Holiday parties abound throughout the valley – we had ours last Sunday to celebrate a great start to the combining of KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide.LGBT. This weekend promises many more fabulous ways to be jolly with your holly.
We’re here to guide you through the many events, things to do and attractions in Greater Palm Springs. Shop local this year as you get ready to gift a family member, friend or loved one. And if you can’t be with the one you love…as the song goes…love the one you’re with!
Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs
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Wildlights at The Living Desert
WildLights is celebrating 29 years dazzling guests by transforming The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Come to this festive annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights on the following remaining evenings: December 10, 11, 17 – 24, 26 – 30. WildLights guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests. More info
Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love Concerts
Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love V concerts take place over 5 nights: December 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 at the McCallum Theatre. The popular concert returning for the 5th time features his hit songs and holiday favorites, all to benefit 25 Coachella Valley charities. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow! Get tickets
The Beebo Brinker Chronicles
Desert Ensemble Theatre presents The Beebo Brinker Chronicles from Dec. 10–19 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Based on the pulp-fiction classics by Ann Bannon and set in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire. The play celebrates the era when “the love that dares not speak its name” began breaking the old rules. Get tickets
Sparkle, Twinkle, Jingle! with the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus
The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) is back and ready to perform for its SOLD OUT spectacular holiday show “Sparkle, Twinkle, Jingle!” Friday through Sunday, December 10–12 at the Palm Springs Museum Annenberg Theater. The Chorus is proud to welcome its new artistic director Jerry R. Soria-Foust, who will premiere his talents with a program filled with both traditional and non-traditional selections. As audiences have come to expect, there will be a few surprises, songs in four languages and heartfelt musical moments. This year, the Chorus welcomes Broadway star Michele McConnell from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. More info
The Sound of Music
Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Sound of Music through December 19. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain Von Trapp. Get tickets
Desert Theatreworks presents the Winter Wonderettes through December 23. This seasonal celebration finds the 60’s girl group “The Wonderettes” entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring a live band and great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Get tickets
Coachella Valley Repertory presents Bakersfield Mist, (back to finish its run after a COVID-related hiatus), December 7–12. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Get tickets
The Best of Modernism Online Auction
Modernism Week offers The Best of Modernism, an exciting online auction of intriguing and distinctive items, and customized architectural experiences, just in time for the holiday shopping season, through Sunday, December 12. The online bidding event will feature more than 45 unique architectural tours and experiences, exclusive VIP Modernism Week event tickets and experiences packages for February 2022, access to prime sold-out parties during Modernism Week, and uncommon, exclusive items not typically available to the public. More info
STRUT LGBTQ+ Awards
OutAT TV presents the STRUT Awards Gala on Sunday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Margaritaville Resort. Join friends, grab a drink and enjoy this new LGBTQ+ Awards Gala for Palm Springs and the SoCal Region. The STRUT Awards are a “People’s Choice” Voting Format Awards show for the LGBTQ+ Industry. Gay Desert Guide is nominated in Digital Media and Publication categories, along with Brad Fuhr as KGAY Business Owner, plus John Taylor of KGAY nominated for his talents as an event emcee! Get tickets