It’s starting to look a lot like Christmas around here (other than the emerald green grass everywhere you look). If you’re wondering what to see and do around here in December to celebrate the holidays, Catherine, Dawn and Valori, our fun-loving colleagues at First American Title, have a few suggestions that we’d like to share with you:

Holiday Shop at Desert Art Center | Nov. 18-Dec. 31 | 10am-4pm | Desert Art Center, Palm Springs

Don’t miss the finest artist-made giftables in the valley! You’ll find fine ornaments and decor, jewelry and wearables, prints and wall art, greeting cards, and much more. For more information:

El Paseo Holiday Cruise Night | Dec. 1 from 2-5pm | The Gardens on El Paseo

Begin arriving with your car on the upper west level of The Gardens on El Paseo at 2pm. If you don’t own car to Cruise with, come and view the cars and meet the owners. At 4:00pm we will have a few announcements. Then at 4:15pm – time to Cruise! For more information: 760-346-8965 |

Indio Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 1 at 5pm | Downtown Indio

Kick off the holly-jolly spirit in December with the Tree Lighting Ceremony at the corner of Town Street and Bliss Avenue. For more information: 760-391-4000 |

La Quinta Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 1 from 6-8pm | Civic Center Park

Bring the family for all the festivities plus a visit from Santa. This event is free and all are welcome! From more information: 760-777-7000 /

Palm Springs Jingle Mingle Tree Lighting | Dec. 1 from 4:15-5:15pm | Frances Stevens Park

The park is adorned with twinkling lights and festive decorations, creating a magical atmosphere for the event. There will be crafts for youth, performances by the Dancing Christmas Trees, holiday music, and caroling. For more information: For more information: 760-325-6611 |

Indian Wells Winterfest | Dec. 2 - Jan. 1 - See website for schedule | Indian Wells Golf Resort

Enjoy holiday fun from disco and classic holiday tunes on the roller disco rink and enjoying a drink or game at the Igloo Bubble Bar to renting one of the snow globes. Grab a hot chocolate from the Holiday Cookie and Candy Truck, get a photo with Santa and visit one of the food and drink pop ups. Special holiday-themed Shots in the Night will be offered all during the festival featuring holiday films, music, snacks, and drinks. Winterfest is an evening event, but the exact opening and closing times will vary slightly between 6-11pm. For more information:

Indian Wells Tree Lighting Ceremony | Dec. 2 from 6-7pm | Indian Wells Golf Resort

Tree Lighting Ceremony to kick off Indian Wells Winterfest. For more information: 760-346-2489 |

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade | Dec. 2 from 5:45-7:30pm | Palm Canyon Dr. & Ramon Rd.

The City's signature holiday event features twinkling lights, magnificent marching bands, spectacular floats, huge Macy's-style balloons, and Santa Claus of course! Once again, this year the parade will be broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs. For more information: 760-323-8299 |

Breakfast with Santa | Dec. 2 from 8:30-10:30am | Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Join Mr. and Mrs. Claus for breakfast, holiday crafts, and storybook readings. Breakfast with Santa tickets are $55 for adults and seniors, and $45 for children (ages 3-10). Tram fare is included. For more information: 

Wine ‘n’ Wags | Dec. 2 from 12-4pm | Hyphen, Palm Springs

A wine tasting and adoption event to benefit the Friends of the Palm Springs Animal Shelter. Come meet your new furever friend and enjoy a tasting of over 70 wines, food, plus fashion and more. For more information:  

Indio Tamale Festival | Dec. 2-3 | Miles Avenue Park

The festival hosts families who gather to embrace the festive spirit, traditional cuisines, refreshing drinks, and lively entertainment. Today, the festival hosts over 200 vendors, 6 stages of live entertainment, beer gardens, and has hosted over 50,000 patrons per year. For more information: 888-760-0017 /

Come Jingle with Santa! | Dec. 3 from 12-2pm | Downtown Park, Palm Springs

Get a jump on your holiday shopping in Downtown Palm Springs! Meet Santa near the Marilyn Statue in the Downtown Park. For more information:

Ironman 70.3 | Dec. 3 from 6:30am-2:30pm | Lake Cahuilla, La Quinta

The race starts at Lake Cahuilla and will be going through many streets and by many neighborhoods in La Quinta, until finishing up at the Indian Wells Tennis Garden. For more information:

Tree Lighting Ceremony at Tramway | Dec. 3 at 5:30pm | Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

Television, stage, and film star Judith Chapman will serve as the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s 2023 celebrity tree lighter. Palm Springs High School Choir performing holiday favorites For more information: 760-325-1449 |   

Ag Aviation Expo | Dec. 4-7 | Palm Springs Convention Center

Featuring the premiere trade show for agricultural aviation, great networking opportunities and a great lineup of speakers and events! For more information: 202-546-5722 |  

First Wednesday Art Walk | Dec. 6 from 5-7pm | 2652 Cherokee Way, Palm Springs

Backstreet is a unique community of artists’ working studios & galleries, and businesses that provides artistic services (reprographic, restorative and framing) in Palm Springs. We have an amazing assortment of original art for all tastes and budgets – paintings, ceramics, photography, mixed media, jewelry, lithography and more by locally, regionally and nationally recognized artists. For moree information:  

