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Palm Springs Aerial Tramway to Light Tree This Sunday

The annual tree lighting ceremony will take place atop the tramway station, on Sunday, Dec. 2, officials announced.

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will once again brighten up the Coachella Valley sky when they flip the switch this weekend on their giant Christmas tree.

This year's celebrity tree lighter is singer and actor James Darren of Gidget and T.J. Hooker fame (along with his extensive resume).

"The festivities begin at the Mountain Station at 5:30pm with the Palm Springs High School Choir singing a selection of holiday songs," Tram Spokeswoman Lena Zimmerschied said.

Normal tram hours and prices apply-- first tram up at 8 a.m., last tram down at 9:45 p.m.  

Once the tree is lit, carols will be sung by choirs from throughout the Inland Empire at 5pm and 7pm at the Mountain Station on the following dates:

  • December 7 – Twenty-Nine Palms High School

  • December 8 – Jurupa High School

  • December 9 – The Sacred Heart Choir

  • December 14 – Cathedral City High School

  • December 15 – Rubidoux High School

  • December 16 – Martin Luther King High School, Riverside
  • What's more, Santa will visit on Saturday, December 15, from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m.. 

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