An estimated 500 residents and visitors are expected to help welcome the holiday season on Thursday, Nov. 30 in Frances Stevens Park at the official city of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting, according to a news release.

Eric and Lindsey Bennett, the stars of HGTV’s “Desert Flippers,” will be on hand to light the tree along with Santa Claus and the Palm Springs City Council.

The festivities kick off at 4:30 p.m. prior to VillageFest and will feature free cookies and hot cocoa. There will be traditional caroling from the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers and Symphonic Orchestra. Children’s craft activities will be available followed by a visit from Santa Claus.

The 22-foot “green” holiday tree, decorated in thousands of energy efficient lights, will be lit at 5:15 p.m.

“The City of Palm Springs Holiday Tree Lighting has become a much loved tradition and kick off to our signature holiday event, the Festival of Lights Parade,” Mary Jo Ginther, director of the Palm Springs Bureau of Tourism, said in a news release. “Bring the whole family and come celebrate the holidays Palm Springs style. You won’t want to miss the fun.”