Special Events


Oct. 1

Annual Snow Guessing Contest

Nov. 27-30

Thanksgiving Weekend

Dec. 7

Tree Lighting Ceremony with Jack Jones


Double Grammy Winner Pulls Switch December 7

Recording star Jack Jones serves as this year’s celebrity tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 7 at the Tram’s Mountain Station kicking off with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers. Then, double Grammy winner Jones lights the Tram’s landmark 45 foot tree comprised of 6,500 LED lights, which can be seen from throughout the Coachella Valley.

Jack Jones—the son of singer/movie star Allan Jones—made his professional debut at age 19 as part of his father’s Las Vegas act. Within a few short years, his own career was flourishing including earning two “Best Pop Male Vocal Performance” Grammy Awards for his hit singles “Lollipops and Roses” and “Wives and Lovers.” He continues touring the world as a performer the New York Times once raved as, “…arguably the most technically accomplished male pop singer…”

On other selected dates in December, choirs perform at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. at the Mountain Station:

  • Friday, December 5 – Jurupa Valley High School Choir
  • Saturday December 6 – Rubidoux High School Choir
  • Sunday, December 14 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers & Show Choir
  • Friday, December 19 – Cathedral City High School Choir
  • Saturday, December 20 – Raincross Chorale

Finally, Santa visits the Mountain Station on Saturday, December 20 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Bring the kids for photo opportunities and free candy canes.


The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway will operate a special schedule during the Thanksgiving Holiday Weekend, Thursday, November 27 through Sunday, November 30. The first tram up each day will be at 8:00 a.m., the last tram up will be at 8:00 p.m. and the last tram down will be at 9:45 p.m.

In addition, on Thanksgiving Day, November 27, Ride ’n’ Dine tickets—which include Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café (a cafeteria-style restaurant)— will be available for purchase beginning at 8:00 a.m. (rather than the usual 4:00 p.m.) Dinner service begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. Combination tickets are $36 for adults and $23.50 children (ages 3-12). The holiday menu includes a mixed greens salad with a choice of dressings; a choice of carved turkey, garlic-and-herb-crusted roast sirloin or vegetable lasagna; citrus cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, cornbread dressing, and candied carrots or Green Bean Almondine; and carrot cake or pumpkin pie. Dinner roll along with a small fountain beverage, coffee or tea are included.

Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:30 a.m. on Thanksgiving Day. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table.


Postcard Entries Accepted Beginning October 1

Download Contest Rules

California may be in the midst of an historic drought, but there’s never been a year when someone didn’t win the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Snow Guessing Contest. This annual event begins October 1 and will continue until the first measurable inch of snow falls at the Tram’s Mountain Station, elevation 8,516.

The first ten entries received with the correct date of snowfall will win four Tram admissions plus a special Tram picture frame. In the event there are more than ten correct entries, the earliest postmarks will prevail.

To submit an entry, simply write down your best-guess date on a postcard and mail it to: Snow Guessing Contest, 1 Tram Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262. Please remember that only postcards will be accepted (no emailed entries) and no postmarks before October 1. Participants may enter as many times as they would like, but only one date per postcard. For more information, please log on to pstramway.com

Summer may still linger, but it won’t be long before snowflakes are falling just a few minutes from the desert floor, with kids building snowmen, hikers trading boots for cross-country skis, and residents and visitors alike enjoying an Alpine winter wonderland.


About Palm Springs Aerial Tramway

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is the world’s largest rotating tram car. Opened in 1963, the Tram’s 80-passenger cars travel along the breathtaking cliffs of Chino Canyon from the Valley Station (elevation 2,643 ft.) to the Mountain Station (elevation 8,516 ft.) in approximately 10 minutes. For more information, please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391



For further information, please call Public Relations at
(760) 325-1449 or e-mail pstramway@pstramway.com.


The first Tram up is at 8am on the following holidays:

Martin Luther King Jr.’s Day Weekend

President’s Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend

Independence Day

Labor Day Weekend

Thanksgiving Day Weekend

Christmas Week

New Year's Day