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28th 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 27, 2020 with our 28th 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 28th year, Festival of Lights is an annual gift to the community from property owners Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners and Keepers of the Inn.

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 over 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

Highlights of Festival of Lights include 400 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 27, 2020
  • best public Holiday lights display
  • USA TODAY 10 Best Reader's Choice Awards 2014 & 2018
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28th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

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What's New

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Holiday Family Traditions

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Holiday Dining Hours

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Enhanced Holiday Services

Getting to the Festival

Driving Directions

If you plan to arrive on November 27th 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

Maps & Parking Information

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