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With Thanksgiving now behind us, the countdown to the holidays has formally begun. Just in case you do find yourself with some spare time and you’re wondering what to do around the Coachella Valley in December, here is the December Coachella Valley Calendar of Events, courtesy of our colleagues at First American Title:

VillageFest | Every Thursday - 6-10pm | Palm Canyon Drive: Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive and you’ve got one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events. For more information, please call 760-320-3781 or visit:

College of the Desert Street Fair | Every Sat. & Sun. - 7am-2pm | 43500 Monterey Ave., Palm Desert: With merchandise and services for all ages and any budget, the Street Fair offers more than 300 merchants, artists, a farmer’s market, live entertainment, gourmet food and much more. For more information, please call 760-636-7957 or visit:

WildLights | Nov. 24-Dec. 24 (Select Evenings) - 6-9pm | The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, Palm Desert: Marvel at over a million twinkling lights at one of the desert’s favorite holiday traditions, no in its 25th year. Discover the herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, and explore the newly added pathways decorated in holiday lights. For more information, please call 760-712-3848 or visit:

Everyday Heroes World Aids Day | Dec. 1 - 5:30-10pm | Camelot Theaters, Palm Springs: Desert AIDS Project honors local everyday heroes to mark World AIDS Day. The annual event, now in its fourth year, features an outdoor reception, award presentations, live entertainment and the after-party. For more information, please call 760-323-2117 or visit:

La Quinta Christmas Tree Lighting | Dec. 1 - 6-8pm | Civic Center Park: This free event is open to everyone and all are welcome! For more information, please call 760-777-7000 or visit:

Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce Athena Awards | Dec. 1 - 11am-1:30pm | Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel: This year’s honorees are local philanthropist Donna MacMillan, KESQ-TV’s Karen Devine, Dr. Suzanne Quardt, Betty Wolf and former United States Senator Barbara Boxer, who will receive the Palm Springs Athena Lifetime Achievement Award. For more information, please call 760-322-1577 or visit:

El Paseo Art Walk | Dec. 1 - 4-8pm | El Paseo, Palm Desert: Held on the First Friday of every month, November through May, as part of First Weekend Palm Desert. There will be exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! You can also enjoy a free docent lead or self-guided tour of the current exhibits at the Palm Springs Art Museum. For more information, please visit:

Palm Desert Holiday Celebration at The Gardens on El Paseo | Dec. 1 - 5:30pm | 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert: Ring in the holidays with the City of Palm Desert at the center court at The Gardens on El Paseo, featuring live music, free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee. For more information, please call 760-862-1990 or visit:

El Paseo Cruise Night | Dec. 1 – 3:15pm | The Gardens On El Paseo, Palm Desert: Everyone is welcome to view the cars and meet the owners. For more information, please call 760-346-8965 or visit:

CK Dance Company’s “The Nutcracker” | Dec. 1-2 - Fri 7:30pm, Sat 2pm | Annenberg Theater, Palm Springs: The quintessential holiday ballet of Tchaikovsky’s classical masterpiece. For more information, please call 760-325-4490 or visit:

Mannheim Steamroller Christmas | Dec. 2 - 3pm & 8pm | McCallum Theatre, Palm Desert: Grammy Award winner Chip Davis has created a show that features the beloved Christmas music of Mannheim Steamroller along with dazzling multimedia effects. For more information, please call 760-340-2787 or visit:

Chili Cook-Off in Rancho Mirage | Dec. 2 - 11am-2pm | 41015 Rincon Road: Tickets are only $30 for this fun & exciting one-day family event at the estate of Joseph and Dee Wambaugh. Presented by The Family Services of the Desert. For more information, please call 760-288-7878 or visit:

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade | Dec. 2 - 5:45pm | Palm Canyon Drive: Please join Celebrity Grand Marshal, Ross Matthews, Community Sweetheart- Bella da Ball and the stars of the HGTV series Desert Flippers - Eric & Lindsey Bennett as the Community Grand Marshals. The parade will ring in the season with more than 90 floats decked out in holiday lights. For more information, please call 760-323-8276 or visit:

Yucca Valley Holiday Craft Fair | Dec. 2 - 10am-3pm | Yucca Valley Community Center: Shop for hand-made gifts at the annual Holiday Craft Faire. The perfect opportunity to tackle holiday shopping with unique gifts from talented local artisans. Bring your camera for that special picture with Santa and enjoy cookies and hot cocoa! For more information, please call 760-369-7207 or visit:

Desert Mountains Art Faire | Dec. 2 - 9am-4pm | Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center: Photography, paintings, ceramics, hand painted silks, and more. Support local artists and find beautiful and unique gifts and desert mementos, while enjoying the natural beauty of our desert mountains! For more information, please call 760-862-9984 or visit:

Indio International Tamale Festival | Dec. 2-3 - Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 10am-5pm | Old Town Indio: The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hardworking tamale makers have created the festival’s tremendous success, recently ranked as one of top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation by the Food Network-TV. For more information, please call 760-832-9620 x43 or visit:

HITS Palm Springs Triathlon | Dec. 2-3 | Palm Springs: The Coachella Valley is a stunning venue that offers beautiful vistas in a dry and sunny climate, perfect for a December triathlon. The course in Palm Springs is flat, fast and scenic. For more information, please visit:

