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Palm Desert’s 12 Days of Christmas Entertainment
Shows that will fill you with holiday spirit
For some folks, the holidays are all about food and family, while others look forward to parties and gift-giving. But let’s not forget that the Christmas season comes with its very own soundtrack, and for a lot of us, it’s simply not the holidays without hearing all our favorite carols.
Palm Desert delivers that soundtrack in a big way this holiday season, and it’s guaranteed to get you in the spirit. We’ve highlighted some of the noteworthy shows below. Be sure to plan in advance and purchase your tickets early, as many events sell out well in advance. Enjoy the show!
Celebrate the Season
The Gardens on El Paseo
Friday, December 1
For a fun, free concert, don’t miss the Palm Desert’s Celebrate the Season at The Gardens on El Paseo. Starting at 5:30pm, the Center Lawn will echo with the sounds of the Bobby Sanchez Combo playing 50s covers in the spirit of Jerry Lee Lewis and Ritchie Valens. Free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling Victorian carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee add to the festive spirit.
Mannheim Steamroller Christmas
Featuring beloved holiday music along with dazzling multimedia effects, Mannheim Steamroller Christmas by Chip Davis has been America’s favorite holiday tradition for over 30 years. Experience the magic as the spirit of the season comes alive with the signature sound of Mannheim Steamroller.
Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
Jewel’s “Handmade Holiday Tour” will be a special event that the whole family can enjoy. Pre-show activities will include pet adoption and an area where families can make homemade holiday ornaments. The show itself will be filled with holiday spirit and will feature special guests and members of Jewel’s own family performing alongside her.
Coachella Valley Symphony
Agua Caliente Ballroom
Join the Coachella Valley Symphony for Christmas in Vienna, a festive program featuring the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus. The evening starts at 6pm with a silent auction and cocktails, and is followed by dinner and the concert at 7pm.
The Colors of Christmas
A holiday tradition at McCallum Theatre, Colors of Christmas celebrates its 25th anniversary with Peabo Bryson, Marilyn McCoo & Billy Davis, Jr., Ruben Studdard and Jody Watley. Don’t miss this sparkling evening of holiday music and classics backed up by a hot 12-piece band and a spectacular choir.
The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical
Indio Performing Arts Center
If you prefer your holiday entertainment with cat fights and chair throwing, then take a visit to Armadillo Acres and Desert Theatreworks’ production of The Great American Trailer Park Christmas Musical. It’s just as much fun as the original Great American Trailer Park Musical, but with tinsel and Keg Nog thrown in for good measure.
Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
St Margaret’s Episcopal Church
This traditional service of Christmas through readings and music by the St. Margaret’s Choir and organist Frederick Swann highlights the glory of the season. Arrive early and enjoy the organ prelude that begins at 6:30 pm. A free-will offering will be received and a donation of canned food to benefit the St. Margaret’s Outreach Center is appreciated.
California Desert Chorale
Indian Wells Theater at California State University, San Bernardino/Palm Desert Campus
December 10, 13 & 17
Rejoice! A Celebration of Joy and Wonder offers a wonderful variety of familiar Christmas carols and other holiday tunes in rich arrangements, all centered on a theme of the holiday spirit and rejoicing.
Sounds of the Season
Palm Canyon Theatre
Join your favorite Palm Canyon Theatre performers for a journey through some of the most beloved holiday tunes of all time.
Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love IV
December 12-13; December 15-17
Pop music legend and Palm Springs resident Barry Manilow returns to Palm Desert with A Gift of Love IV, five special concerts benefiting 25 local charities. A Gift of Love IV will feature his hit songs, along with holiday favorites. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow!
Prefer your holidays with a country twang? Clint Black, the multi-million selling country megastar with over 20 #1 hits to his name, makes a stop in the Coachella Valley to play music from his extensive catalog and some timeless holiday classics as well.
Brian Setzer Orchestra “Christmas Rocks!” Tour
Fantasy Springs Special Events Center
Looking for a surefire crowd pleaser? The Brian Setzer Orchestra promises to deliver the most rockin’ holiday concert of the season. Setzer’s trademark guitar work and vocal stylings will be matched by his 19-piece orchestra’s big band horn arrangements, making for a thoroughly entertaining holiday combination.