Rock The Park Tribute Bands: Season Three | Dec. 6 from 7-8:30pm | Downtown Palm Springs Park 

The Palm Springs Chamber of Commerce kicks off its Rock The Park Tribute Bands: Season Three with Kenny Cetera's Chicago Experience. Held the first Wednesday of each month through May. Free Admission. January 3rd's concert is The Tribite to Tina Turner by Debby Holiday. From more information:

Rancho Mirage Chamber of Commerce Masters Golf Tournament | Dec. 6 from 9am-4pm | Westin Rancho Mirage Golf Resort & Spa

Single Golfer $225, Foursome $800 Includes golf, breakfast and lunch. (Chamber Members) Single Golfer $500, Foursome $1500 Includes golf, breakfast and lunch. (Non Members). For more information: 760-568-9351 |  

Desert Hot Springs Parade of Lights & Holiday Festival| Dec. 9 from 5:45-10pm | Palm and Mission Lakes Blvd

Parade starts at Palm and Mission Lakes Blvd. and ends at Palm and 2nd Street. The holiday festival is on Palm and Pierson immediately following the parade. FREE pictures with Santa Claus, food galore, live music, carnival rides, and more!. For more information: 760-329-6411 |

Winter Wonderland in the City | Dec. 9 from 11am-2pm | Palm Springs Convention Center

This event is limited to those students in grades TK-12 who are foster youth or experiencing housing insecurity and attend a Riverside County school district or charter school. The Riverside County Office of Education offers these events each year as a way for our students to have something to look forward to during the holiday season. Registration required. For more information: 951-826-4700 |  

Paws ‘N Claus | Dec. 9 from 9am-2pm | The Gardens on El Paseo

A wonderful opportunity to capture memorable photographs of your furry friends with Santa Claus. Bring your dogs and cats (dogs should be leashed, and cats can be in a lightweight carrier) to meet Santa and have their pictures taken. For more information: 760-862-1990 |

North Pole Village at SnowFest | Dec. 9 from 1-8pm | Civic Center Plaza, Cathedral City

Snow-Fest captures all the holiday spirit and places it at one event with holiday music, Santa and Mrs. Claus, holiday tree lighting ceremony, food, and a free movie at the Mary Pickford Theatre. “North Pole Village” comes to life in front of City Hall – all lit with holiday lights. For more information: 760-600-0661 |

Art on Main Street | Dec. 9 from 10am-4pm | Old Town La Quinta

Art on Main Street features over 100 artists each season showing and selling their paintings, jewelry, mixed media, photography, ceramics, glass, woodwork, textiles, sculptures and more. The shows are a local favorite and an Old Town tradition. They are set amidst Main Street’s charming cafes and boutiques. Come for the art and stay for the day! Premiere Sponsor is The City of La Quinta. Admission, parking and entertainment are free. For more information: 760-600-0758 |

The Lofts Art Walk | Dec. 9 Every 2nd Saturday from 5-8pm | The Lofts Art District, Palm Springs

Visitors have the opportunity to explore the various galleries and studios, interact with artists, and view a wide array of artwork. For more information:  

Santa Visit at Tramway’s Mountain Station | Dec. 9 from 11am-3pm | Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Santa’s visit in Pines Café is included in general tram fare admission. Children can share their Christmas lists with Santa himself, pose for photos, and receive a free candy cane. For more information: 760-325-1449 |  

Friends of the Palm Springs Library Holiday Bazaar | Dec. 9 from 10am-2pm | Palm Springs Public Library Come to the main Library and find special ‘gently-used’ treasures to give as gifts for the holidays; art books, cookbooks, DVDs, CDs, ornaments, gift baskets and puzzles and more. Plus, one-of-a-kind Friends merchandise and great themed gift baskets will all be for sale in the main Library. For more information: 760-323-8299 |

Photos with Santa | Dec. 12 from 4-7pm | 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. For more information: 760-323-8299 | Palm Springs Breakfast with Santa Dec. 16 8-11am / Palm Springs Pavilion 760-323-8299 |

Snowtopia | Dec. 19-23 from 6-9:00pm | Palm Springs Air Museum

Each evening Santa Claus and his friends will arrive at the Air Museum to greet all the good little girls and boys who have come to see him. In addition, there will be a playground of 60 tons of real snow, craft making, hot chocolate, smore’s and more! For more information: 760-778-6262 |

Fourth Friday Art Walk | Dec. 22from 4-7pm | Perez Art District, Cathedral City

Visitors to the district will have the opportunity to explore the working studios of over 30 talented artists in the H and I Buildings, with an additional 6 artists in the A and C Buildings. The Art Walk offers a unique chance to witness the creative process across a variety of disciplines, including painting, sculpture, photography, and mixed media. For more information:  

CV Celebrate | Dec. 30 from 3:30-9:30pm | San Pablo & Magnesia, Palm Desert

Everyone is invited as we all come together to celebrate 2023 and everything that makes the Coachella Valley so great! CV Celebrate will be filled to the brim with so many things to do! Food trucks, bars, and many games and activities will also be available to experience. All profits from the event will be benefiting our local YMCA of the Desert. For more information: 442-282-5403 |

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