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 or seeing a special show.

Palm Desert delivers that entertainment in a big way this holiday season, and it’s guaranteed to get you in the spirit. Be sure to plan in advance and purchase your tickets early, as many events sell out well in advance. Enjoy the show!

Brian Justin Crum: Holiday in the Desert
Desert Rose Playhouse
December 3-4

Pop singer and Broadway star Brian Justin Crum first came to national attention competing on the NBC TV competition America’s Got Talent. His special holiday show will feature special guest Mikalah Gordon.

Sunset Sessions
The Gardens on El Paseo
December 3, 10, 17

Take a break from shopping and relax to the delightful sounds of Mantor & Lannett as the they entertain folks on the Center Lawn of The Gardens on El Paseo. Free of charge!

Terry Fator
Fantasy Springs
December 4

Terry Fator is a singer, comedian, ventriloquist and celebrity impressionist who burst onto the national scene after winning “America’s Got Talent” in 2007. Along with his cadre of 15 puppets, America’s favorite ventriloquist is bringing his Christmas show to the Coachella Valley.

Barry Manilow
McCallum Theatre
December 7-8, 10-12

Desert resident Barry Manilow returns for a fifth time to the McCallum Theatre with his “A Gift of Love” holiday concerts benefiting 25 Coachella Valley charities. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow.

Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus: Sparkle, Twinkle, Jingle
Annenberg Theater
December 10-12

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus is back with its spectacular holiday show filled with traditional selections like “Oh, Holy Night” and non-traditional like “Christmas in Palm Springs.” This year, the Chorus welcomes Broadway star Michele McConnell from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera.

Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
December 12

This traditional service of Christmas through readings and music with the St. Margaret’s Choir, readers, and organist Fred Swann highlights the glory of the season. Come early—the organ prelude begins at 6:40 pm. A free-will offering will be received.

Holiday Sparkle
Palm Canyon Theatre
December 15

Looking for your favorite Christmas carols? Your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers will take a journey through some of the most beloved holiday tunes of all time.

Dionne Warwick: A Holiday Celebration
Fantasy Springs
December 17

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” and “Joy to the World.”

José Feliciano: 50th Anniversary of Feliz Navidad
Spotlight 29
December 18

Fifty years after it was recorded, “Feliz Navidad” remains as popular as ever. It has appeared in movies and TV shows, and been covered by score of other musical artists. Now you have a chance to hear it performed by the artist who wrote it and made it a hit, José Feliciano.

Dave Koz Christmas Tour
McCallum Theatre
December 19

A holiday tradition returns to the McCallum as Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour 2021 brings together a magical combination of musicians to celebrate this special season. Celebrated saxophonist Koz will be joined by four special guests performing fresh, lively arrangements of seasonal favorites.




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