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What you need to know about this year’s “Miracle on El Paseo”


PALM DESERT, Calif - The famous El Paseo shopping district will turn into a winter wonderland for the 12th annual "A Miracle on El Paseo," on Saturday, November 23rd, 2019 from 5 to 9 p.m. The festive evening is hosted by The Shops on El Paseo, the Coachella Valley's premier luxury shopping and dining destination, and benefits BIGHORN Behind A Miracle (BAM).

Guests are invited to kick off the holiday season with street dancers, carolers and other live entertainment, a five-story Ferris wheel, a designer fashion show, family-fun activities including Santa's Village and ornament making, an interactive snow globe perfect for photo ops, and over 20 of the Valley's top restaurants and vendors offering tastings, all included in one ticket price. 

The Shops on El Paseo owner Fred Fern, Palm Desert Mayor Susan Marie Weber, BIGHORN BAM founder Selby Dunham, and BAM chair Debbie Aarthun and co-chair Cathy Johnson will do the honors of officially lighting the 60-foot El Paseo Christmas tree. KESQ's Haley Clawson will serve as the tree lighting announcer.

This year, Santa will make a grand entrance on a City of Palm Desert fire truck accompanied by the Bear Brass Band, Palm Desert's Xavier College Prep cheer and dance teams, live marching toy soldiers, the "Gift Wrap Girls," Rockette-style dancers, and more. Musical entertainment on the Hot Purple Energy concert stage will feature Stevie Nicks Illusion, a Stevie Nicks and Fleetwood Mac tribute band. Wrapping up the evening are Palm Springs Modernism Week fan favorites, The Dreamboats, a Canadian quartet playing good ol' rock 'n' roll with a sound that is equal parts Chuck Berry and The Wonders.

2019 sponsors and partners include the City of Palm Desert, IndiGO Auto Group, Hot Purple Energy, KESQ and Rapport International Furniture.

For a limited time only, the following BAM retail partners located at The Shops on El Paseo will be donating 10% of each sale to BIGHORN BAM when BAM is mentioned during the sales transaction.

  • November 11 – 24: Escada, Grayse, Oliver Peoples, Ralph Lauren, and Summer Colony Living
  • November 20 – 23: Leggiadro
  • November 23: Riga's

Tickets purchased in advance are $50 for adults 21 and older, $15 for youth ages 6-20, and ages 5 and under are free. At the door, tickets are $60 for adults 21 and older and $20 for ages 6-20. One hundred percent of ticket sales goes to helping cancer patients and their families. To purchase tickets for A Miracle on El Paseo, or to learn more about how you can support local cancer patients through BIGHORN BAM, visit or call (760) 610-8218.

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