Get festive: Enjoy local holiday events this month



Lights and ornamented trees, candy canes and Santa Clause, in his heavy winter coat and boots, juxtaposed with palm trees, vast desert and cacti is a captivating winter experience in the Coachella Valley. Here are the many ways to enjoy the season and celebrate the holidays locally:

Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical (comedy), Indio Performing Arts Center, Tickets are $24 (Dec. 12)

Sounds of the Season Concert, Palm Canyon Theater, Palm Springs, Tickets are $25 (Dec. 12-13)

Holiday Appetizers Class at Cooking with Class, La Quinta, $70 (Dec. 14)

The Desert Rose Playhouse Presents: Times Square Angel (musical), Rancho Mirage, Tickets are $34-$37 (Dec. 15-17)

Palm Springs Men’s Chorus Joyful Traditions, Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs, Tickets are $25-$50 (Dec. 15-17)

Santa Paws 5k run/walk, Temple Isaiah, Palm Springs, Registration is $35-$40 (Dec. 16)

Fall Play: Inspecting Carol, College of the Desert Theatre Too, Palm Desert, Tickets are $15-$20 (Dec. 16)

Breakfast with the Animals/Visit with Santa at The Living Desert, Palm Desert, Tickets are $28-$33 (Dec. 16)

Santa Summit: Winter Hike to Summit of Mt. San Jacinto Peak via Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to support veterans in Palm Springs with PTSD, Palm Springs, Cost is $41 ($26 for Tram ticket plus $15 donation) (Dec. 16)

A Very Trader Joe’s Xmas, Cooking with Class, La Quinta, $65 (Dec. 15 and Dec. 19)

Paws ’n Claus, The Gardens on El Paseo, Palm Desert, $15 donation (Dec. 17)

The Brian Setzer Orchestra Christmas Rocks Tour, Fantasy Springs Resort & Casino, Indio, Tickets are $39-$69 (Dec. 22-23)

WildLights at The Living Desert, Palm Desert, Tickets are $10 (through Dec. 24)

Gingerbread House Decorating, Renaissance Indian Wells Resort & Spa, reservations required (Dec. 25)

Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Celebration at The Living Desert, Palm Desert, $125 per person (Dec. 31)

Robolights, Palm Springs, Admission is free, donation recommended (through Jan. 8, 4-9:30 p.m.)

Renova Ice Rink at The River, Rancho Mirage, Admission is $15 (through Jan. 14)

In addition, while not holiday-related but equally as exciting as Santa’s visit, Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie will be released on December 15. Go see it, you should.


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