There's no place like the oasis for the holidays— Make gingerbread houses with your loved ones, hike under the stars, attend a rocking Christmas concert and more. Plan your holiday getaway to Greater Palm Springs with these thrilling events and activities. 

Holiday Events

Holiday Toy Drive Mixer | December 17
Stop by Babe's BBQ & Brewhouse and spread some holiday cheer by participating in this festive toy drive. Mix and mingle with fellow attendees, and contribute to a great cause benefitting the Coachella Valley Rescue Mission.

Gingerbread House Workshop | December 21-23
Get in the holiday spirit with this festive workshop at The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage. Gather your loved ones and attend this fun workshop where you will learn how to build a cozy gingerbread house.

Christmas Jazz - A musical Sunday brunch | December 22
Visit PS Underground this week and celebrate the holiday season. Enjoy holiday music, delicious brunch food, live entertainment and more. 

Menorah Lighting Ceremony | Through December 30
The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage will be hosting a menorah lighting ceremony throughout the month of December. Celebrate Hanukkah with family and friends at this joyous and festive event.

Wildlights | Through December 28
Watch The Living Desert transform into a festive winter display complete with seasonally themed animal encounters, hot chocolate, carousel rides, Santa appearances and more.

Eat & Drink

Brunch at The Zoo | December 21
Visit The Living Desert this week for a special brunch featuring a Santa meet and greet, cookie decorating and wildlife programs. Bring the whole family and enjoy this unique dining experience.

Japanese Hot Pot Sukiyaki Cooking Class | December 21
Expand your cooking skills by attending this class at Wabi Sabi Japan Living. Learn how to make a hot pot Sukiyaki stew, a traditional Japanese dish served in the colder months. Dig in and share your newly acquired skills with friends and family. 

Broadway at The River: Holiday Edition | December 18 & 20
Enjoy dinner and a show this week at Acqua California Bistro. Broadway at the River will be presenting a special holiday show complete with your favorite Christmas classics. Sing and dance along as Acqua's "singing waiters" liven up the evening. 

Townie Bagels Food and Friends Fridays | Fridays
The holidays are best spent with food and friends. Townie Bagels in Palm Springs is offering a delectable 4-course menu featuring three styles of pizza, Kouign-amann and more.

Live Your Wellest

Thursday Morning Hike | December 19
Join Friends of the Desert Mountains for a ranger-led hike through Carrizo and Dead Indian Canyons. Take in the beautiful sights and learn informative facts about the trails as you hike. 

Santa Paws 5K 2019 | December 21
Don't miss this fun run benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert. Participants of this 5K get a 5 piece Santa costume to wear during the run to spread holiday cheer. 

Star Party at the Monument | December 21
Join the Astronomical Society of the Desert for the ultimate stargazing party at Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument. Observe the beauty of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. 

Birding Walk-About | Tuesdays
Go bird watching and experience a guided hike hosted by Friends of the Desert Mountains. Explore the Ed Hastey Garden Walk and Randall Henderson Trail with experienced birders who will introduce you to the many birds that call Greater Palm Springs their home.  

Concerts & Live Entertainment

Jazzville Palm Springs | December 18
Get your groove on this week at Wang's in the Desert. Enjoy performances by Rumproller Organ Trio with Carey Frank on the Hammond B3 organ. Grab a cocktail and get ready for a night of great music!

Old St. Shtick - A Weekend of Comedy, Movies and Music | December 20-22
Celebrate festivus with fun and laughter at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. This event will feature comedy, movies and music. Don't miss your chance to see comedians Guy Branum
Billy Wayne Davis, Chris Estrada and more.

Brian Setzer Orchestra's Christmas Rocks Tour | December 20
Iconic guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Brian Setzer will be taking the stage at McCallum Theatre this week. Watch as he performs his top hits along with music from his best-selling holiday albums accompanied by a 19-piece orchestra. Enjoy a night full of holiday cheer and outstanding music.

Dionne Warwick | December 21
See six-time Grammy Award-winner Dionne Warwick perform at Fantasy Springs Resort Casino this holiday season. Sing along to your favorite holiday and pop classics in a stellar performance backed by a 14-piece string section. 

Give your loved ones the gift of the oasis— Find something for everyone with this gift guide complete with gifts unique to Greater Palm Springs.