Thousands of twinkling energy efficient lights will be turned on at 5:15 p.m. today, Dec. 5, at Frances Stevens Park for the annual Palm Springs Tree Lighting Ceremony.
About 500 people are expected to attend the event which includes free cookies and hot cocoa, caroling by the Raymond Cree Middle School Choir and a visit from Santa Claus.
Free efficient lights will be handed out to the first 50 residents who turn in used holiday lights for recycling. Proof of residency must be shown.
Expected to be in attendance for the tree lighting is Patty Delgado Service, the “Guardian Angel” of this annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade, Barbara and Jerry Keller, community grand marshals of the parade, and this year’s Palm Springs ATHENA honorees, Helene Galen, entertainer Carol Channing and Mariah Hanson.
“The city of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting has become a much loved tradition and kick off to our spectacular Festival of Lights Parade,” said MayorSteve Pougnet in a prepared statement.
The Annual Palm Springs Festival of Lights Parade starts at 5:45 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 7. along Palm Canyon Drive.