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27th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa - Southern California’s historic AAA-Four Diamond hotel will kick off the holiday season on November 29, 2019 with our 27th Annual Festival of Lights celebration a free, five-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation's largest holiday light collections of its kind. Now in its 27th 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 Holiday 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 and Kelly & Duane Roberts invite you to...a Tribute to the Rockettes Special Christmas Performance.

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 29th
  • best public Holiday lights display
  • USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards 2014 & 2018
Festival of Lights Room Packages
Eat, Drink, & Be Merry From$ 289
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Holiday History From$ 299
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Casey's Christmas Cheer From$ 859
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Mistletoe Magic From$ 449
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New Year's Celebrations From$ 859
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Kensington Kelly Winter Wonderland Suite From$ 1429
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Ring INN The New Year From$ 959
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27th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry

Eat, Drink, & Be Merry Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations 
  • $25 food and beverage credit to enjoy in any of our award winning restaurants
  • Casey’s Cupcakes for two

* The Eat, Drink, & Be Merry package is available Sunday- Thursday only. All information subject to change. All packages are based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Package expires on January 6, 2020. Dining credits are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions will be honored for package inclusions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

starting at $ 289
Holiday History

Holiday History Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Docent-led tour for 2 via The Mission Inn Foundation at 9:45am on your departure date.
  • $25 Dining credit

* The Holiday History package is available Sunday-Thursday only. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 6,2020. Dining credits and other package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable. 

Available: 12/1/2019 - 1/6/2020

starting at $ 299
Casey's Christmas Cheer

The Casey's Christmas Cheer Package Includes: 

  • Overnight accommodations for two nights
  • $100 dining credit towards any of our award-winning restaurants
  • Six pack of Casey's Cupcakes

* The Casey's Christmas Cheer package requires a 2 night minimum stay. This package is available Thursday - Sunday only. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 6,2020. Dining credits and other package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.  

Available: 11/29/2019 - 1/5/2020

starting at $ 859
Mistletoe Magic

The Mistletoe Magic Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • $100 Kelly's Spa gift card
  • Kelly's Spa Signature Holiday Candle
  • Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Bottle of Wine

* The Mistletoe Magic package is available Monday-Wednesday only. All information subject to change. All packages are based on double occupancy and subject to availability. Package expires on January 6, 2020 unless otherwise noted. Gift cards and dining credits are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions will be honored for package inclusions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Available: 12/2/2019 - 1/6/2020

starting at $ 449
New Year's Celebrations

The New Year's Resolution Package includes:
(Available Dec 30, 31 & January 1 only | 2 night minimum)

  • Overnight Deluxe accommodations for two nights
  • $100 Dining credit at any of our award-winning restaurants
  • Two tickets to the New Year's Eve Party
  • Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Welcome Amenity

*  The New Year's Resolution package requires a two night minimum stay. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 1,2020. Package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Available: 12/30/2019 - 1/1/2020

To Book This Package Please Call (800) 843-7755.

Kensington Kelly Winter Wonderland Suite

The Kensington Kelly Winter Wonderland Suite Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations for two nights in the Kensington Kelly Suite
  • Casey's Cupcakes turndown service amenity for 4 with choice of hot chocolate or milk
  • $200 Dining credit towards any of our award winning restaurants.
  • Kensington Kelly Suite gift bag

*  The Kensington Kelly Suite package requires a two night minimum stay. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 6,2020. Package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

To Book This Package Please Call (800) 843-7755.

Ring INN The New Year

The Ring Inn the New Year Package includes:
(Available Dec 30, 31 & January 1 only | 2 night minimum)

  • Overnight Deluxe accommodations for two nights
  • Dinner for two in Duane's Prime Steaks and Seafood restaurant
  • Two tickets to the New Year's Eve Party
  • Irvine & Roberts Vineyards Welcome Amenity

*  The Ring Inn the New Year package requires a two night minimum stay. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 1,2020. Package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Available: 12/30/2019 - 1/1/2020

To Book This Package Please Call (800) 843-7755.

