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March 9 The Ladies Who Sang with the Follies – Open 6pm, Show 7pm
April 16 Easter Sunday Service – Open 5am (tentative)
May 27-29 Memorial Day Holiday Hours – Open 8am

“THE LADIES WHO SANG WITH THE FOLLIES” DEBUTS AT TRAM

Show Features Former Cast Members of the Fabulous Palm Springs Follies

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway is proud to present the debut performance of “The Ladies Who Sang with the Follies” on March 9 beginning at 7:00 p.m. on the Pines Café Stage. Headlining the show is 20-season Palm Springs Follies vocalist Judy Bell and two-season Follies vocalist Terri Olsen. The show’s music director is Wayne Abravanel, who was an integral member of the Follies orchestral team for nine seasons.

While not widely known, Tramway General Manager Rob Parkins actually played a pivotal role in the original founding of the Fabulous Follies. “I was Palm Springs’ city manager when then-Mayor Pro Tem Tuck Broich took Follies Co-Founders Riff Markowitz and Mary Jardin to see our vacant Plaza Theatre,” remembers Parkins. “When they explained the type of show they were thinking about, many thought they were crazy. I didn’t and—along with other members of the city council—pushed to grant them the lease. The rest, as they say, is history. What a treat it is to have this reunion occur at the Tramway.”

According to Tramway Vice President of Marketing Nancy Nichols, “Since opening the Pines Café Stage with our recent holiday choir series, we’ve been trying to decide what we should present as our first headline act? We worked so closely with the Follies for over two decades in promoting our wonderful destination that this seemed like the logical choice…and we still hear how much folks miss the Follies.”

General admission show ticket is $39 (including tram fare) and seating is extremely limited. Phone orders only by calling 760-325-1449. Cocktail and appetizer menu will be available. Pre-show dining in Peak’s Restaurant is also available that night beginning at 4:00 p.m. For additional information, please visit www.pstramway.com/folliesladies.

CELEBRATE VALENTINE’S DAY IN AN ALPINE FOREST

Peak’s Restaurant Offers Special Prix Fixe Menu

Peak’s Restaurant—at the top of the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway—will offer a special 3-course prix fixe menu on Valentine’s Day for $59.95. The menu includes choice of appetizer (Ahi Poke or mixed greens), entrée (filet mignon, Salmon en Papillote or potato gnocchi) and white chocolate strawberry Crème Brule for dessert.

The prix fixe menu—in addition to Peak’s regular menu— will be served on February 14 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reservations are recommended. Tax, gratuity and tram admission are not included.

Already have plans for lunch or dinner? Discover another side of romance and spend the day in the snow fields of the Mount San Jacinto State Park or just enjoy the views from the Mountain Station view terraces.

Tram admission is $25.95 for adults and $16.95 for children ages 3-12 years. Special discounts and packages are available after 4:00 p.m. — Twilight Tickets are $22.95 for adults and seniors, and $13.95 for children ages 3-12. Ride ‘n’ Dine tickets are $36 for adults and seniors, and $23.50 for children ages 3-12. This combination ticket includes Tram admission and dinner at Pines Café.

ENCORE APPEARANCE BY SANTA DECEMBER 17 AT TRAMWAY

Special Tram Hours and Dining Throughout Holiday Season

Santa returns to the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Saturday, December 17 from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Free candy canes and photo opportunities for the kids will bring another dose of Yuletide merriment to all who visit the Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The Tramway operates a special schedule from December 17, 2016 through January 1, 2017. 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.

On December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017, 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).

Peaks Restaurant will begin serving their regular menu along with traditional holiday favorites at 11:00 a.m. on December 25, 2016 and January 1, 2017. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table.

Finally, continuing the Tram’s holiday musical program, the following choirs perform at 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on the Pines Café Stage:

•       Friday, December 9 – Encore High School for the Arts Madrigals
•       Saturday, December 10 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers
•       Sunday, December 11 – Raincross Master Chorale
•       Friday, December 16 – The Lions’ Pride Chamber Singers

SANTA LIGHTS PALM SPRINGS AERIAL TRAMWAY’S HOLIDAY TREE ON DECEMBER 4

This year, Santa serves as the official tree lighter for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony. Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 4 at the Tram’s Mountain Station beginning with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigal singers. Then Santa lights the Tramway’s landmark 45-foot tree comprised of 4,000 LED lights, which can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley.

According to Tramway General Manager Rob W. Parkins, “This year, we decided to make our tree lighting ceremony—even more than in past years—a true family event, hence the early appearance by Santa!”

Following the lighting ceremony, Santa will be in Pines Café for photo opportunities with the kids and to distribute candy canes. Then the Palm Springs High School Madrigal Singers return for an encore performance on the Pines Café Stage.

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

•       Friday, December 2 – Jurupa Valley High School Chamber Singers
•       Saturday December 3 – Desert Ridge Middle School Choir
•       Friday, December 9 – Encore High School for the Arts Madrigals
•       Saturday, December 10 – Martin Luther King High School Chamber Singers
•       Sunday, December 11 – Raincross Master Chorale
•       Friday, December 16 – The Lions’ Pride Chamber Singers

Finally, on Saturday, December 17, Santa returns to the Mountain Station from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. for more photo opportunities with the kids and free candy canes.

TRAMWAY’S SNOW GUESSING CONTEST WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Snow Guessing Contest officially ended on Monday, November 21 with one-and-a-half inches of measurable snow at the Tramway’s Mountain Station.

The first ten contestants who submitted the correct date are:

  1. Richard Namey of Desert Hot Springs
  2. Brenda Siddon of Desert Hot Springs
  3. Diane Lakata of Palm Desert
  4. Joyce Mochizuki of Indio
  5. Carey Kirner of San Diego
  6. Michael & Renee Southard of Indio
  7. Nancy Dunn of La Quinta
  8. Andy Green of Redlands
  9. Hoang Nguyen of Menifee
  10. Cleone Knopfle of Palm Springs

The winners will receive four Tram admissions plus a special gift. The contest began October 1 and 863 entries were received, more than double last year’s total.