It's difficult to believe we have rolled through nearly another year and winter has set in. This seems especially quick as I get older and just last month it was common to read "when to winterize evaporative coolers" as a topic on local forums. Yet, now as the days are short and the night air is crisp it seems we are indeed in the midst of the holiday season.
As in past years, our desert communities and theaters produce some magical shows, several of which operate as non-profits. Please support these productions and by attending as a date night, family outing or spreading the word. Also, don't overlook the shop local initiative and opportunity to pick up tickets for gift giving for those who have everything.
So for the start of the holiday season, I encourage you all to experience more and consume less. Embrace the opportunities of twinkling lights, sounds of caroling and most of all enjoy each other during this joyous time of year.
Musicals, Shows and Productions:
A Christmas Story plays weekends through December 17th at Theatre29, Twentynine Palms. Theatre29 is our local playhouse with very reasonably priced tickets starting at $8 and offers Military Discount.
The classic Dickens story, A Christmas Carol is showing at Hi-Desert Cultural Center weekends December 2nd - 11th. A local NonProfit this organization continues to bring in amazing talent and shows for incredible cost starting at $15 per seat. This small venue offers various seating option and pricing. Cash Bar available.
Twentynine Palms High School Booster Club presents An Evening with Santa. Join this celebration of music with TPHS special choir, face painting photos with Santa and silent Auction on Friday, December 2nd between 5 and 8pm. Tickets $5 resale $6 at the Door.
Twentynine Palms High School Holiday Concert featuring Symphonic Band, Select Choir and Concert Choir. Held Thursday, December 8th at 7pm. Cost is $5 at the gymnasium.
Sounds of the Season Holiday Concert presented by Yucca Valley High School Choir. December 10th & 11th at 2:30pm. Head down to the Yucca Valley Community Center to support these young folks.
Joshua Tree Philharmonic - presents The Polar Express and Christmas Holiday Festival of Music evening shows December 16th and 17th with Matinee on Sunday December 18th. Classic musical arrangements along with the Grinch, Babes in Toyland, and others. Tickets starting at $15 ~ Children over 5yr welcome.
Time honored Musical Meet me in St. Louis plays Palm Canyon Theatre December 2nd through 18th. Many memorable musical numbers are sure to delight all who attend. Evening and Matinee shows available.
Holiday Lights and Parades:
WildLights at The Living Desert Friday and Saturday Evenings December 2nd through 24th. Tunnel of lights, visits with Santa, Carousel rides, art, craft, music and over a million twinkling lights on display. Children/Adult/Military Pricing
Palm Springs 23rd Annual Festival of Light Parade the festival of Lights starts at 5:45pm with music, floats, cheer and goodness to be had. Located in downtown Palm springs visit the Palm Springs Festival of Lights for details.
Rotary of Yucca Valley hosts the "Light up the World" Light Parade downtown Yucca Valley, December 10th at 5:30pm starting on Santa Fe heading west and ending at Hi-Desert Water District Office with Santa visit and puppet show.
Twentynine Palms annual Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony, Tuesday, Dec. 6, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at 6136 Adobe Road, downtown Twentynine Palms. Refreshments, including hot chocolate, cookies, cupcakes, and brownies will be served along with music and visit from Santa Claus.
Craft Faire and Santa Visits:
A visit from Santa is a critical step for some young ones so stop by Hi-Desert Nature Museum on Saturday, December 3rd . Starting at 10am Santa listens to Christmas wishes and takes photos. Next door hosts hot cocoa, Holiday Craft Faire and shopping held at the Yucca Valley Community Center.
Come out Saturay, December 10th between 8-12pm for the Joshua Tree Holiday Fair. Get pictures with santa, shop specialty gifts or join for pancake breakfast complete with eggs, sausage and bacon. Admission is FREE breakfast for $5 served 8-11am.
Santa returns to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Saturday, December 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free candy canes and photo opportunities for the kids will bring another dose of Yuletide merriment to all who visit the Tramway’s Mountain Station.
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