Men of the Desert Fashion Show & Charity Luncheon | Dec. 3 - 11am | Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa: Dudes, Dogs and Designer Fashions to benefit the animals. Champagne Reception and Silent Auction 11am-noon. Plated luncheon at noon. Fashion show with our Desert Handsome Hounds! Fashions this year are by Sak’s Fifth Avenue. The live auction will once again feature the Animal Rescue Program! For more information, please call 760-343-3477 or visit:

Christmas by Candlelight | Dec. 3-10 - 5-9pm | 82616 Miles Ave, Indio: Experience the historic charm of the Coachella Valley History Museum by Candlelight this holiday season and immerse yourselves into the history of today’s holiday traditions by strolling through magically lit grounds, viewing creative gingerbread house displays and a special holiday train exhibit by the Coachella Valley Railroaders. For more information, please visit:

Dinner Under the Glow | Dec. 7 - 5-7:30pm | Eldorado Polo Club, Indio: The evening’s festivities will include live music, a tri-tip dinner, and a trip into the night sky on a tethered hot air balloon ride. There is no other experience in the desert like this! Reserve your seats soon, this event has limited seating. For more information, please call 760-347-0676 or visit:

Coachella Christmas Parade | Dec. 8 - 6pm | Harrison St. to 6th St. to Vine Ave: “Comic Con Christmas”. For more information, please call 760-501-8127 or visit:

2017 Pow Wow | Dec. 8-10 | Spotlight 29 Casino, Coachella: 29 Palms Band of Mission Indians Annual Winter Gathering. For more information, please call 866-377-6829 or visit:

For The Children Fundraiser Evening | Dec. 9 - 6-9pm | Classic Club, Palm Desert: The Marquee Academy of the Performing Arts joins OperaArts to host this yearly event. Reception with passed appetizers and no-host bar. Piano and Opera performance. Sit-down dinner and honors recognition to those who have made significant contributions in the world of music. For more information, please call 760-323-8353 or visit:

Cathedral City Snow Fest | Dec. 9 - 5-9pm | Cathedral City Civic Center Plaza: An outdoor market featuring holiday arts & crafts, food, treats, and beverages including hot chocolate. At 5:30pm, the night-time holiday lights parade begins at the corner of Date Palm Drive and Perez Road. At 6:30pm, join the Mayor and Santa Claus for the annual lighting of the Cathedral City Holiday Tree in front of City Hall. Stay to listen local choirs sing, take a picture of Santa Claus with the kids, view the big holiday light floats, and wander through Town Square Park that will be transformed into a winter wonderland. For more information, please call 760-459-3479 or visit:

Desert Art Festival | Nov. 9-10 - 10am-5pm | Frances Stevens Park, Palm Springs: Hundreds of talented artists will present their unique work in acrylic, collage, etchings, mixed media, oils, pencil, watercolors, digital and traditional photography. Admission and parking are free. For more information, please call: 818-813-4478 or visit:

JFS of the Desert Patron Party | Dec. 11 - 6-8pm | Tamarisk Ridge Private Home, Rancho Mirage: An elegant cocktail supper bringing together the Coachella Valley’s leading philanthropists in support of the counseling, senior care, emergency assistance and other social services provided by JFS to more than 4,000 people in need. For more information, please call 760-325-4088 x118 or visit:

Clubs Fore Kids Charity Golf Tournament | Dec. 13 | Escena Golf Club, Palm Springs: The organizer’s Mission Statement is “To enable and inspire all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.” For more information, please visit:

RMWC Holiday Bazaar | Dec. 14 - 11am-2pm | Ironwood Country Club, Palm Desert: Rancho Mirage Women’s Club “Holiday Bazaar” mini-fundraiser, plus luncheon and Holiday entertainment. For more information, please call 760-656-1888 or visit:

Santa Paws 5K | Dec. 16 - 9am | American Legion Post, 400 N Belardo Rd., Palm Springs: Dog-loving fun run/walk benefiting Guide Dogs of the Desert. Each participant receives a 5-piece Santa suit that can be worn during the event and is then yours for keeps! The Elf Dash, for children 10 and under is a short 200 meter run at the start/finish line and well in view of all parents and spectators. For more information, please call 760-413-6508 or visit:

Boho Bazaar Holiday Art Mart | Dec. 16-17 - 10am-4pm | Desert Art Center, Palm Springs: Coachella Valley and High Desert based artisans will participate in a traditional-style Bazaar, making their art and treasures available for sale to the public. The event will include food, drink, music and performances for a pre-holiday weekend celebrating the Desert’s artistic community. For more information, please call 760-323-7973 or visit:

Star Party at the Monument | Dec. 23 - 5-8pm / Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center: The Astronomical Society of the Desert will conduct “sky tours” and direct observations of the night sky through telescopes and giant binoculars. This is a family event. For more information, please call 760-862-9984 or visit:

Cathedral City Movies in the Park | Dec. 30 - 7-9pm / Downtown Festival Lawn: Tonight’s movie is “The Grinch.” You are welcome to bring snacks or non-alcoholic drinks or you can also purchase them from the movie organizers at the concession stand. For more information, please call 760-770-0340 or visit:

Happy Holidays!