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"Alicia in Wonder Tierra"*
Indian Wells Theater at CSUSB Palm Desert
Friday, December 02, 2016

9:30 am - 10:30 am

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

When Alicia enters a Mexican curio shop with her mother she accidentally finds herself transported into fantastic realms, filled with amazing creatures and brilliant Mexican imagery. Steeped in Latin American cultural icons, Alicia begins to learn the difference between tradition and stereotypes as she attempts to find her way back home to her family. This unique, family-friendly production features actors and puppets performing side-by-side.

www.IWTheater.com


El Paseo Cruise Night
Starts at The Gardens on El Paseo and cruises El Paseo
Friday, December 02, 2016

3:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Get a close-up look at lovingly cared for cars on the upper level of The Gardens on El Paseo parking structure, then watch them cruise the street between Highway 74 and Portola.

http://www.elpaseocruisenight.com/


Desert Art Collection Christmas Open House
Desert Art Collection
Friday, December 02, 2016

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Desert Art Collection, in conjunction with Lotus Garden, hosts a Christmas Open House.  Desert Art Collection is introducing Desert Art & Home, featuring better home furnishings--furniture and accessories and a better defined fine art gallery.

http://www.desertartcollection.com


Galen First Fridays
Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert
Friday, December 02, 2016

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

In conjunction with F1RST Weekend Palm Desert, the Palm Springs Art Museum in Palm Desert continues their successful Galen First Fridays event every first Friday of the month (November - May) with free admission from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m., docent tour at 4 p.m., craft beer from Babe's BBQ & Brewhouse, and a live performance by Pr0files at 7:30 p.m.

Galen First Fridays are generously sponsored by Helene V. Galen, Babe's BBQ & Brewhouse and The Venue Sushi Bar & Sake Lounge.

https://www.psmuseum.org/palm-desert/events


El Paseo Art Walk
El Paseo Art Galleries
Friday, December 02, 2016

4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A self-guided tour of El Paseo’s art galleries – featuring exhibit openings, artist receptions, and more!

http://www.elpaseoartwalk.com/


Christmas Open House - Introducing Desert Art & Home
Desert Art Collection
Friday, December 02, 2016
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Desert Art Collection, in conjunction with Lotus Garden, hosts a Christmas Open House. Desert Art Collection is introducing Desert Art & Home, featuring better home furnishings, furniture, accessories, and a better defined fine art gallery.

www.desertartcollection.com


Cuistot Extended Happy Hour
Cuistot Restaurant
Friday, December 02, 2016

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Accent your First Weekend with Cuistot's extended happy hour. The special hours and prices are available in the bar and veranda of Cuistot's Restaurant.

http://cuistotrestaurant.com/


Happy Hour Bingo at The Hood
The Hood Bar & Pizza
Friday, December 02, 2016

5:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Start your weekend off with a fun night at The Hood: Bingo, prizes, and happy hour drink and food specials!

http://thehoodbar.com/


First Weekend Holiday Celebration
The Gardens on El Paseo
Friday, December 02, 2016

5:30 pm - 7:30 pm

First Weekend continues in December with more fun including the debut of a new seasonal celebration at The Gardens on El Paseo.

On Friday, December 2, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., the center court at The Gardens will echo with the sounds of Blue Christmas and other Elvis Presley classics performed live and in character by Scott Bruce – A Rockin’ Tribute to the King. The nostalgic music will complement the classic cars of Cruise Night El Paseo, which will be on display on the neighboring street and at The Gardens that night.

Free pictures with Santa Claus, strolling carolers, hot cider and cocoa, and fun children’s activities led by the Palm Desert Youth Committee will add to the festive spirit.

http://www.thegardensonelpaseo.com/events


Wildlights*
The Living Desert Zoo & Botanical Gardens
Friday, December 02 - Saturday, December 03, 2016

6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

WildLights at The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens, one of the Coachella Valley’s most adored and sparkling holiday traditions, is the Featured Event for Palm Desert First Weekend this December, with festivities from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Dec. 2-3.

A beautiful zoo and gardens by day, The Living Desert is transformed by WildLights into an amazing winter wonderland with more than a million colorful, twinkling holiday lights and light displays. 

In a new twist this year, WildLights guests will enjoy a luminescent herd of animal lanterns including two adult giraffes, one baby giraffe, two zebras and three cheetahs, with the tallest standing 16 feet. A “snowy” Whoville winter wonderland, also new this year, will offer guests the chance to have “snowball” fights and play in the frosty white, artificial snow for a two-dollar entrance fee. Plus, favorite holiday movies will play throughout the evening in the Village WaTuTu outdoor theater.

Back by popular demand, the brilliant tunnel of lights continues to dazzle, allowing guests to stroll under a canopy of glittering lights, blinking and flashing to holiday music. Visitors will enjoy holiday themed entertainment, visits with Santa Claus, wildlife encounters, camel and carousel rides. The more than 3,300 feet of G-scale model train track will be thoughtfully decorated and is a sight not-to-be missed. Enjoy holiday music and live entertainment, including Andy Cahan, keyboardist for the Turtles, the Shadow Mountain Band, and other popular local artists and bands.  Tasty food and beverages are also offered for purchase. 

http://www.livingdesert.org/event/wildlights/


Palm Desert Library Public Art Tour
Palm Desert Library
Saturday, December 03, 2016

9:00 am - 10:00 am

Take a free, guided walking tour of the public art collection at the Palm Desert Library as part of Palm Desert's inspiring and fun filled weekend of art and culture. Tour begins the entrance of the Palm Desert Library.

www.palmdesertart.org


Create It
Saturday, December 03, 2016

4:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The biggest, little art exhibition and sale supporting local artists and organizations - followed by a 111 Music Festival after party!

http://www.createcenterforthearts.com/


Interpretive Saturday Morning Hike
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Saturday, December 03, 2016

9:00 am - 11:30 am

Enjoy a 2-3 mile hike while looking for wildlife and learning about the natural and cultural history of the Santa Rosa & San Jacinto Mountains National Monument and the Coachella Valley.

http://www.desertmountains.org/


"Cricket" Comedy Hour with Kris Bossi
The Hood Bar & Pizza
Saturday, December 03, 2016

8:00 pm - 9:00 pm

A night with Cricket is a night of laughing at all the profane and inadvisable coping mechanisms a woman uses to survive a life where everything has tried to take her out; from ex-husbands and car crashes, to natural disasters and her own immune system. Laugh along at living day-to-day as an always outspoken, sometimes crass, and quite often irreverent woman.

http://thehoodbar.com/


Story Hour at the Monument
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Sunday, December 04, 2016

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Kids Corner offers story time about nature and desert creatures in the National Monument. Includes outdoor or craft activity. Ages 4 to 8 with parent. RSVP (760) 862-9984, space is limited.

http://www.desertmountains.org/


Maps and Compass, Basics for Youth
Santa Rosa and San Jacinto Mountains National Monument Visitor Center
Sunday, December 04, 2016

1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

How do you use a map with a compass? Let's have some fun learning by doing at the Santa Rosa and San Jacinto National Monument Visitor Center. Ages 9 and above. RSVP (760) 862-9984, space is limited.

http://www.desertmountains.org/


Paint Nite*
The Hood Bar & Pizza
Sunday, December 04, 2016

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Unleash your inner Picasso, as an artist guides you through a painting step-by-step. All materials are provided, including non-toxic, washable, acrylic paint and 16"x20" canvases.

https://www.paintnite.com/venues/140922.html


*All events free of charge unless indicated.

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