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November 24 – December 31, 2014
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
WildLights
Location: Living Desert
Event Type: Festival
Event Web Site: http://www.livingdesert.org/event/
Wildlights festival returns for its 22nd year with more than 750,000 lights, new displays, wildlife wonder shows, carousel and camel rides, holiday taste treats, and much more. Open on select nights.

December 2, 2014
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
A John Waters Christmas
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Live Performance
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
John Waters (Pink Flamingos, Hairspray, A Dirty Shame) performs an unforgettable night of holiday mischief with his critically acclaimed one man show, A John Waters Christmas. Waters pokes fun at the holiday season with adult-appropriate humor, effectively “putting the X in Xmas.” This show is decidedly for die-hard Waters fans, the open minded and those with more than a slightly off-center sense of humor. “It’s my obsession with Christmas: what I want for Christmas, what you should want, and how to handle every holiday disaster,” he says. Come, if you dare, and let “The Pope of Trash” give you a Joyeaux Noel like no other.

December 5, 2014
3:15 pm – 6:00 pm
El Paseo Cruise Night
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.elpaseocruisenight.com/home.html
Remember when cars were cool? They still are–especially during El Paseo Cruise Night. Cars start arriving around 3:15pm at the upper level of parking structure behind The Gardens on El Paseo. Visitors are welcome to view the cars and meet the owners. After a few welcoming remarks, cruisers hit El Paseo at 4:30pm, so grab a chair and enjoy the show!

December 5, 2014
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
El Paseo Art Walk
Location: El Paseo
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.elpaseoartwalk.com/
The renowned El Paseo Art Walk, a long-standing tradition on El Paseo, is held on the First Friday of every month, November through May, as part of the Palm Desert “First Weekend” city-wide promotion. Join the Art Galleries along with El Paseo Cruise Night and Extended Shopping Hours in participating shops, on the First Friday of every month from 4 to 8 p.m. There will be exhibit openings, artist receptions and more! Enjoy seeing everything there is to see, from the Palm Desert Art Museum in Pam Desert’s Free First Friday events, to each gallery and stops along the way, traveling in style on the El Paseo Courtesy Carts!

December 6 – December 7, 2014
Neil Sedaka
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
Singer. Songwriter. Composer. Pianist. Author. These are just a few of the titles that can be used to describe Neil Sedaka. His impressive fifty year career ranges from being one of the first teen pop sensations of the 50’s, a relevant songwriter for himself and other artists in the 60’s, a superstar in the 70’s, remaining a constant force in writing and performing presently. This is all thanks to the countless songs he has written, performed, and produced that continue to inspire artists and audiences around the world. Performance times December 6 8 PM December 7 3 PM

December 6, 2014
9:00 am – 10:00 am
Free Guided Public Art Tour
Location: Palm Desert Public Library
Event Type: First Weekend
Event Web Site: http://www.palm-desert.org/arts-culture/public-art/art-tours-and-maps
Explore and learn about the art at the Palm Desert Library located at 73-300 Fred Waring Drive. A trained docent will provide pertinent facts and insight into many of the dozen sculptures in the Library. No need for reservations – just show up and make sure to bring water and wear comfortable shoes. Have a group of three or more? Contact 760-837-1664 to schedule a free, private tour at the Palm Desert Civic Center Park, along El Paseo, or at the Palm Desert Library.

December 6 and 7, 2014
10:00 am – 6:00 pm
Tamale Festival
Location: Indio
Event Type: Festival
Event Web Site: http://www.tamalefestival.net/general-info.html
History:It all started in 1992 with an idea by Dave Hernandez, a member of the Downtown Indio Merchants Association.The rich heritage of the tamale, consistent community support and hard working tamale makers have created the festival’s tremendous success.Recently, the Food Network-TV ranked the Indio International Tamale Festival in the top 10 “All-American Food Festivals” in the nation!

December 6, 2014
10:00 am – 1:00 pm
Walk for the Animals
Location: Palm Desert Civic Center Park
Event Type: Benefit
Event Web Site: http://ansamswalkfortheanimals.org/
Our 14th annual Walk for the Animals promises loads of fun, good exercise, dog performances, and fundraising all for a great cause! The event includes a 1 mile dog walk around the park, low-cost pet vaccinations and microchipping. Event proceeds benefit the Animal Samaritans no-kill animal shelter and the Humane Education programs. All dogs must be on a leash or in a carrier. The event is free and open to all.

December 6, 2014
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Celebrate Holiday Happiness
Location: Gardens on El Paseo
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events
Celebrate Holiday Happiness Kick off the holiday season and enjoy in-store events, raffles, fun fashion and more! The celebration culminates on the center lawn as the Boys and Girls Club’s band “Heatwave” performs holiday favorites. Reception begins at 4 pm followed by the concert from 5 – 6 pm. A $12 donation includes a seat on the center lawn, two glasses of wine and refreshments.

December 6, 2014
5:45 pm – 7:45 pm
Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
Location: Palm Springs
Event Type: Parade
Event Web Site: http://psfestivaloflights.com/
The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade kicked off for the first time on December 5, 1992 along Palm Canyon Drive and has been held every year since on the first Saturday in December — becoming a much-loved holiday tradition in downtown Palm Springs!

