10 cool things to do in Greater Palm Springs this December

Here we are, people!  It’s the last month of 2017 and, damn, there are plenty of things going on in the Greater Palm Springs area!  Here are the 10 best.

Jim Jefferies – Dec. 1

The Australian comedian will perform at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino in Rancho Mirage on Friday, December 1 at 9:00 pm. Tickets range from $45 to $64.

(Agua Caliente Casino)

Jewel Holiday Show – Dec. 2

She’s sold over 30 million albums and she’ll be performing her hits and plenty of Christmas music for her “Handmade Holiday Tour” at Fantasy Springs on Saturday, December 2.  Tickets are $39 to $59.

(Fantasy Springs Casino)

Tamale Festival – Dec. 2 & 3


The two-day International Tamale Festival hits Indio the first weekend in December.  Live music, beer gardens, and, you guessed it: so many tamales.  Admission is free.  The tamales are not.

(Tamale Festival)

Dance to the Holidays – Dec. 3

Dancing with the Stars Mirror Ball winners Tony Dovolani and Karina Smirnoff join finalists from American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance for performances that include all of your favorite Holiday hits on December 3rd at Agua Caliente Resort Casino.  Tickets are $75 to $350.

(Agua Caliente Resort Casino)

All the Tree Lightings and Parades!!!

(PS Tramway)

It’s the most wooooonderfuuul tiiiiime of…ok, you get it.  So, there are so many tree lightings happening – including a new one in Cathedral City – that I don’t have time to get into all of them or RoboLights and Candy Cane Lane, so I will mention just two: the biggest, the Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, happens on Saturday Dec. 2 and a big fave, the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s tree lighting happens Sunday, Dec. 3.

Cam – Dec. 7

The singer / songwriter known for the hits “Burning House” and “Mayday” will be at at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace on Thursday, December 7 with an 8 pm performance. All tickets are $20.

(Pappy and Harriet’s)

The Clairvoyants – Dec. 8

You saw them on America’s Got Talent and you asked, “how did they do it????!!!”  Well, now you can do that in person at The Show at Agua Caliente Casino.  Tickets are $30 to $50.

(Agua Caliente Casino)

All the Hair Bands – Dec. 9 & 10

Morongo Resort Casino is doing a toy run / concert / sleigh ride featuring all of your favorite hair bands including Great White with Slaughter on Saturday, Dec. 9 and Vixen with Autograph on Sunday, December 10.  Tickets are $20 in advance, $25 at the door.

(Morongo Casino Resort)

Brian Setzer – Dec. 22

The former Stray Cat and three-time Grammy Award-winner will be bringing his 19-piece orchestra to Fantasy Springs Resort Casino for the “SiriusXM Presents The Brian Setzer Orchestra’s 14th Annual ‘Christmas Rocks!’ Tour” on December 22. Tickets are $39 to $69.

(Fantasy Springs Resort Casino)

New Year’s Eve

There are plenty of New Year’s Eve things happening and we have started keeping track of them here. The biggest looks like it will be the Block Party at Spa Resort Casino which will include a performance by Plain White T’s. Getting into the block party is free, but seeing the band will cost you $35 to $100.

(Spa Resort Casino)


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