Dave Koz will bring his Christmas show back to the McCallum Theatre on Dec. 19.

The holiday season is here! Please enjoy all that the valley has to offer this month—and stay safe while doing so.

Coachella Crossroads is hosting a star-studded New Year’s Eve event. Starting at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 31, experience “Day One ’22,” featuring performances by E-40, Getter, Saweetie and DJ Diesel, aka Shaquille O’Neal. (Yes, you read that right.) Tickets start at $99, and you must be 21 or older to attend. Coachella Crossroads, 46200 Harrison Place, Coachella; 760-775-5566; www.coachellacrossroads.com.

Fantasy Springs is bringing in some big names this month. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, intriguing ventriloquist/singer Terry Fator brings his puppets to town. Tickets range from $29 to $79. Living legend and six-time Grammy winner Dionne Warwick will perform her holiday show, Favorite Time of Year, at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 17. Tickets range from $39 to 69. Fantasy Springs Resort Casino, 84245 Indio Springs Parkway, Indio; 760-342-5000; www.fantasyspringsresort.com.

The McCallum Theatre is back in The Venue Report! The theater is bringing Broadway back to the valley, starting with the national tour of Hairspray, with five shows from Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5. Tickets range from $65 to $135. Barry Manilow is set to perform A Gift of Love V—five different shows that benefit 25 local charities—taking place between Tuesday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 12. Tickets start at $200. At 7 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 19, Dave Koz will be joined by some amazingly talented friends for his annual holiday show. Tickets range from $60 to $95. McCallum Theatre, 73000 Fred Waring Drive, Palm Desert; 760-340-2787; www.mccallumtheatre.com.

Agua Caliente in Rancho Mirage is offering quite a wide variety of entertainment in December. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, music icon Engelbert Humperdinck will bring 50 years of songs to the valley. Tickets range from $45 to $65. If dancers, acrobats and motorcyclists are your thing, then look no further than Circovia 2.0, taking place at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets range from $45 to $80. Agua Caliente Resort Casino Spa Rancho Mirage, 32250 Bob Hope Drive, Rancho Mirage; 888-999-1995; www.hotwatercasino.com.

Cathedral City’s Agua Caliente is presenting Lucha Libre Mexicana at 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11. A full night of wrestling will only cost you $10. Agua Caliente Cathedral City, 68960 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Cathedral City; 888-999-1995; www.aguacalientecasinos.com/cc.

Jazz and comedy continue to dominate the entertainment menu at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs. Jazzville features some heavy hitters this month, including Phat Cat Swinger on Dec. 9, a Christmas in New Orleansshow by the Good Time Jazz Band on Dec. 16, and the Sacha Boutros Quartet on Dec. 23. Shows take place every Thursday at 7 p.m., and tickets start at $10, available at jazzvillepalmsprings.com. Caliente Comedy brings the laughs all month long, every Friday at 7 p.m. Some notable acts include: Adam Hunter on Dec. 3, Erik Rivera on Dec. 10, Gene Pompa on Dec. 17, and a “Jewish Xmas Eve Party” with Danny Jolles on Dec. 24. You must be 21 to attend; tickets start at $19.99 and can be found at www.eventspalmsprings.com/caliente-comedy. Agua Caliente Casino Palm Springs, 401 E. Amado Road, Palm Springs; 888-999-1995; www.sparesortcasino.com.

Morongo’s December lineup is best described by the word “eclectic.” Some highlights: At 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 4, actor Rob Lowe comes to Cabazon with his Stories I Only Tell My Friends show. Tickets range from $59 to $69. Country legend Clint Black is set to perform at 9 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 18. Tickets range from $59 to $79. Morongo Casino Resort Spa, 49500 Seminole Drive, Cabazon; 800-252-4499; www.morongocasinoresort.com.

Pappy and Harriet’s has a few shows left on its calendar that aren’t sold out yet, at least as of our press deadline. Kick off the month with Reverend Horton Heat and Horton’s Holiday Hayride, at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1. Tickets are $25. At 8 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 11, psychedelic space-rockers Howlin’ Rain come to the desert. Tickets are $18, or $22 on the day of the show. Brazilian singer-songwriter Rodrigo Amarante is set to take the Pappy’s stage at 8 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $25. Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace, 53688 Pioneertown Road, Pioneertown; 760-365-5956; www.pappyandharriets.com.

Tickets for shows at the Purple Room are going fast, so get ’em for these events while you still can! Singing strippers The Skivvies are set to perform their Say It Ain’t Snow show at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 3, and Saturday, Dec. 4. Remaining tickets are $30. Classical duo Branden and James brings A Christmas Gift to Palm Springs at 8 p.m., Friday, Dec. 10, and Saturday, Dec. 11. Tickets remained for just the Saturday show as of this writing, and they are $40. Michael Holmes’ Purple Room, 1900 E. Palm Canyon Drive, Palm Springs; 760-322-4422; www.purpleroompalmsprings.com.

Oscar’s Palm Springs is hosting a wide variety of acts this month. At 7 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 1, catch Our Dynasty Tales From the Set, a night of behind-the-scenes stories from actors Jack Coleman, John James and Gordon Thomson. Tickets start at $99.95. At 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 16, check out Selene’s Atomic Holiday Groove, a holiday variety show starting comedian Selene Luna. Tickets are $30. Oscar’s Palm Springs, 125 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs; 760-325-1188; oscars-palm-springs.ticketleap.com.

The Skivvies strip things down at the Purple Room on Dec. 3 and 4.
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Matt King

Matt King is a freelance writer for the Coachella Valley Independent. A creative at heart, his love for music thrust him into the world of journalism at 17 years old, and he hasn't looked back. Before...