December 11, 2014
4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Palm Springs Walk of the Inns
Location: Palm Springs
Event Type: Walk/Run/Hike
Event Web Site: www.walkingtouroftheinns.com
A self-guided walking tour of Palm Springs’ unique collection of boutique hotels and historic inns. The city’s historic and mid-century modern gems are opening their doors for public tours as part of its annual ‘Walk of the Inns.” From 100-year old adobe inns to 1920s jewels to Mediterranean inspired villas, the “Walk of the Inns” is not to be missed. Inns participating in the event include Casa Cody, Old Ranch Inn, Orbit In, Korakia Pensione, Calla Lilly Inn and several others. The evening self-guided tour begins at any of the participating hotels or at Palm Springs Art Museum, 101 Museum Way, which will also provide free maps and flashlights for the walk.

December 11, 2014
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Oh What a Night!
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Musical Theater
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
This exiting musical tribute to Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons has been playing to sold-out audiences worldwide. The stars of Oh What a Night! will also present a special holiday remembrance of the legendary Andy Williams & The Williams Brothers as we bring in the holiday season. You’re sure to be moved as they perform Andy’s Christmas classics personally taught to them by the Williams Brothers. Performing in concert with The Desert Symphony.

December 12 – December 13, 2014
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
The Irish Tenors Christmas
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Live Performance
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
The Irish Tenors, one of the most successful Irish touring acts ever, celebrate the season with a special holiday concert of traditional carols and classic Irish ballads, accompanied by a live symphonic orchestra.

December 13 and 14, 2014
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Desert Arts Festival
Location: Frances Stevens Park
Event Type: Art Show/Fair
Event Web Site: http://www.westcoastartists.com/shows/ps6.html
The Desert Arts Festival will feature 100 artists presenting their original work in all mediums of two and three dimensional fine art, including paintings in acrylic, oils and watercolors, photography, etchings, sculpture in clay, glass, metal, stone and wood. Each artist will be present to meet with the public and discuss their work. All work is available for purchase. In addition to fine art, fine crafts will also be presented. Festival attendees will find blown glass, turned wood, semi-precious jewelry, pottery, stained glass, and an array of high-quality crafts.

December 13, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Playtime With Santa
Location: Gardens on El Paseo
Event Type: Benefit
Event Web Site: http://www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events
Playtime With Santa Pose for photos with Santa, and enjoy crafts and live entertainment. A $10 donation benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Desert. Located on the center lawn. 10 am – 12:00 pm

December 14, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Colors of ChristmasD
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Live Performance
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
A holiday tradition at McCallum Theatre, Peabo Bryson returns with a new line-up of stars for a sparkling evening of holiday music and classics backed up by a hot 12-piece band and a spectacular choir.

December 14, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Festival of Lessons and Carols
Location: St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
Event Type: Holiday
Event Web Site: http://www.dfom.org/Desert_Friends_of_Music/2014-2015_Season.html
St. Margaret’s Choir is joined by readers, organ, and instrumentalists to re-tell the story of Christmas through scripture and song. It is a beautiful service celebrating the birth of Jesus and the spirit of Christmas.

December 17, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
The Nutcracker
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Musical Theater
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
Bring the entire family and celebrate the holidays with the beauty and wonder of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet, with all of the beautiful scenery and costumes you’ve come to expect from the McCallum Theatre.

December 18, 2014
Old Fashioned Christmas
Location: Coachella Valley History Museum
Event Type: Museum
Event Web Site: http://www.cvhm.org/happening.html
Celebration of Christmas

December 20, 2014
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Paws ‘N Claus
Location: Gardens on El Paseo
Event Type: Benefit
Event Web Site: http://www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events
Paws ‘n Claus Photograph your canine pal with Santa Claus on the center lawn from 10 am to 12:00 pm. $10 donation benefits Animal Samaritans.

December 20, 2014
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Coachella Valley Symphony ” Holiday Magic”
Location: Helene Galen Performing Arts Center
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.cvsymphony.com/
CVS invites you to our heartwarming holiday concert featuring the amazing vocal talents of Patricia Welch performing seasonal favorites: Silent Night, Winter Wonderland, Joy to the World and many more… Program highlights will include selections from the Nutcracker Ballet by Tchaikovsky. Enjoy the Festive Sounds of Hanukkah, Sleighride, White Christmas and embrace the magic of the season with us in true holiday spirit!

December 20, 2014
8:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Merri-Achi Christmas
Location: McCallum Theatre
Event Type: Concert
Event Web Site: http://www.mccallumtheatre.com/
Merri-Achi Christmas comes to the McCallum Theatre in a colorful and traditional Mexican holiday celebration full of seasonal songs, dance, and festive merriment. Headlining the exciting extravaganza is one of the nation’s premier ensembles, Mariachi Sol de Mexico de Jóse Hernàndez.

January 2 – January 12, 2015
Palm Springs International Film Festival
Location: Palm Springs
Event Type: Film Festival
Event Web Site: http://www.psfilmfest.org/index.aspx
The Palm Springs International Film Festival (PSIFF) is one of the largest film festivals in North America, welcoming 135,000 attendees annually for its lineup of new and celebrated international features and documentaries.

To see more events, check out www.palm-desert.org.