal.
Festival of Lights Parade | December 1, 2018
Cheer, dress warm, bring hot cocoa and enjoy the 26th annual Festival of Lights Parade with a special visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus. This parade will not fail to impress as signature floats adorned in thousands of colorful holiday lights and huge Macy's-style balloons will keep you and crowd cheering for more.
Holiday Parade | December 7, 2018
Catch this fun "Jedi" themed parade on December 7, 2018, at 6 pm. Cheer on colorful sparkling floats, cheer squad, bands, local elementary schools and more at this parade in Coachella.
Concerts & Comedy
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
Canadian Brass rings in the holiday season with a program of festive classics and brass standards. With impeccable musicianship, theatrical flair, and heartwarming humor, Canadian Brass is a favorite of audiences across the globe. Their repertoire is fantastically diverse, with a library of over 600 original arrangements that range from Baroque to Dixieland. They have been thrilling audiences for 4 decades-don't miss your chance to see this legendary group.
Sounds of the Season Concert | December 12, 2018
Do you love holiday music and watching theater performance? If so, this event is made for you. Bring your friends and family to watch 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. Celtic Woman promises an enchanting and festive evening filled with mesmerizing music and holiday cheer.
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 have announced the details for their 15th anniversary “Christmas Rocks! Tour,” presented for the fourth consecutive year by SiriusXM. Watch this amazing concert with all your friends.
Old St. Shtick — A Holiday Weekend of Comedy | December 21, 2018 - December 23, 2018
Calling all Red Sea pedestrians, non-believers and only children — a festivus for the rest of us. Exodus to the desert for end-of-year reveling. Bask in pool weather, spiced slushies and palm trees lit for festive nights. Enjoy comedy, music and more tacos than you can shake a shtick at.
'Tis the season for chill, so bring the whole family to one or all of these amazing holiday dinners, brunches and more.
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Make your holiday travels merrier by booking the Sip, Stay & Save Package at Omni Rancho Las Palmas Resort & Spa. Enjoy 10% off stays from now until December 30, as well as late check-out and two of the resort’s complimentary holiday cocktails.
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Dress warm and bring the kiddos to one or all, of the many tree lightings happening around the oasis this season.
- City of Palm Desert | Nov. 17
- City of Indio | Dec. 1
- Palm Springs Aerial Tramway | Dec. 2
- Annual Tree Lighting at the Renaissance Esmeralda Resort & Spa Indian Wells | Dec. 2
- City of Coachella | Dec. 5
- City of La Quinta | Dec. 7
- City of Desert Hot Springs | Dec. 8
New Year's Eve 2019
Looking for things to do for New Year's Eve in Palm Springs? Celebrate 2019 in style at these New Year's events in Greater Palm Springs.
To learn more about wintertime activities in the oasis and to make the most out of your festive time in the region, be sure to check out more holiday activities on the Greater Palm Springs events calendar.