Make This Season Merry: A Guide to Sparkle & Shine Palm Springs-style!

Spending the holidays in Palm Springs? Lucky you! There’s nothing like the clear starry skies of a Palm Springs December night, and the days are picture perfect: sunny and bright with the bluebird skies cradling the mountains—and the perfect temperature to enjoy all your favorite outdoor activities: golf, tennis, hiking, cycling, hot air ballooning, horseback riding, tours, and so much more…

Want more? You got it! Greater Palm Springs offers a wealth of activities and events to entertain you day and night during this holiday season…from farmer’s markets to Handel’s chorus, make this season sparkle and shine Palm Springs-style! Here are some of my top picks for Palm Springs holiday happenings, and don’t forget to check our Calendar of Events for up-to-the-minute ideas and even more adventures…make it a merry one, Palm Springs!

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Have a wonderful holiday, Palm Springs! Wishing you all peace, hope and joy.

Kate & all of us at

Handel-ing the Holidays California Desert Chorale
Indian Wells Theatre, California State University, San Bernardino, Palm Desert Campus (37-500 Cook Street, Palm Desert, CA). Lush arrangements of familiar holiday carols, Christmas music from Broadway and Hollywood, plus 30 minutes of Handel’s glorious “Messiah”, featuring five stirring choruses and soloists: Revae Reynolds, Soprano; Laura Stave, Mezzo-Soprano; Louie Salcido, Tenor; Rick Schaffner, Bass. Time: 3 & 7pm. Tickets: $30/$40. More info: 760-341-2883 or

Holiday Villagefest 
Holiday lights dazzle the palm tree-lined streets of Palm Canyon Drive for a holiday shopping spree ranging from fashion apparel to art galleries to home furnishings in downtown and the uptown design district! Join thousands of visitors and locals in beautiful downtown Palm Springs this Thursday for the valley’s finest event. Every Thursday evening, Downtown Palm Springs transforms into a diverse array of artists, artisans, entertainers, and purveyors of fresh fruits and veggies, flowers, jewelry, snacks and sweets. Add all that to the great shops, restaurants, clubs, and entertainment venues located along World Famous Palm Canyon Drive – and the result is one of Southern California’s most popular weekly events: VillageFest! Plus, we’re dog friendly! More info: 760-320-3781 or

The WildLights Festival at The Living Desert
The WildLights Festival at The Living Desert (47900 Portola Ave., Palm Desert, CA) sponsored by the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation, opened for the holiday season on Wednesday, November 21st 2012. This magical event, now in its 20th season, is presented by the City of Indian Wells and runs select nights over the holiday season. With over 750,000 twinkling lights illuminating the park after dark, this annual event turns the desert into a holiday wonderland. Come join us for “Holidays Around the World” featuring new light displays, international food and beverage offerings, Camel and Carousel Rides, Holiday Entertainment, Wildlife Wonder Shows, and much, much more! Tickets: Non-member Adult $10.00 and Members, Children, Military (with ID) $8:00. More info: 760-346-5694 or

Judy’s Old Fashioned Christmas
The Purple Room (1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA). Ring in the Holidays with Judy Garland and her gal pals Bette Davis, Carol Channing and Pearl Bailey as they drink Old Fashioneds and sing your holiday favorites mixed with irreverent humor for a riotous evening of fun! Internationally acclaimed impersonator Michael Holmes presents a hysterical parody of Judy Garland who, in her 1964 television variety show, played host to some of the greatest stars of Hollywood—who are also played by Holmes. Cost: $40 – tickets & show. More info: 760-322-4422 or

The Fabulous Follies Last Hurrah! —and— the Follies Holiday Show!
The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies (128 South Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs, CA).  For the holidays, the Palm Springs Follies includes a lavish, spectacular holiday production number and then there’s The Follies’ famous New Year’s Eve show! The 23rd edition of The Fabulous Follies is their farewell season, The Last Hurrah! and it is guaranteed to be their best ever. Starring their Legendary Line of Long-Legged Lovelies, internationally-acclaimed guest stars, classic variety acts, and the music and dance of the 40s, 50s, 60s and 70s, all performed by a cast old enough to have lived it! Guest Stars: Susan Anton, Maureen McCGovern and Darlene Love. Variety Acts: Brad Cummings and Rex, Rejean St. Jules, Frank Olivier and Riff Markowitz. The Fabulous Palm Springs Follies is a world-famous, Broadway-caliber celebration of the music, dance, and comedy of Mid-Century America with a cast all ranging in age from 55 to 84. Don’t miss out on your last chance to experience the most fun you can have in Palm Springs!

Have a safe and happy holiday, Palm Springs!

About David J Castello

David J Castello is the Editor-in-Chief and Chief Operating Officer for the Castello Cities Internet Network (,,, etc). His debut novel, The Diary of an Immortal (1945-1959) was published in 2016.

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