PALM DESERT – If you’re looking for a mildly wild way to ring in 2019, The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is hosting a 1950’s vintage sock hop.

The sock hop is set for Monday, Dec. 31, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

The sock hop celebration includes themed food stations, full cash bar, followed by live entertainment and dancing, plus animal encounters. Guests will experience all of the fun and excitement of New Year’s Eve earlier, as The Living Desert will offer a complementary champagne toast when the ball drops on the East Coast at 9 p.m.

Ring in 2019 with Living Desert's Sock Hop

The Living Desert Mildly Wild New Yeaar’s Eve. (Photo by Jennifer Yount Photography)

“This event has become an annual tradition and is a wonderful way to celebrate the New Year, while benefiting our educational and conservation programs,” Dawn Petrick, director of Park Services and Guest Relations, said in a prepared statement. “We invite everyone to dress the part and join us at the sock hop this New Year’s Eve.”

Guests are encouraged to dress in ‘50s sock hop attire. The event is open to those 18 years and older and is an indoor/outdoor event.

Tickets for the Mildly Wild New Year’s Eve Party are $125 per person and can be purchased online at: For more information about the sock hop, call (760) 346-5694, ext. 2111. Tickets include: champagne toast (21+), one drink ticket, dinner, animal encounters and live entertainment.

The Living Desert Zoo and Gardens is a nonprofit, accredited member of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, ensuring the highest standards of all aspects of animal care, education, conservation, public service, and operations. The Zoo is active in conservation research, habitat protection, breeding programs and education initiatives around the world, as well as in its own community.

The Zoo, home to the annual WildLights, has been a top attraction in the Palm Springs area for nearly 50 years. The Living Desert is located at 47900 Portola Ave, Palm Desert, CA 92260. For more information: (760) 346-5694 or visit