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26th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

Hotel Entrance - Festival of Lights

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa - Southern California’s historic AAA-Four Diamond hotel will kick off the holiday season on November 23, 2018 with our 26th Annual Festival of Lights celebration a free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation's largest holiday light collections of its kind. Now in its 26th year, Festival of Lights is an annual gift to the community from property owners Duane and Kelly Roberts, who saved the historic hotel from destruction in 1992.

The beloved Southern California tradition recently named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today creates a magical, Disneyland-like experience in the heart of Riverside and attracts more than 500,000 visitors from all over the world each year, commencing with the famous “Switch-On” Ceremony, a spectacular event in which the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

Highlights of Festival of Lights include 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes, among other festive offerings. 

  • Starts Friday @ 4:30 pm
  • November 23rd, 2018
  • America's best public lights display
  • USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice contest 2014
Festival of Lights Room Packages

26th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

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What's New

Coming Soon!

Holiday Family Traditions

Breakfast With Santa*
Join us for an elegant breakfast buffet with Santa and his friends from Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker for a special performance.

Sunday Champagne Brunch With Santa*

Every Sunday, November 25th - December 23rd
9:30am - 2:00pm

Holiday Champagne Brunch
(Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve & Christmas Day)*
Thursday, November 22nd, Monday, December 24th & Tuesday, December 25th
9:00am - 2:30pm

Holiday Dinner Buffet
Every Evening, November 23rd - January 6th
4:00pm - 10:00pm

For Reservations Please Call 800.843.7755

*Prepayment required at the time of reservation. Cancellations received less than 72 hours prior to reservation date will be subject to forfeiture of payment.

Holiday Dining Hours

Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant
Dinner served Mon – Sat from 4:00pm – 10:00pm, 
Sun from 5:00pm – 10:00pm

Mission Inn Restaurant
Breakfast served Mon – Sat: 6:30am – 11:00am, 
Brunch served Sun: 9:30am – 2:00pm
Lunch served Mon – Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dinner served Mon – Sat: 4:00pm – 10:00pm, 
Sun: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
High Tea served Mon – Thu at 2:00pm

Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Cantina
Breakfast served Sun: 6:30am – 11:00am
Lunch served Mon – Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dinner served nightly: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro
Lunch served daily: 11:00am – 4:00pm  
Dinner served nightly: 4:00pm – 10:00pm

54 At Duane’s
Open Mon – Sat: 4:00pm – 11:00pm, 
Sun: 5:00pm – 11:00pm
Live music entertainment.

Presidential Lounge
Open Mon - Sat: 11:00am – 1:45am (last call 1:15am), 
Sun: 9:30am – Midnight.
Live music nightly.

Mission Inn Wine Tasting Room
Open Sun – Thu: 12:00pm – 8:00pm, 
Fri & Sat: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Enhanced Holiday Services

Santa Letter Drop Box
Send your child’s Santa Letter express mail.  Just drop it in the drop box next to the Concierge desk and we’ll take care of the rest.

Santa’s Elves Tuck-In*
Surprise your child with a personal visit from Santa’s Elves.  A jolly elf will deliver a small, present-filled stocking to our young guests.  Santa’s Elves can tuck your little one into bed with a bedtime story and wish them sweet dreams.  Includes a keepsake book of “How to Catch an Elf” and a delicious Casey’s Cupcake.
Available TBD

Casey’s Holiday Cupcake Turndown*
Includes two Casey’s Cupcakes and two hot cocoas with whipped cream. 

Getting to the Festival

Driving Directions

ORANGE COUNTY / BEACH CITIES
10 East or 210 East to 15 South (San Diego) to 60 East (Riverside)
Exit Downtown/Market Street
Merge Right onto Market Street
Make Left onto 3rd Street
Make Right onto Orange Street, VALET at 6th Street 

ORANGE COUNTY / BEACH CITIES
91 East to Riverside
Exit University Avenue continue straight to Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Left on Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Right onto Lime Street
Make Left onto 6th Street
Enter VALET at 6th Street and Orange Street

SAN BERNARDINO/VICTORVILLE AREA
215 South (becomes 91-Beach Cities)
Exit Right on Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Right onto Lime Street
Make Left onto 6th Street
Enter VALET at 6th Street and Orange Street

SAN DIEGO/ TEMECULA
15 North to 91 East (Riverside)
Exit University Avenue continue straight to
Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Left on Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Right onto Lime Street
Make Left onto 6th Street
Enter VALET at 6th Street and Orange Street 

LAX AIRPORT
105 East to 605 North to 60 East (Riverside)
Exit Downtown/Market Street
Merge Right onto Market Street
Make Left onto 3rd Street
Enter VALET at 6th Street and Orange Street

PALM SPRINGS
10 West to 60 West to 91 West (Riverside/Beach Cities)
Exit Right on Mission Inn Avenue
Turn Right onto Lime Street
Make Left onto 6th Street
Enter VALET at 6th Street and Orange Street

Public Transportation

Metrolink Image


Avoid holiday traffic by taking the Metrolink special train service to the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa's Festival of Lights on Fridays and Saturdays from Los Angeles and Perris - South to Riverside/Downtown.

Dates: Coming Soon

Purchase Tickets: www.metrolinktrains.com/FOL

Maps & Parking Information

Coming soon!