By Palm Springs Aerial Tramway 


Santa will visit the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway on Saturday, Dec. 14 from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Free candy canes and photo opportunities for the kids bring another dose of yuletide merriment to all who visit the tramway’s mountain station.  

Then, on Sunday, Dec. 15 is Breakfast with Santa. Starting at 9 a.m., join Santa for crafts, holiday treats and a delicious meal in an alpine setting. Tickets are $40 for adults and seniors, and $26 for children (ages 3-10). Tram fare is included. Advanced tickets are required by calling 760-325-1449.   

On Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2020, Ride ’n’ Dine tickets — which include tram admission and dinner at Pines Café (a cafeteria-style restaurant) — are available for purchase beginning at 8 a.m. (rather than the usual 4 p.m.) Dinner service begins at 11 a.m. and ends at 8 p.m. Combination tickets are $36 for adults and seniors, and $23.50 for children (ages 3-10). 

Peaks Restaurant serves its regular lunch and dinner menus along with a special prix fixe holiday menu beginning at 11 a.m. on Dec. 25 and Jan. 1, 2020. Reservations are recommended and may be made by either calling 760-325-4537 or via Open Table on the tram’s website (

Special schedule

The tramway operates a special schedule from Dec. 21, 2019 through Jan. 5, 2020. The first tram up each day is at 8 a.m. The last tram up is at 8 p.m. and the last tram down is at 9:45 p.m.