Coachella Valley Holiday Celebrations Brighten Up the Desert
 Check out our favorite Coachella Valley Holiday Celebrations taking place over the next few weeks, the perfect way to start your holiday season.
Coachella Valley Holiday Celebrations take place throughout the end of November and early December. Check out some of our favorites in each city.

Check Out Some of Our Favorite Coachella Valley Holiday Celebrations

Coachella Valley holiday celebrations take place throughout the desert communities in the coming weeks, kicking off what is another magical season in the Greater Palm Springs Area. A few of our favorites are:

Palm Springs

The City of Palm Springs is set to kick off the holiday season with an official tree lighting ceremony on Friday, December 6th from 5-6pm. The ceremony will feature the Palm Springs City Council as well as celebrity tree-lighter Mary Hart. The tree lighting will take place at 5:15pm sharp, with caroling and story time with Santa creating a fun atmosphere augmented by free hot cocoa and cookies for everyone.

Celebrate the start of the holiday season at a high altitude. Catch the tree lighting ceremony at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway, taking place on Sunday, December 1st. Peabody and Emmy Award-Winning journalist Hank Plante will be flipping the switch on the tree at the Tram’s Mountain Station. The festivities start at 5:30pm and will include a performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal & String Quartet as well as a visit from Santa.

Desert Hot Springs

Join the City of Desert Hot Springs on Saturday, December 14th for a tree-lighting spectacular and holiday parade. The parade will kick off at 5:45pm and will feature a cavalcade of floats, marching bands, performers, and more. The parade route will start at Palm Drive and Mission Lakes Road and will end at Palm Drive and 2nd Street. Additionally, carnival rides, vendors, live music, and a visit from Santa Claus enhance the warmth of the season and create a fun holiday atmosphere for all who attend.

Cathedral City

Head to Cathedral City on Sunday, December 14th for the North Pole Village Snow-Fest and tree lighting ceremony. The event runs from 5-9pm in downtown Cathedral City, with the tree lighting taking place at 6pm sharp.

Palm Desert

On Saturday, November 23rd, head to the world-famous El Paseo shopping district in Palm Desert for A Miracle on El Paseo, presented by BIGHORN B.A.M. (Behind A Miracle). This celebrated annual fundraiser kicks off the holiday season and includes fun family activities, a 5-story Ferris wheel, live entertainment, pictures with Santa, and delicious bites and drinks provided by local restaurants. Tickets are $50 for adults and $15 for kids, with proceeds going to BIGHORN B.A.M., an organizing dedicated to providing funding required to help in the diagnosis, treatment, research, services, and education for those affected by breast cancer.

La Quinta

Join the City of La Quinta for its tree lighting ceremony at the La Quinta Civic Center on Saturday, December 6th from 6-9pm. In addition to the tree lighting, there will be live music and tons of fun activities, including live music, performances, pictures with Santa, complimentary rides around the Civic Center on the holiday train, crafts, cookies, hot cocoa, and more. Visit the City’s website for full details.


The City of Indio is lighting their tree for the first time this season on Saturday, December 7th from 4:30-7pm at Indio City Hall. This event is free and open to the public and will include music and a visit from Santa Claus. Learn more at the City’s website.

Regardless of the city you live in, we hope you have a chance to attend these magical events and celebrate the magic of the holiday season in the desert.

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