Brad Fuhr Caricature

Holiday parties abound throughout the valley – we had ours last Sunday to celebrate a great start to the combining of KGAY 106.5 and GayDesertGuide.LGBT. This weekend promises many more fabulous ways to be jolly with your holly.

We’re here to guide you through the many events, things to do and attractions in Greater Palm Springs. Shop local this year as you get ready to gift a family member, friend or loved one. And if you can’t be with the one you love…as the song goes…love the one you’re with!

Brad Fuhr, your Gay Desert Guide & KGAY 106.5 Palm Springs 

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Wildlights at The Living Desert

WildLights is celebrating 29 years dazzling guests by transforming The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens into a sparkling winter wonderland, recognized in the Top 5 Best Zoo Lights by USA Today. Come to this festive annual tradition and marvel at more than a million colorful, sparkling holiday lights on the following remaining evenings: December 10, 11, 17 – 24, 26 – 30. WildLights guests will encounter a herd of life-size, luminescent animal lanterns, explore newly added pathways and stroll through the popular tunnel of lights flashing to holiday music. Advanced reservations are required for both members and guests. More info

Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love Concerts

Barry Manilow’s A Gift of Love V concerts take place over 5 nights: December 7, 8, 10, 11 & 12 at the McCallum Theatre. The popular concert returning for the 5th time features his hit songs and holiday favorites, all to benefit 25 Coachella Valley charities. His past holiday concerts have surprised audiences with a children’s choir, Santa Claus, and even snow! Get tickets

The Beebo Brinker Chronicles

Desert Ensemble Theatre presents The Beebo Brinker Chronicles from Dec. 10–19 at the Palm Springs Cultural Center. Based on the pulp-fiction classics by Ann Bannon and set in pre-Stonewall Greenwich Village, The Beebo Brinker Chronicles follows the lives and loves of Laura, Beth and Beebo as they navigate uncharted territories of desire. The play celebrates the era when “the love that dares not speak its name” began breaking the old rules. Get tickets

Sparkle, Twinkle, Jingle! with the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus

The Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus (PSGMC) is back and ready to perform for its SOLD OUT spectacular holiday show “Sparkle, Twinkle, Jingle!Friday through Sunday, December 10–12 at the Palm Springs Museum Annenberg Theater. The Chorus is proud to welcome its new artistic director Jerry R. Soria-Foust, who will premiere his talents with a program filled with both traditional and non-traditional selections. As audiences have come to expect, there will be a few surprises, songs in four languages and heartfelt musical moments. This year, the Chorus welcomes Broadway star Michele McConnell from Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. More info

The Sound of Music

Palm Canyon Theatre presents The Sound of Music through December 19. Set in Austria on the eve of the Anschluss in 1938, the musical tells the story of Maria, who takes a job as governess while she decides whether to become a nun. She falls in love with the children, and eventually their widowed father, Captain Von Trapp. Get tickets

Winter Wonderettes

Desert Theatreworks presents the Winter Wonderettes through December 23. This seasonal celebration finds the 60’s girl group “The Wonderettes” entertaining at the annual Harper’s Hardware Holiday Party. When Santa turns up missing, the girls use their talent and creative ingenuity to save the holiday party! Featuring a live band and great ’60s versions of holiday classics such as “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town,” “Jingle Bell Rock,” “Run, Rudolph, Run,” and “Winter Wonderland.” Get tickets

Bakersfield Mist

Coachella Valley Repertory presents Bakersfield Mist, (back to finish its run after a COVID-related hiatus), December 7–12. Maude, a fifty-something unemployed bartender living in a trailer park, has bought a painting for a few bucks from a thrift store. Despite almost trashing it, she’s now convinced it’s a lost masterpiece by Jackson Pollock worth millions. But when world-class art expert Lionel Percy flies over from New York and arrives at her trailer home in Bakersfield to authenticate the painting, he has no idea what he is about to discover. Inspired by true events, this hilarious and thought-provoking new comedy-drama asks vital questions about what makes art and people truly authentic. Get tickets

The Best of Modernism Online Auction

Modernism Week offers The Best of Modernism, an exciting online auction of intriguing and distinctive items, and customized architectural experiences, just in time for the holiday shopping season, through Sunday, December 12. The online bidding event will feature more than 45 unique architectural tours and experiences, exclusive VIP Modernism Week event tickets and experiences packages for February 2022, access to prime sold-out parties during Modernism Week, and uncommon, exclusive items not typically available to the public. More info