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What's New

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is pleased to announced new enhancements for the Festival of Lights season. The hotel will be illuminated with 5 million dazzling lights, 200 animated characters, a Winter-Wonderland theme and much more!

The North Pole walkway will take you down the main walkway, filled with Santa’s Elves playing in the snow, a snow-covered Campanario with the world’s largest mistletoe, and down the path towards Main Street featuring Santa’s Workshop with brightly colored canopy lights, Elves filling Santa’s sled full of Toys, life-size Gingerbread House, window displays and more!

The hotel’s elaborately decorated Christmas tree will be featured outside of the hotel along the North Pole walkway; Breakfast with Santa, featuring a performance by the Inland Pacific Ballet, and Kelly’s Boutique offering branded shirts, hats, ornaments, lighted toys, gift cards and more so you can find the perfect holiday gift.

Winter Wonderland

Image of hot chocolate and a candy cane

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Annual Festival of Lights features a fun Winter Wonderland theme that is carried throughout the exterior of the hotel and includes the new North Pole walkway, the Kensington Kelly suite, Kelly’s Spa treatments, holiday cocktails and delectable specials featured in our award-winning restaurants, winter-themed Casey’s Cupcakes.

This year’s Switch-On Ceremony will take place Friday, November 29th and the festival will continue through January 6th.

Holiday Family Traditions

Santa Claus

Dinner With Santa*
Join us for an elegant Prime Rib dinner buffet with Santa for a new delightful tradition for both children and parents.  You will enjoy the spirit of the holiday season at The Mission Inn with this special family friendly dinner in the Grand Parisian Ballroom.  

Friday, November 29th & Saturday, November 30th
6:30pm 

Breakfast With Santa*
Join us for a whimsical breakfast buffet with Santa and a special performance by his friends from Inland Pacific Ballet’s The Nutcracker in the Grand Parisian Ballroom.

Saturday, December 14th & Saturday, December 21st
Two seating times:  8:00am | 10:30am

Sunday Champagne Brunch 
Every Sunday, December 1st - 29th
9:30am - 2:00pm

Holiday Champagne Brunch*
(Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)
Thursday, November 28th & Wednesday, December 25th
9:00am - 2:30pm

Mission Inn Restaurant Holiday Dinner Buffet
Every Evening, November 28th - January 6th, 2019
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 | Sunday 6:30am - 8:30am
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 – Wed at 2:00pm

Las Campanas Mexican Cuisine & Tequila Bar
Breakfast served Sun: 6:30am – 11:00am
Lunch served Mon – Sat: 11:00am – 4:00pm
Dinner served nightly: 4:00pm – 10:00pm
Tequila Bar daily: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

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

The Sushi Bar / California Lounge
Open Mon – Sat: 4:00pm – 11:00pm, 
Sun: 5:00pm – 10:00pm
Live music entertainment.

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

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 "Twas the Night Before Christmas" and a delicious Casey’s Cupcake.

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

*24-hour advance reservations required by calling the Hotel Concierge at (951) 341-6701.

Getting to the Festival

Driving Directions

If you plan to arrive on November 29th for our Switch-on ceremony please click on the link below for special directions.    
Switch-On Ceremony 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

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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

Metrolink is ready to take you to the Mission Inn Festival of Lights from Perris, Orange County, and Riverside County for just $7 round trip for adults and seniors; up to three children 18 and under ride free per adult. The Festival of Lights Train will run on Fridays and Saturdays from Los Angeles Union Station and Orange County. Saturday service includes rides from Perris. After reaching the Riverside-Downtown Station, passengers can ride a free Riverside Transit Agency shuttle or walk .8 miles to the heart of the festival. For more information and schedules visit, www.metrolinktrains.com/fol

Maps & Parking Information

Switch-On Ceremony Parking Map And Directions | November 29th Only