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26th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

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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
Castle Countdown Celebration from$ 849
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Sleigh Bells Ring from$ 279
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Holiday History from$ 299
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Casey's Christmas Cheer from$ 849
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The Winter Wonderland from$ 969
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New Year's Resolution from$ 969
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Sugar Plum Fairy Suite from$ 1419
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Ring INN The New Year from$ 1049
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26th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

Castle Countdown Celebration

The Castle Countdown Celebration package includes:
(Available Dec 30, 31 & January 1 only | 2 night minimum)

  • Deluxe accommodations for two nights 
  • $100 dining credit towards any of our award-winning restaurants
  • Two tickets to the New Year’s Party (21 years of age or older)

*All packages are prepaid, non-refundable and inclusive of taxes. All information is subject to change and subject to availability. Packages are based on double occupancy and additional occupant fees will apply. Dining credits and other package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. Substitutions will not be honored for package inclusions. Package expires on January 1, 2019.

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

Sleigh Bells Ring

Sleigh Bells Ring Package includes:

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

* The Sleigh Bells Ring 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, 2019. 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 $ 279
Holiday History

Holiday History Package includes:

  • Overnight accommodations
  • Docent-led tour for 2 via The Mission Inn Foundation at 9:30am 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 6,2019. 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: 11/25/2018 - 1/6/2019

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
  • Casey's Cupcakes Doll

* 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 6,2019. 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: 11/22/2018 - 1/6/2019

starting at $ 849
The Winter Wonderland

The Winter Wonderland Package includes:

  • Overnight Deluxe accommodations for two nights
  • $200 Kelly's Spa credit
  • Kelly's Spa candle
  • One Bottle of wine from The Irvine Roberts Family Vineyards Collection

*  The Winter Wonderland package requires a two night minimum stay. Package is available Thurs- Sun only. All information subject to change and subject to availability. All packages are based on double occupancy. Package expires on January 6,2019. 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: 11/25/2018 - 1/6/2019

starting at $ 969
New Year's Resolution

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

  • Overnight Deluxe accommodations for two nights
  • 2-Course Dinner for two in Duane's (First seating 4pm - 6:30pm)
  • Two tickets to the New Year's Eve Party
  • Roberts Reserve 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 1,2019. Package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Available: 12/30/2018 - 1/1/2019

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

Sugar Plum Fairy Suite

The Sugar Plum Fairy Suite Package includes:

  • Overnight Deluxe accommodations for two nights
  • 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.
  • Casey's Cupcakes Doll

*  The Sugar Plum Fairy 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 6,2019. 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
  • 3-Course Dinner for two in Duane's (Second seating 7:30pm - 9:30pm)
  • Two tickets to the New Year's Eve Party
  • Roberts Reserve 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 1,2019. Package inclusions are not redeemable for currency. No substitutions. All packages are charged in full at time of booking and are non-refundable.

Available: 12/30/2018 - 1/1/2019

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!

A new addition this year is the North Pole walkway that 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, new 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, Sugar Plum Fairy 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 23rd and the festival will continue through January 6th.

Holiday Family Traditions

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.
Saturday, December 1st and 15th
8:00am and 10:30am
Adults: $39.95** | Children: $19.95** (3-11 yrs. old)
**Price inclusive of tax & gratuity.

Sunday Champagne Brunch With Santa
Every Sunday, November 25th - December 23rd
9:30am - 2:00pm
Adults: $47.50 | Children: $24.50 (5-11 yrs. old)
Plus tax & gratuity

Holiday Champagne Brunch*
(Thanksgiving & Christmas Day)
Thursday, November 22nd & Tuesday, December 25th
9:00am - 2:30pm
Adults: $69.50** | Children: $28.95** 
**Price inclusive of tax & gratuity.

Mission Inn Restaurant Holiday Dinner Buffet
Every Evening, November 22nd - January 6th, 2019
4:00pm - 10:00pm
Adults: $42.95 | Children: $19.95 (5-11 yrs. old)
Plus tax & gratuity

Las Campanas Dinner Buffet
Every Thursday - Sunday, November 22nd** - January 6th
5:00pm - 9:00pm
Adults: $34.95 | Children: $16.95 (5-11 yrs. old) 
**Special Hours Nov 22nd | 6:00pm - 9:00pm

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 & 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 Pouring daily: 2:00pm – 10:00pm

Bella Trattoria Italian Bistro
Coffee & Pastries daily: 6:30am - 10:30am
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.

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.

Available November 26th through December 26th
$50 Per Child | Elf Hours: 7:00pm - 10:00pm

Casey’s Holiday Cupcake Turndown*
$30.00 Each
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

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.

Dates: Coming Soon

Purchase Tickets: www.metrolinktrains.com/FOL

Maps & Parking Information

Coming soon!