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Mark Your Calendars and Make Your Holiday Season Merry and Bright!

Written By: Crystal Harrell Palm Springs Holiday Events

‘Tis the season for spreading holiday cheer and spending time with loved ones, and if you’re looking for ways to join in on the festivities, here’s a list of special events happening in December. Grab your coat, make some hot cocoa and get ready for a winter of fun in Greater Palm Springs!


1 | Party Like An Animal Palm Springs Holiday Events

What: WildLights at The Living Desert
When: Select Nights November 27 through December 28 from 6-9 p.m.

Walk through The Living Desert, which is adorned with dazzling holiday lights and life-sized, illuminated animal lanterns. Also be sure to watch the decked out G-scale model trains with more than 3,300 feet of track on display.

The Living Desert
47900 Portola Ave
Palm Desert, CA 92260


2 | De-Light-Ful Festival Fun Palm Springs Holiday Events

What: Palm Springs Annual Festival of Lights Parade
When: December 7 from 5:45-7 p.m.

This sparkling parade is a Palm Springs staple, featuring colorful and twinkling floats with the Coachella Valley’s most notable figures and businesses. Mary Hart will serve as the celebrity grand marshal at this year’s parade.

Palm Springs Annual Festival of Lights Parade
Palm Canyon Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92264


3 | A Walk Down Gingerbread Lane Palm Springs Holiday Events

What: Gingerbread Lane at Old Town Artisan Studios
When: December 7, 14 and 21 from Noon-6 p.m.


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Visit Old Town Artisan Studios for a winter wonderland escape, complete with cookie decorating, ornament painting and seasonal music performed by local youth groups. Santa Claus will also stop by to visit all the good boys and girls!

Old Town Artisan Studios
78046 Calle Barcelona
La Quinta, CA 92253


4 | Music to Your Ears

What: Various Holiday Musical Shows
When: Dates Throughout December

There are plenty of ways to enjoy the sounds of the holidays this year. Go vintage with Michael Holmes’ Purple Room’s Blue Suede Christmas, an Elvis Presley tribute show, or enjoy local high school choir performances as they perform the holiday classics at The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on select dates through December 13.


5 | The Inns and Outs of the Holidays

What: Walk of the Inns
When: December 12 from 6-9 p.m.

Explore the historic and unique architecture of Downtown Palm Springs’ many boutique and small inns as part of a walking tour. Maps of the locations are available at the Palm Springs Art Museum.

Palm Springs Art Museum
101 Museum Dr
Palm Springs, CA 92262


6 | Festive Fido

What: Santa Paws 5K
When: December 21 at 9 a.m.

Support the Guide Dogs of the Desert by participating in this 5K race. There will also be a 200-meter Elf Dash for children. Early registration is $40, while an entry into the kids’ race is $10 and includes a Ben and Jerry’s ice cream certificate.

Santa Paws 5k
Temple Isaiah
332 W Alejo Rd
Palm Springs, CA 92262