Palm Desert’s holiday season has arrived and along with it comes events and activities for the entire family to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for a little holiday atmosphere or a concert of favorite carols, Palm Desert has it all. Be sure to plan and purchase your tickets early, as many events sell out well in advance. Enjoy the show!


WildLights at the Living Desert
The Living Desert
November 22, 24-25, December 1-2, 8-9, Dec 14: Adults only (21+), 15-16, 17-24, 26-30

Embark on an illuminated journey through the zoo, surrounded by awe-inspiring sights and perfect photo opportunities. Revel in the seasonal joy as you enjoy a carousel ride, indulge in delicious s’mores, capture memories with a Santa souvenir photo, and more.

Join us for The Living Desert’s beloved holiday event, now in its 31st season. This year’s WildLights promises dazzling new light displays, engaging programming, and an exclusive evening for adults 21+.


Seth MacFarlane and Liz Gillies – We Wish You The Merriest

McCallum Theatre
December 5

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.


Mariachi Sol de Mexico de José Hernàndez: Merri-Achi Christmas
McCallum Theatre
December 8

Merri-Achi Christmas returns 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 José Hernàndez.


Paws ‘N Claus

The Gardens on El Paseo

December 9

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.


Gladys Knight

Fantasy Springs

December 9

The Empress of Soul, Gladys Knight will arrive at the desert scene to deliver some holiday cheer. The extraordinary range and vocals performed by Knight are bound to hit home for the joyous festivities.


Barry Manilo’s A Gift For Love VI
McCallum Theatre
December 12

Manilow’s A Gift of Love VI concerts will feature his hit songs and holiday favorites for the sixth time to benefit 25 Coachella Valley charities. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow!


The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
Annenberg Theatre
December 14-17

Kick off the holidays right with the hottest chorus in town, the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus as the Ring, Swing, and Sing during their annual Holiday Concert!


A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols for Christmas
St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church
December 17

The St. Margaret’s Choir will be joined by readers and organ for this yearly presentation of wonderful music for the season. An annual highlight of the musical season at St. Margaret’s, early arrival is suggested.


Dave Koz & Friends Anniversary Christmas Tour
McCallum Theatre
December 18

A holiday tradition returns to the McCallum as Dave Koz and Friends Christmas Tour bringing 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.


Canadian Brass: Christmas Time Is Here
McCallum Theatre
December 19

A formidable force in the world of chamber music, this quintet has been heralded as the “Kings of Brass.” Canadian Brass rings in the holiday season with a program of festive classics and brass standards. With impeccable musicianship, theatrical flair, and heartwarming humor, Canadian Brass is a favorite of audiences across the globe.


For a complete list of upcoming events, visit our Events Calendar: DiscoverPalmDesert.com/events