What’s Happening in Palm Desert?

No matter the season, there’s always plenty to see and do in the Palm Desert area. From special events like Fashion Week El Paseo and the Palm Desert Food & Wine Festival, sporting events such as the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament, and exciting theatrical and musical performances at the McCallum Theatre, there’s something for everyone. Search our complete event listings below or browse our list of Palm Desert Signature Events and other major events in the desert.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade

The Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade will be held the first Saturday in December and is a much-loved holiday tradition in downtown Palm Springs! Over the past 25 years, the parade has featured a host of marching bands, performing groups, and of course Santa and Mrs. Claus! Yet more than anything else, it is the parade’s signature floats adorned in thousands of colorful holiday lights and huge Macy’s-style balloons that keeps the crowds coming back for more! The 25th annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade will take place on Palm Canyon Drive in downtown Palm Springs on Saturday, December 2 at 5:45 pm. It begins at Ramon Road and Palm Canyon Drive and heads northbound on Palm Canyon Drive to Tamarisk Road where it ends. The parade route is approximately 1.25 miles long. The parade will last between 90 minutes and 2 hours from start to finish. Come early to get a seat to watch the parade as this is one of the most popular events in the Coachella Valley. For more information on the parade, please contact Jasmine Waits, Special Events Manager at Jasmine.Waits@palmsprings-ca.gov or (760) 323-8276. PS Festival of lights

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