The Shops on El Paseo became a winter wonderland for an evening, opening the holiday season on Nov. 21 with spirited music, mouth-watering eats, celebrity spotting and the lighting of a 60-foot Christmas tree to celebrate Bighorn "Behind a Miracle."
More than 2,000 people took to the world famous shopping district to sample food from 14 Coachella Valley restaurants, while listening to the harmonic sounds of "Night Shift" of Citrus College, and later the rockin’ musicology of DJ Angelique Bianca.
Former Olympic and World Champion figure skater Dorothy Hamill, who was named the event’s honorary chairperson, helped illuminate the compassionate work of Bighorn BAM, which provides critical funding from diagnosis to education on those affected by all cancers. A percentage of the sales on Nov. 21 and through the following week were donated to support Bighorn BAM.
Hamill, a breast cancer survivor, joined her friend, Selby Dunham, Bighorn BAM founder and also a breast cancer survivor, in throwing the switch to light up the towering Christmas tree perched above the street.
Santa and his helpers were on hand to spread holiday cheer with a photo memory, while added merriment could be found on the 5-story Ferris Wheel, carnival games, and winning a pair of tickets to next month's Palm Springs International Film Festival.
Photography by Gregg Felsen