Let there be light! At night! The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade is a valley-wide favorite for the holidays and is this weekend. In Palm Desert, Zoo Lights is back at The Living Desert, and many other events are celebrating the holidays.
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29th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade
The 29th Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade is on Saturday, December 4 at 5:45 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive. The City’s signature holiday event and a much loved tradition, the parade features spectacular twinkling floats, magnificent marching bands, huge Macy’s-style holiday balloons – and Santa Claus of course! This year’s Community Grand Marshals are Mariah Hanson, founder of Dinah Shore Weekend and Linda Barrack, CEO of Martha’s Village and Kitchen. Also broadcast live on NBC Palm Springs starting at 6:00 p.m. More info
Hairspray at the McCallum
The McCallum Theatre presents Hairspray on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, December 3–5 with both matinee and evening performances. You Can’t Stop the Beat! This all-new touring production will reunite Broadway’s award-winning creative team led by Director Jack O’Brien and Choreographer Jerry Mitchell to bring Hairspray to a new generation of theater audiences. Join 16-year-old Tracy Turnblad in 1960’s Baltimore as she sets out to dance her way onto TV’s most popular show. Get tickets
Indio Tamale Festival
The 29th Annual Indio International Tamale Festival takes place Saturday, December 4 from 10:00 a.m.–7:00 p.m and Sunday, December 5 from 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m. in Downtown Indio. Music highlights include La Sonora Dinamita, Tijuana Panthers, Banda Arkangel, The Red Pears, Thee Midniters and Sweet & Tender Hooligans, “the Ultimate Smiths & Morrissey Tribute Band.” Appearing for the first time at Tamale Festival is a stacked bill of luchador wrestling, featuring 6-matches per day of high-flying athletics, and for the kids: the Guinness Certified World’s Biggest Bounce House, and carnival rides, plus a 3,600 sq ft roller rink for a skate party filled with music and dance for all ages. Get tickets
The Sound of Music
Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Sound of Music from December 3–19. 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 from December 3–23. 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
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, from December 4–12. 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