By Craig Michaels

How would you like to kick off the holiday season 8,516 feet in the air? At the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway Mountain Station, there’s no shortage of fresh pine trees and twinkling lights to get you in a festive mood. This year, HGTV’s “Desert Flippers” hosts, Eric and Lindsey Bennett, will serve as the celebrity tree lighters for the Palm Springs Aerial Tramway’s Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony.

Festivities begin at 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 2 at the Tram’s Mountain Station with a holiday performance by the Palm Springs High School Madrigals & String Quartet. Then the Bennett’s light the Tram’s landmark 45-foot tree comprised of 4,000 LED lights, which can be seen throughout the Coachella Valley.

Since the 2016 premier of “Desert Flippers,” these Wisconsin transplants have been transforming Palm Springs one ‘unloved’ house at a time and showing the rest of the country the desert’s beautiful scenery and weather.


The Bennett’s are currently shooting Season 3 of their show and have also been seen on “Brother vs. Brother,” “The Today Show,” “Access,” “Entertainment Tonight,” and “E! News.” As well, they have been featured in HGTV Magazine,, Palm Springs Life, The Desert Sun and Agent Magazine.

Also kicking off this weekend on Friday November 30, a decades-long tradition resumes when the holiday choir season commences. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through December 14, a different middle or high school choir performs holiday favorites at the Tramway’s Mountain Station. Show times are 5:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and are complimentary with regular Tram admission.

For more information on either evnt, please call 888.515.TRAM or 760.325.1391, or visit Also, download the free mobile tour now available in the App Store/Google Play.