OutAT TV presents the STRUT Awards Gala on Sunday, December 12 at 6:00 p.m. at Margaritaville Resort. Join friends, grab a drink and enjoy this new LGBTQ+ Awards Gala for Palm Springs and the SoCal Region. The STRUT Awards are a “People’s Choice” Voting Format Awards show for the LGBTQ+ Industry. Gay Desert Guide is nominated in Digital Media and Publication categories, along with Brad Fuhr as KGAY Business Owner, plus John Taylor of KGAY nominated for his talents as an event emcee! Get tickets

Christmas with the Crawfords

The Desert Rose Playhouse presents Christmas With The Crawfords through December 26. We find Ms. Crawford prepping for her infamous 1940’s Christmas Eve radio broadcast, with Christina and Christopher in tow. The show is a 90 minute parade of famous movie stars dropping by unannounced to sing, dance, and generally toss each other around. You know the gang: Hedda Hopper, Ann Miller, Baby Jane Hudson, Judy Garland, Gloria Swanson, Ethel Merman, Carmen Miranda, Mae West and even the Andrews Sisters. All seats get cocktail service before and during shows! Get tickets

Circovia 2.0 at The Show

Experience a mind-blowing & breathtaking night on Friday & Saturday, December 10 & 11 at 8:00 p.m. when Circovia 2.0 by DreamCast comes to The Show at Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa Rancho Mirage. Performers travel through the air & push the limits with incredible acrobatic tricks, taking their art to unparalleled heights. Circovia 2.0 features fantastic talent from around the world, including dancers, motorcyclists & daredevils performing heroic stunts. Get tickets

CVRep Presents The Latsos LIVE

CVRep Presents Live: The Latsos Featuring The Music of Joe Giarrusso on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00–3:00 p.m. Join the incomparable piano duo Giorgi Latso and Ana Fedorova-Latso for this CVRep benefit performance to help raise much-needed funding. Also joining the Latsos are John Walz, Kaitlyn Farley and David Hirsch. Tickets include a post-performance reception at the Playhouse. More info

California Desert Chorale Holiday Celebration

The California Desert Chorale launches its 29th season with a FREE holiday concert: Love, Light and Laughter, on Sunday, December 12 at 3:00 p.m. at Hope Lutheran Church in Palm Desert. The program, with accompaniment by a chamber orchestra, will include: “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” arranged by Dr. Dennis Moreen, “Ava Maria,” featuring soprano Delatour Zimmer, “Laudamus Te” from Vivaldi’s Gloria featuring sopranos Judi Russo and Ana Rangel, and much more. Sponsored in part by the City of Palm Desert and donations will be accepted. More info

Cowboy + Cowgirl Roundup

Buck Beal & Chuck Saucer

Palm Springs Hot Rodeo directors Buck and Chuck invite you to a Cowboy + Cowgirl Roundup on Saturday, December 11 from 7:00–11:00 p.m. at Trunks bar. This event is planned as a homecoming type occasion for members and friends of Hot Rodeo to gather, mingle, dance, and enjoy the company of one another and new friends. Featuring dance lessons, the best country-western music, rodeo merchandise, drink specials and a cash prize raffle. More info

Desert Air – Underground Dance Music

Desert Air debuts a dance weekend getaway under the desert sky on Friday and Saturday, December 10 & 11, with world class underground dance music amongst the historic aircrafts of the Palm Springs Air Museum. Presented by Splash House and Goldenvoice. Get tickets

BMW of Palm Springs Toy Drive

BMW of Palm Springs is hosting a Toy Drive through Friday, December 10 at its Palm Springs campus. The public is encouraged to drop off unwrapped, boxed toys during regular business hours, 9:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. The toys will be given to local kids on Saturday, December 18 during Breakfast with Santa presented by the Palm Springs Gay Softball League and the City of Palm Springs Department of Parks and Recreation. More info

Estate Planning: Are You Procrastinating?

PALS (Planning Ahead for LGBT Seniors) presents Estate Planning: Are You Procrastinating? Take Action Now! on Saturday, December 11 from 10:00–11:00 a.m. on Zoom. Conversations regarding the legal documents you need prior to a health issue are an ongoing process. No matter where you are in that process, this seminar, presented by Dennis Lee, Esq. will help you focus and energize to stay on track. Legal documents keep you in control of your future. More info

Silica Studios Ceramics Artist Reception

Silica Studios presents their Ceramics Open Studio Fall 2021 Artist Reception on Friday, December 10 from 5:00–9:00 p.m. There will be over 20 artists showing their work and presenting it for sale. The sale will continue December 11 & 12 from 10:00 a.m–4:00 p.m. More info

Saturdays with Ross Mathews on KGAY!

Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews continues on KGAY 106.5 through the holidays with his new show airing Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. Ross is seen nationally on RuPaul’s Drag Race, The Drew Barrymore Show, and more. Ross does what he knows best: show biz, current events and the Coachella Valley. As Ross puts it “KGAY is…giving the gayest person in history his own radio show…Me!” Saturdays with Ross Mathews is on KGAY 106.5, on the FM dial in the Coachella Valley and streaming worldwide online! Ask your smart speaker to “Play KGAY.”

It’s Hip to be KGAY!

Power up your wardrobe with some rainbows and spice up your holiday gift shopping with our KGAY logo merchandise! We’ve got t-shirts, hoodies, tank tops and more in a variety of styles, and that’s just the beginning. How about a KGAY case for your phone? Coasters for your coffee table? Magnet for your fridge? Check out the travel mug, tote bag, throw pillow…and much more! Shop Now


Holiday Sparkle Concert

Palm Canyon Theatre presents Holiday Sparkle on Wednesday, December 15 at 7:30 p.m. PCT Company members and special guest artists will delight audiences with an array of holiday music from classic ballads to contemporary favorites. The evening also culminates a food and toy drive for The Community Food Bank @ The Center and Toys for Tots. (Donations of non-perishable food and new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the theatre anytime through Dec 15). Get tickets

DAP Health Transgender Holiday Reception

Join DAP Health for their annual Transgender Holiday Reception at Eight4Nine on Monday, December 13 from 5:00–7:00 p.m. Hosted by Palm Springs’ own Miss Rusty Waters and featuring an evening of complimentary beverages, appetizers, raffles and more. Free event, registration requested. More info

Premium Bourbon Tasting at Purple Room

Join the Purple Room Supper Club, home of Frank’s Bourbon Bar, for The Garrison Brothers Premium Bourbon Tasting with Aaron Pond on Monday, December 13 from 4:00–6:00 p.m. Get tickets

Jazzville: Good Time Jazz Band

On Thursday, December 16 at 7:00 p.m., Jazzville Palm Springs presents Good Time Jazz Band at the Cascade Lounge inside Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs. This is their big Christmas in New Orleans show, featuring drummer and washboard player Gareth Price. Deck the halls with beads and balls for some serious swingtime and Dixieland, baby! Cocktails, wine and delicious small bites will be available to order and enjoy while bopping to the tunes of the evening. Get tickets

RuPaul’s Drag Race Recap: Meet the Queens of Season 14

Dante Noto

Our Gay Desert Guide Drag Correspondent Dante Noto (as in Danté, you stay) is already sharpening his quill to recap the upcoming Season 14 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, which premieres in January on VH1. (Read his recaps of All-Stars Season 6 here). Now they’re revealing the cast of Season 14 with a Meet the Queens preview on YouTube, which Dante (of course) got up early to watch live. Read his recap of Meet the Queens of Season 14 here.

  1. Holiday Happenings in Greater Palm Springs for 2021
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  3. Modernism Week Partners with PS Architecture Tours to Launch New Seasonal “Architecture Tours by Modernism Week”
  4. Andrew Garfield Earns Top Actor Award from Palm Springs Film Fest
  5. Where to Brunch in Palm Springs and Beyond

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We also have Hot Deals at Desert Mischief, Coachella Valley Coffee Co., Jolene’s Bar & Grill, One Eleven Bar, Destination PSP, Grand Central, Chill Bar, Runway, Rick’s Desert Grill, Mary Pickford Theatre, Thai Smile and more! See All Deals

Listen to KGAY 106.5 over the air, stream it [here], or listen on TuneIn Radio with Alexa or Siri by saying “Play K-GAY 1065 from Tune In Radio.” John Taylor is on mornings 6–10 a.m. and program director Chris Shebel is on afternoons. Our Retro Lunch with DJ Galaxy and DJ Eric Ornelas is now heard on Sundays as the Retro Lunch & Sunday Brunch from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. And Saturdays at 10:00 a.m. through the Holidays, it’s Coachella Valley resident Ross Mathews with his very own radio show!

DJ Galaxy
DJ Eric Ornelas
John Taylor