Who could imagine Coachella Valley Holiday Events in the desert would be the perfect place to be? There are a number of great holiday events happening all over, with fun for the entire family.
24th Annual WildLights at the Living Desert Zoo & Gardens
With over one million twinkling lights, the zoo will be lit up for your visit between November 23rd and December 24th. You’ll also be able to see luminescent animal lanterns, visit Whoville, plus attend a number of special events like the tunnel of lights, Santa’s visit, live entertainment, arts and crafts and so much more. Adults are $10 and children over 3 are $8.
16th Annual Christmas Tree Lane Boutique and Tree Auction for ACT for Multiple Sclerosis
The holidays are about feeling good and doing good, so attending the Christmas Tree Lane Boutique at the HardRock Hotel Palm Springs on December 1st will do both for you. Pick up some new decorations, meet with Santa and support a great cause. Tickets are $75 or $1,000 for preferred seating.
On December 3rd, celebrate with the City of Indio while they announce the holiday season with a tree lighting ceremony. Located between City Hall and the Indio Public Library, this festive event brings together residents with Santa, carolers and friends and family. There will also be a very fun holiday story time for the kids.
Come back to Indio on December 16th for the Indio Winterfest, located in downtown Indio. Celebrate winter with the community with food and entertainment and seasonal cheer.
Located at the Palm Springs Public Library, you can celebrate the holidays with Santa and Mrs. Claus. Get your photo taken by professional photographers, do holiday crafts and have a fun evening at the library. Everything begins at 6pm on December 7th.
Palm Springs 20th Annual Walking Tour of the Inns and Holiday Toy Drive
Celebrate the season visiting the inns of Palm Springs. The mission of this event is to spread neighborhood cheer and collect toys for those in need. It won an award for the best free neighborhood-organized holiday season event in Palm Springs. Be there on December 10th between 4 and 8pm to participate.
On December 9th starting at 6pm, celebrate A Musical Christmas as you watch the floats and anxiously await Santa’s arrival.
McCallum Theatre Holiday Events
- Colors of Christmas – holiday music and classics with a 12-piece band and choir – December 9th
- Jimi Fitz and Friends – A CV Christmas – December 10th
- Christmas with the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain – December 11th
- The Nutcracker – December 13th
- Johnny Mathis 60th Anniversary Christmas Tour – December 16th and 17th
Run or walk the 5k course with proceeds going to the Eisenhower Medical Center. There will be awards for the top three runners, plus music, Zumba, breakfast and even a costume contest. Bring your pets and help a great cause.
Visit the Palm Springs Air Museum on December 10th and 11th to watch Santa fly in and give gifts to all the kids. There will be photographs and real snow to play in!
Join the good people of the St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church for a traditional service of Christmas, plus a choir, readings and a canned food drive. This takes place on December 11th at 7pm.
Celebrate the season with the California Desert Chorale’s December concert. Listen to familiar Christmas carols and holiday music, along with some comedy that will get you in the full Christmas spirit. Located at the Indian Wells Theater at California State University, San Bernadino, this event takes place on December 11th, 14th and 18th, with tickets costing $40 per person.
A very fun run benefitting Guide Dogs of the Desert, dress up in your provided Santa suit, bring your dog and get going on that 5K. Starring at the American Legion in Palm Springs, this event takes place on December 17th. There is still time to register for the general walk, the Scrooge or even the Elf Dash.
Located at Rancho Mirage, celebrate the holidays with a traditional holiday ice skating rink, right in the desert! Open now until January 8th, 2017, the Rancho Mirage will be turning one of their best water features into a skating rink, but there is so much more. It starts with the tree lighting on November 29th, then there will be local entertainment from local bands and DJs spinning holiday music. An ice-skating Santa will make his debut as well. If you don’t have skates, they will be available for rental.