The holidays are in full swing in the city of Palm Springs, and we’re here to try and help you sort through the multitude of events. We won’t be able to tell you everything festive and fun happening this year, but we’ll certainly try.
Below is what we’re aware of, and we’ll try to curate the list as we pass from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day.
Parks and Recreation Department Toy Drive | Through Dec. 15 | Multiple locations
The Palm Springs Parks and Recreation Department is collecting unwrapped toys for children at four different locations through mid-December:
- Palm Springs BMW, 3737 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
- Porsche Palm Springs, 3735 E. Palm Canyon Dr.
- Palm Springs Public Library, 300 S. Sunrise; Open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. (closed Sunday)
- Leisure Center, 401 S. Pavilion Way; Open 7:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Monday through Friday)
“Palm Springs Getaway” | Weekends through Dec. 18 | Various times | Palm Canyon Theatre
This new musical is a nostalgic romp through the popular oasis featuring glimpses of history, icons and the celebrities who made the city famous. With a collection of well-known and original songs, the show transports audiences from the early desert landscape to the vibrant and inclusive community people know and love today – and every decade in between. Find tickets here. ($17-$38)
“Sounds of the Holidays” | Multiple days | 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. | Palm Springs Aerial Tramway
Holiday choir season kicks off Dec. 2 at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mountain Station, continuing a decades-long tradition. Select Thursdays, Fridays, and Sundays through Dec. 11, guests can listen to holiday favorites performed by a different high school choir. Tramway admission is required.
Photos with Santa | Wednesday, Dec. 7 | 4 p.m.-7 p.m. | Palm Springs Public Library
Come to the Library to see Santa and have your picture taken. Dress in your holiday best and bring your own camera. This is a Family program, and all are invited to attend.
Walk of the Inns | Thursday, Dec. 8 | 5 p.m. – 8 p.m. | Starts at Art Museum
One night each winter, several boutique hotels in the city open their doors, welcoming all to visit. This year, the popular events takes place on Dec. 8, starting at 5 p.m. The free, self-guided walking tour starts at the Palm Springs Art Museum, where you are encouraged to drop off a new, unwrapped toy for distribution to area children at Christmas.
Toy and Food Drive | Dec. 10 | 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Palm Springs Harley Davidson
The Palm Springs Harley Owners Group (HOG) will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and non-perishable food during an event held at Palm Springs Harley Davidson featuring food, fun, and entertainment. The dealership is at located at 19465 North Indian Canyon Drive.
‘Stars: A Galaxy of Song’ | Dec. 10 and 11 | 7 p.m. and 3 p.m. | Cultural Center
In addition to some of your seasonal favorites, the Modern Men Coachella Valley’s men’s chorus will delight the audience with some of the chorus world’s most beautiful music. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased here.
Jewish Jazz and Klezmer | Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 6 p.m. | UCR
Guitarist Peter Curtis is returning to UCR Palm Desert for a holiday concert, Jewish Jazz and Klezmer for the Holiday Season. Curtis will be accompanied by Leo Chelyapov on the clarinet. Find tickets here.
‘Let It Snow’ holiday concert | Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 7 p.m. | Palm Canyon Theatre
Let it Snow is part of the new “Palm Canyon Cabaret” fundraising series, featuring lots of new and exciting acts in store this season featuring the valley’s brightest talents. At the event, there will also be a toy and food drive benefitting Toys for Tots and the Food Bank at The Center. Find tickets here.
‘Naughty or Nice’ | Dec. 16-18 | 7 p.m. | Annenberg Theater at Palm Springs Art Museum
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus brings you a production that radiates the magic and wonder of the holiday season, the way we all felt when we were kids and when we all believed in Santa! Get on board the Polar Express with 100 singers, as we perform traditional and non-traditional holiday favorites. Find tickets here. ($36-$66)
Bouschet & PS Air Annual Holiday Party | Saturday, Dec. 17 | 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. | Bouschet
There will be free wine and spirit tastings, as well as food samples all day long. The store will have gift baskets and other specials for purchase that day at 15% off.
Holiday movies at the Library | Dec. 19-Jan. 6 | 10:30 a.m. | Palm Springs Public Library
Join library staff at 10:30 am in The Learning Center to watch family friendly movies most weekdays through Jan. 6. A complete list of movies can be found here.
Holiday Oddities | Dec. 20 | 7 p.m. | Cultural Center
Join local film archivists Melissa Dollman and Devin Orgeron of Palm Springs’ own Deserted Films for an evening of holiday-themed film oddities from decades past. Home movies, educational films, advertisements, and other ephemera from the 1920s through the 1970s will be shown. See a trailer for the film here. The event will be $5.
Romance of the Holidays | Dec. 20 | 6:30 p.m. | CV Rep
“Romance of the Holidays”is a 90-minute concert featuring the work of composer Joe Giarrusso. Eight exceptional musicians create a one-of-a-kind evening of music, culminating with a holiday themed final piece. Following the concert, there will be a performer meet and greet. Details are available here.
Tween Holiday Cookie Decorating | Thursday, Dec. 22 | 4 p.m. | Palm Springs Public Library
Join library staff in The Learning Center for a program just for Tweens. Participants will be decorating holiday themed cookies. The program is for youth in 4th to 7th grade.
Christmas at the Convention Center | Dec. 25 | 12 p.m.-3 p.m. | Palm Springs Convention Center
Volunteers will serve food, deliver gifts, and entertain those who attend this annual event put on by Well in the Desert. For more information contact The Well at at 760-285-7297 or email [email protected].
Have an event that you’d like us to consider including in this list? If it’s in Palm Springs, we’d like to know about it. Email us at [email protected] for consideration.