CATHEDRAL CITY – For children, the North Pole is a magical place that Santa Claus and his industrious elves call home and where they create unlimited quantities of toys and games to fill Santa’s sack.

The North Pole is the storied home to Rudolph the Red-nosed Reindeer and his teammates, of course, and a place where candy canes are the foundation for street lights.

Now, you and your family can get a firsthand feel for the North Pole Village at the community’s Second Annual Snow Fest.

The festival will be held from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 in Downtown Cathedral City.

The North Pole Village is a lit, Hollywood-style movie set depicting Main Street at the North Pole, but located in front of City Hall.  There will be ample opportunity to snap family photos at the North Pole.

At 6 p.m., the mayor will light Cathedral City Holiday Tree in front of City Hall.

No event would be complete without Santa’s arrival about 6:30 p.m. at City Hall. The jolly, old man will be available to listen to children’s holiday wishes and to pose for photos.

In addition to the North Pole Village, the free event also features an outdoor holiday market, which opens early at 10 a.m. and runs until 9 p.m.; 20,000 Candy Cane Drop for children; holiday music and carolers; holiday food and beverages; and most important, Snow Fest wouldn’t be festive without snow bubbles to put you in the spirit.

North Pole

Snow bubble

Festival attendees will also be able to bid on various Charlie Brown Christmas Trees decorated by local celebrities including Snow Fest’s Emcee KMIR’s Weather Anchor Bryan Gallo. All proceeds will benefit the Cathedral City Boys and Girls Club.

Once you are done visiting the North Pole, a yet-to-be-announced free movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Saturday at the Mary Pickford Theatre.

All the latest information on the festival is available here.