Special Events


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.



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