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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.

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

27th Annual Festival of Lights

An Unforgettable Holiday Experience

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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

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.

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

Maps & Parking Information

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