For the first time, Cathedral City is encouraging residents and visitors alike to bring the entire family for a new and exciting festival that is surely going to become a tradition in the community. It is being heralded as Snow-Fest.

The free festival, title sponsored by the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians and presented by the city of Cathedral City, will be held Saturday, Dec. 9 from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in downtown Cathedral City.

Snow-Fest is packed with all kinds of family fun activities, including the Holiday Light Parade throughout Downtown Cathedral City featuring more than 40 contingents. To see the parade route, click HERE.  Snow-Fest  features an appearance from Santa Claus, a tree-lighting ceremony, holiday food and drinks, holiday arts and craft vendors and merchandise vendors.

Once the Holiday Light Parade kicks off at 5:30 p.m. and concludes about an hour later, attendees can take their holiday photos with the award-winning lighted floats that will be on display after the parade.

In addition, attendees can receive passes to a free 7 p.m. movie, “Polar Express,” at the Mary Pickford Theatre.  Seating is limited.  They can also pick up free passes at the festival’s information booth to ice skate for free at Desert Ice Castle on Tuesday, Dec. 12 from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.  There is a limited supply of 300 passes available.

There will be performances from the Palm Springs Gay Men’s Chorus, the Cathedral City High School Choir, Ballet Folklorico dancers, and the Cathedral City Dance Program.

Cathedral City Hosts 1st Snow-FestOf course, Snow-Fest also offers “snow,” at least the illusion of snow in the desert.  Cathedral City’s Town Square Park, located in front of City Hall and the Mary Pickford Theatre, will be transformed into a Winter Wonderland full of snow white bubbles.

Admission is free and so is parking.  Money raised by the holiday raffle will benefit SafeHouse of the Desert.

Official sponsors include Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, City of Cathedral City, Renova Energy, La Michoacana Ice Cream Parlor, McDonald’s, Project Santa to the Rescue, Mother Earth’s Farmacy, HOTN Cultivation Company, Farmers Insurance Tom Breitfeller Agency, Lost Horse Supply Co., Shottenkirk Desert Lexus, 849 Restaurant, Tidbits of Coachella Valley, Bonta Restaurant and Bar, INKA Screenprinting, Desert Ice Castle, Quick Quack Car Wash, Mary Pickford Theatre, United Rentals, and El Informador del Valle.