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It’s the most wonderful time of the year, happening right here! Follow this guide for some Hi-Desert holiday fun.

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Posted: Tuesday, November 29, 2011 3:42 pm | Updated: 12:48 pm, Thu Mar 15, 2012.

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Season of Light exhibit: Celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Bodhi Day with festive installations at the Hi-Desert Nature Museum.

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.-Sat. through Dec. 22

Place: Yucca Valley Community Center complex, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway

Info: (760) 369-7212.

Christmas Light Show: A Twentynine Palms Chamber of Commerce show at Tony Naraval’s Sunnyvale Garden Suites Hotel is free, but donations are welcome for the Armed Services YMCA.

Time: 5 p.m.-10 p.m. daily

Place: 73843 Sunnyvale Drive, Twentynine Palms

Info: (760) 361-3939

Dec. 3

Holiday Craft Faire: Over 50 vendors of handcrafted gift items. Free admission.

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: Yucca Valley Community Center, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway

Info: (760) 369-7207

29 Palms Art Gallery Arts and Crafts Fair: Check out the Gallery’s Pickering Room for small gifts at small prices.

Time: 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Place: 74055 Cottonwood Drive

Info: (760) 367-7819.

Handmade Holiday Gift Market: Who needs Black Friday? Clothing, jewelry, accessories, home decor and more by local artists.

Time: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Place: Red Arrow Gallery, 61597 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree.

Info: (760) 366-3700 or info@theredarrowgallery.com

Christmas Cheer for Kids: Annual bake sale and free kids’ crafts at the Morongo Valley Social Club. Be a dear and bring an unwrapped toy donation.

Time: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Place: 49840 Twentynine Palms Highway, Morongo Valley

Info: (760) 363-6454

Santa Claus and tree lighting: Join the Merry Olde Elf as he tours Jacobs, Machris and Paradise parks, then rendezvous with Santa in his fire truck at Yucca Valley’s Town Hall for caroling, cocoa, cookies and tree lighting.

Time and place: 4 p.m. at Jacobs Park, 55680 Onaga Trail; 4:30 p.m. at Machris Park, 59100 Santa Barbara Drive; 5 p.m. at Paradise Park, 58938 Barron Drive; 5:30 p.m. at Town Hall, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley.

Info: (760) 369-7207

Dec. 4

Holiday Artists Reception: An elegant afternoon of fun, food, wine, music, and silent auctions to benefit the Sky’s The Limit observatory’s second phase of development. Tickets are $15 or $25 for two. Festive attire is suggested.

Time: noon-3 p.m.

Place: 73452 Sunnyslope Drive, Twentynine Palms

Info: (760) 490-9561

Dec. 5

Adult craft program: Enjoy a cuppa with family and friends while hand-making holiday gifts.

Time: 1-4 p.m.

Place: Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley

Info: (760) 369-7212

Sing-along and cookie exchange: Croon some carols and trade your marzipan for rum balls.

Time: 5 p.m.

Place: Yucca Valley library, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway

Info: (760) 228-5455

Santa Snaps: There’s no charge to whisper a wish in Santa’s ear, but a professional photographer will be offering photo packages starting at $5.

Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Place: Joshua Tree Community Center, 6171 Sunburst Avenue

Info: (760) 366-8415

Dec. 10

Twentynine Palms Light Parade: Floats of all kinds take to the street, with downtown shopping, dining and entertainment afterward.

Time: Starts at 5:30 p.m.

Place: Utah Trail near Luckie Park

Info: (760) 367-3445.

Dec. 10 & 11

Holiday concert: “Sounds of the Season” is a merry musical program sung by the Hi-Desert Chorus. Free admission, but donations to the Chorus are welcome.

Time: 2:30 p.m.

Place: Yucca Valley Senior Center, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway

Dec. 15

“History of the Christmas Tree”: Noon Winter Lecture series speaker Stefanie Ritter looks at this tradition from 8th century Germany. Brown bag it or snack on cookies and tea. Free admission.

Time: Noon

Place: Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley

Info: (760) 369-7212

Dec. 17

Relay For Life Holiday Craft Bazaar: Crafts, baked goods and jewelry, with all proceeds to benefit Relay For Life through Team Hi-Desert Medical Center.

Time: 8 a.m.-3 p.m.

Place: Helen Gray Education Center, 6601 White Feather Road, Joshua Tree

Info: (760) 366-6324

Kids crafts: Make holiday-themed crafts to give as gifts. Program is free and materials are provided, but pre-registration is required.

Time: 11 a.m.-noon

Place: Hi-Desert Nature Museum, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway, Yucca Valley

Info: (760) 369-7212

Yucca Valley Festival of Lights Parade: Dress warmly to enjoy the parade, then adjourn to the after-party featuring Santa at the Elks Lodge on 55946 Yucca Trail.

Time: 5:30 p.m.

Place: Parade route is on Twentynine Palms Highway from Geronimo Trail to Acoma Trail

Info: (760) 365-0044

Homestead Valley Christmas Party: Featuring Singing Supervisor Neil “Ring-A-Ding” Derry singing the Sinatra standards. Tickets are $5 and include a swell buffet. Bring an unwrapped toy for a child in neeed and get two drinks at the bar. Toys will be donated to Tender Loving Cause.

Time: 6 p.m.

Place: Belfield Hall, 58390 Reche Road, Landers

Info: homesteadvalleycc@gmail.com

Dec. 25

Tender Loving Christmas: A day of feasting and friendship, gifts and good cheer, music, entertainment — plus Santa Claus — and everything is free.

Time: noon-5 p.m.

Place: Yucca Valley Community Center, Dumosa Avenue north of Twentynine Palms Highway

Info: (760) 333-2413.

Dec. 31

Masquerade ball: Come in mask, full costume or come as you are. The Joshua Tree Chamber of Commerce promises a night of mystique and memories with the Zircon Wish Circus and Solid Ray Woods’ blues, rock and dance music. Tickets are $65 and include catered dinner. A variety of libations served at the cash bar.

Time: From 8 p.m.

Place: Copper Mountain College’s Bell Center, 6162 Rotary Way, Joshua Tree

Info: (760) 366-3723

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