Christmas in Palm Springs, California is an unforgettable and unique experience. Just hours east of Los Angeles, the desert landscape provides the perfect backdrop for Christmas light decorations, which take place all over town, especially in the shopping districts. Because winter is such a busy time in Palm Springs, crowds and festivals are plentiful during the Christmas season. An annual Festival of Lights in the main shopping district adorns the palm trees with decorations and lights. The Wildlights Holiday Festival of the Living Desert combines lighting effects with the natural beauty of the desert, with a dazzling display of over 300,000 lights. Many of the affluent neighborhoods of the Palm Springs area have well organized and beautiful displays of lights. McCallum Theater hosts renditions of The Nutcracker and other holiday favorites. Make sure not to miss the annual Santa Claus arrival to the air museum, which also allows children to meet Santa, get their photos taken, and receive presents and goodies. Warm up your Christmas with a trip to Palm Springs!