Magic of Lights

Empire Polo Club 81800 Avenue 51, Indio, CA, United States

Looking to add some festive cheer to your holiday season? The drive-through holiday light display Magic of Lights will return to the Empire Polo Club this winter!



The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Celebrate the season at The Living Desert's cherished holiday event. Returning for its 31st season, WildLights will feature dazzling new light displays, programming, and an exclusive 21+ evening. Advance registration is recommended.


Christmas with the Crawfords

Margaritaville Resort Palm Springs 1600 N Indian Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA, United States

This riotous camp classic is based on the actual Christmas Eve live radio broadcast from the Crawford family’s Brentwood mansion in 1949. Filled with exaggerated silver screen icons, this mash-up musical parody is a loving homage to Hollywood’s “Golden Age” and features appearances of Tinsel Town divas such as Judy Garland, Carmen Miranda, Gloria Swanson, Hedda Hopper and the Andrews Sisters.

31st Annual Tamale Festival

Miles Avenue Park 82540 Miles Avenue, Indio

For over 30 years, the Tamale Festival has been a cherished tradition in historic Downtown Indio, enchanting the Coachella Valley with its vibrant celebration. Proudly holding two Guinness World Records for the biggest Tamale and largest Tamale festival, it has earned recognition as one of the nation's "top ten food festivals" by The Food Network. Not to mention, a visit from the iconic Huell Howser with an episode of Visiting, taped live at the 1997 Indio International Tamale Festival.

Photos with Santa

The Gardens on El Paseo 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Join in on the Holiday Fun on the bridge by The Gardens on El Paseo's giant holiday tree for a delightful Photos with Santa experience. The proceeds from this event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters. From 9am to 2pm, you will be able to have a brief visit with Santa Claus and receive one (1) 4x6 photo in a holiday frame.


Seth Macfarlane and Liz Gillies – We Wish You the Merriest

McCallum Theatre 73000 Fred Waring Dr., Palm Desert, CA, United States

Celebrate the season with this new show by Seth MacFarlane and Liz Gillies. Seth MacFarlane’s talents encompass every aspect of the entertainment industry. A true multi-hyphenate, he is behind some of today’s most popular content in television, music, and film, having garnered five Emmys, five Grammy nominations and an Academy Award nomination.

$65 – $85

Paws ‘N Claus

The Gardens on El Paseo 73545 El Paseo, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Paws 'N Claus is 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.


Art on Main Street at Old Town La Quinta

Old Town La Quinta 78100 Main St, La Quinta, CA, United States

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.


Sunday Sounds

Palm Desert Civic Center Park 43900 San Pablo Ave, Palm Desert, CA, United States

Palm Desert Library and Desert Recreation present Sunday Sounds at the Palm Desert Civic Park Amphitheater.


Walk of the Inns

Palm Springs Art Museum 101 Museum Drive, Palm Springs, CA, United States

One night each winter, several distinctive boutique hotels in Palm Springs take part in the Walk of Inns, opening their doors to welcome all visitors. This is a family and dog-friendly event where hoteliers showcase and decorate their properties. Some arrange for music, food, and drinks.


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