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Living Desert's 'WildLights' Returns to Palm Desert

The Living Desert urges residents to come out to the event, which will feature new light displays, international food and beverage offerings, camel and carousel rides, among other things.

The Living Desert will kick off its 20th annual holiday WildLights festival Wednesday.

Philanthropists Ron and Sherrie Auen of the H.N. and Frances C. Berger Foundation will "flip the ceremonial switch" at 5:30 p.m., Living Desert spokeswoman Lisa Herman said.

The festival, themed "Holidays Around the World," showcases holiday traditions and food from different countries and features more than 750,000 lights and camel rides, Herman said.

Tickets for adults are $10, with no admission fee for children under 2. Tickets are $8 for all other children and members of the military who show ID.

WildLights will operate from 6 to 9 p.m. through Dec. 31.

Here are the specific dates: 

  • November 21- 24
  • November 30
  • December 1
  • December 7-8
  • December 14-15
  • December 20-23
  • December 26-31
Alexis Smith November 24, 2012 at 04:40 AM
The event is 1/2 the size it was last year. No hay rides, no hay bales for the kids, no roasting marshmallows, no bonfires, far fewer lights. The only food is snacks and drinks by the discovery center and in the small clearing near the front where the band plays. I have no idea what was served because with the parking lot 1/2 full there was a line to get IN to the food area. No seats available and with no bonfires, no picnic tables outside the area anymore. Several people were overheard commenting on the changes. Disappointing. The carousel is lovely.
denise lita December 15, 2012 at 04:52 PM
I have been to the Wild Lights the last 3 years. We were all very disapointed with the changes this year. No tunnel of lights to walk through and less lights in the trees near the big horn sheep. Last year we saw a cute magic show too. Hopefully next year they can bring back these thing.

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