Palm Springs, Calif. – November 22, 2011 – Celebrate the “12 Days of Christmas” in Palm Springs, December 1-12, 2011 with quintessential holiday performances, celebrity tree lightings, holiday shopping and dining specials. Signature events include the Festival of Lights Parade with special guest, Carol Channing as Celebrity Grand Marshal, and the “Walk of the Inns,” a self-guided tour of historic and boutique inns decorated for the holidays.
During the first twelve days of December, twelve participating restaurants are offering diners an exclusive bottle of Gerard Bertrand Cremant Brut 2008 or Zardetto Convento Prosecco for only $5.00 a bottle, which is perfect for gift giving too. For every bottle sold, the restaurant will donate $1.00 to the Boys and Girls Club of Palm Springs. Participating restaurants include: Circa 59; Chop House Palm Springs; Copleys; Escena; Grind Brgr Bar; Kaiser Grille; Pomme Frite; Rio Azul; Trio; Tropicale; Zin American Bistro; and Zini Cafe Mediterrano.
“12 Days of Christmas” Event Calendar
Thursday, December 1, 2011
Holiday Tree Lighting – City of Palm Springs
City of Palm Springs’ spectacular Christmas tree lighting ceremony at downtown’s Frances Stevens Park featuring traditional Christmas carols from the Palm Springs High School Choir, a visit from Santa on a fire truck and more. Tree lighting ceremony is from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us
Holiday Cheer at VillageFest
Beautiful art, handcrafted items and unique food line Palm Canyon Drive for visitors and residents to enjoy shopping under the stars. Villagefest is held every Thursday evening starting at 6 p.m. www.villagefest.org
Friday, December 2, 2011
WildLights Holiday Festival at The Living Desert
Thousands of twinkling lights, dazzling displays, live music, festive games and activities, plus the new Holiday Express trackless train ride. WildLights Holiday Festival takes place on select dates through December from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Saturday, December 3, 2011
Festival of Lights Parade
Carol Channing, celebrity Grand Marshal, will join dozens of lighted floats, equestrians, autos and bands as they make their way through the city’s downtown. Parade starts at 5:45 p.m. on Palm Canyon Drive at Ramon Road. www.psfestivaloflights.com
Sunday, December 4, 2011
CK Dance Company presents The Nutcracker
A quintessential holiday ballet with three performances of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic. The Nutcracker will be at The Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum on December 3 at 3 p.m. and December 4 at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m. www.psmuseum.org
Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Annual Tree Lighting
Actor and comedian Ronnie Schell will be the Celebrity Tree Lighter at the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at the Mountain Station at 5:30pm with the Palm Springs High School Choir singing a selection of holiday songs. When the tree is lit it can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley. www.pstramway.com
Monday, December 5, 2011
The 19th Annual Streetbar Holiday Wreath Auction
Beautiful holiday wreaths of all types and sizes to be auctioned off to benefit AIDS Assistance Program starting at 8:00 p.m. at Streetbar, located at 224 E. Arenas Road in Palm Springs.
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Holiday Shopping in Palm Springs
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.
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
SPARKLE: An All-Star Holiday Concert
An enchanting evening of Holiday music featuring a cavalcade of talent from some of today’s hottest Broadway and Television shows plus some legendary showbiz personalities to deliver extra Holiday cheer..Scheduled to perform in this year’s All-Star line up is the legendary JoAnne Worley, Bobbie Eakes, Wilson Cruz, Milena Govich, Bobby Steggert, Ginifer King, Max von Essen, Erin Quill, Von Smith, Jen Malenke, Julie Garnye, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Dionne Gipson, Robyn Clarknd a few surprises. The concert starts at 7 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater located in the Palm Springs Art Museum. www.psmuseum.org
Marine Corps Holiday Concert at Palm Springs Convention Center
A free holiday event hosted by the City of Palm Springs and the Marine Corps Air Ground Combat Band from Twentynine Palm Springs for a spectacular holiday concert. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Palm Springs Convention Center. www.ci.palm-springs.ca.us
Thursday, December 8, 2011
Walk of the Inns
Enjoy an evening taking a free walking tour of sixteen historic inns, boutique hotels and attractions located in the Palm Springs Historic Tennis Club District. Event will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. and maps can be picked up at the Palm Springs Art Museum’s box office or any of the participating properties. Bring a flashlight. www.walkingtouroftheinns.com
Friday, December 9, 2011
White Christmas at the Palm Canyon Theatre
A musical based on the Paramount Pictures 1954 film, White Christmas. The play will show from December 2-18, 2011 at various times. www.palmcanyontheatre.org
Saturday, December 10, 2011
Desert Winds Freedom Concert and Jazz Bands Presents A Celestial Holiday Fantasy
An afternoon of traditional, contemporary and swing music, featured soloists including Joel Baker and an original composition by local composer and performer Charlie Creasy. Concert starts at 2:00 p.m. at the Annenberg Theater at the Palm Springs Art Museum. www.psmuseum.org
Santa Fly-In at Palm Springs Air Museum
Santa arrives in a Stearman Biplane at 1 p.m. with a bag full of goodies and kids are invited to join him as he takes a seat in his comfy red chair under the wing of a C-47. www.palmspringsairmuseum.org
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Holidays at The Follies
During the month of December, the Follies present a lavish, holiday spectacular concluding with a gentle fall of snowflakes blanketing delighted theatergoers. A 1:30 p.m. matinee performance is scheduled on Dec. 11, 2011. www.psfollies.com
Monday, December 12, 2011
Holiday Shopping in Palm Springs
Dozens of vintage boutiques, art galleries, and hip fashion ships line the festive downtown and uptown design district, perfect for holiday shopping.
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