12 Days of Christmas: Festival of Lights Parade, Free Concerts and Performances

Posted By: Palm Springs Insider Tuesday, November 27, 2012

The 21st annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade kicks off the holiday season on December 1, 2012 in downtown Palm Springs. During the first twelve days of December, Palm Springs has over 24 special holiday events including free concerts, celebrity tree lightings, and theater performances.  Plus, there are several restaurants and lodging specials only available from Dec. 1-12.

Palm Springs Festival of Lights
More than 90,000 spectators will line the palm-tree lined streets on December 1 starting at 5:45 p.m. for the Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade to view dozens of twinkling holiday-themed floats with beautiful colored lights and magnificent marching bands. Parade-goers don’t want to miss the famous dancing tractor, the largest in the world, decorated with over 20 miles of lights, plus the wildly popular giant Macy’s-style holiday balloons. Celebrity Grand Marshal is legendary Hollywood producer and local resident Jerry Weintruab, Community Grand Marshals are Harold Matzner and Jim Houston.

Free Holiday Concerts at Forever Marilyn Sculpture
Beginning on Saturday, December 8, and again on December 15 and 22, holiday music and dance will fill the park each afternoon with performances by local student groups and performing arts companies. Then at 6 pm, a holiday review begins starring cabaret singers performing favorite seasonal carols and ballads.  Each evening’s show will end with “snowfall” over the Forever Marilyn park.

Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Annual Tree Lighting
Travel on world's largest rotating tramcar to experience a breathtaking journey up the sheer cliffs of Chino Canyon and rise to the Mountain Station at 8,516 feet. Singer and actor James Darren will be the Celebrity Tree Lighter on December 2nd, 2012. The 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.

Holidays at the Follies.
The Palm Springs Follies present a lavish, holiday spectacular concluding with a gentle fall of snowflakes blanketing delighted theatergoers through the month of December.


  • Sue f Sunday, December 2, 2012 6:34 AM

    I will be in palm springs the 23!-27 of dec. can u inform me of things to do?

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