For some folks, the holidays are all about food and family, while others look forward to parties and gift-giving. But let’s not forget that the holiday season comes with its very own soundtrack, and for many of us, it’s simply not December without hearing all our favorite carols.
Palm Desert delivers that soundtrack in a big way this holiday season, and it’s guaranteed to get you in the spirit. We’ve highlighted some of the noteworthy shows below. Be sure to plan in advance and purchase your tickets early, as many events sell out well in advance. Enjoy the show!
The Beach Boys: Holiday, Harmonies and Hits
Who says a holiday concert can’t also be Fun, Fun, Fun? Catch a Wave and head on down to the McCallum Theatre and enjoy Beach Boys classics plus holiday songs “Little Saint Nick” and “Merry Christmas, Baby.”
Modern Men: The Gift of Love
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church, December 1
Palm Springs Cultural Center, December 6-8
Modern Men, the Coachella Valley Men’s Chorus, invites you to their 2019 Holiday musical offering—The Gift of Love—a program featuring some of the world’s most beautiful music, all themed around the wonders of love.
Rhythmic Circus: Holiday Shuffle
For a “not-so-silent night,” don’t miss this imaginative performance the whole family can enjoy. Four dancers and an eight-piece swing band inject rapid-fire tap into upbeat holiday classics.
Sounds of the Season
Palm Canyon Theatre
Join your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers for a journey through some of the most beloved holiday tunes of all time.
The Gardens on El Paseo
For a fun, free concert, don’t miss the Palm Desert’s Celebrate the Season at The Gardens on El Paseo. Starting at 5:30pm, the Center Lawn will echo with the sounds of Scot Bruce performing as Elvis Presley in his “Rockin’ Holiday Tribute to the King.” Free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling Victorian carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities add to the festive spirit.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
This traditional service of Christmas through readings and music by the St. Margaret’s Choir and organist Frederick Swann highlights the glory of the season. Arrive early and enjoy the organ prelude that begins at 6:45 pm. A free-will offering will be received.
California Desert Chorale: Let There Be Peace
Indian Wells Theater at California State University, San Bernardino/Palm Desert Campus
December 8, 11 & 15
Let There Be Peace offers a wonderful variety of familiar Christmas carols and other holiday tunes in rich arrangements, all centered on a theme of the peace of the holiday season.
Southern California Brass Consortium
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
There is nothing quite as exhilarating as the sound of brass, especially at Christmas time. Featuring a variety of holiday arrangements, this 26-member ensemble will play classical and popular tunes which are sure to put you in a festive mood.
Holiday Extravaganza with Michael Andrew
Desert Symphony presents an evening with vocalist Michael Andrew as they usher in the most wonderful time of the year with an evening of seasonal favorites, fun surprises and family fun.
The Colors of Christmas
A holiday tradition, Colors of Christmas returns with Peabo Bryson and a new line-up of stars–Oleta Adams, Ben Vereen and Jody Watley–for a sparkling evening of holiday classics backed up by a hot twelve-piece band.
A Celtic Christmas with Eric Rigler and Dirk Freymuth
Featuring songs of the Christmas tradition from Ireland and the British Isles plus a mixture of traditional Celtic music, piper Eric Rigler and string player Dirk Freymuth team up to create a soundscape of Celtic holiday cheer.
The Storm Large Holiday Ordeal
Your holidays will never be the same after you spend it with Storm Large. Her naughty, wicked charm and stunning vocals that will have you begging for more.
Voctave: Spirit of the Season
Celebrate the holiday season with a cappella sensation Voctave. These eleven incredible singers will leave you feeling merry and bright with a program packed with holiday favorites.
Dave Koz and Friends
Enjoy lively arrangements of seasonal favorites when Dave Koz returns with his high-energy Christmas Tour and jams with Jonathan Butler, Melissa Manchester, Michael Lington and special guest Chris Walker.
Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus: A Modern Family Holiday
Traditional favorites along with music from some of today’s most talented composers and lyricists will be showcased in this program that embraces new, modern families
Dionne Warwick: A Holiday Celebration
Backed by a 14-piece string section, the six-time Grammy Award-winner Dionne Warwick will perform a mix of holiday and pop classics including “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year,” “Joy to the World,” and “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year.”