Mission Inn Festival Of Lights Begins Friday In Downtown Riverside


This Friday – the day after Thanksgiving – local dignitaries will flip a switch that will illuminate millions of Christmas lights that cover the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, inaugurating the 2016 Riverside Festival of Lights.


November 25th: Noon – 10 p.m


November 25th: Begins at 4:30 p.m.

New Attractions for 2016:
Trackless Train Rides, the Century Wheel, and a colorful Vintage Carousel.

Favorites Returning for 2016:
Magical Moments with Santa Claus, Seasonal Music and Entertainment, and vendors with tasty food.

Holiday Dining at the Mission Inn Restaurant!

Thanksgiving Day Brunch -Thursday Nov 24th
Adults: $65-Children: $29 (Prepaid 72 Hour Cancellation)

Thanksgiving Dinner Buffet -Thursday Nov 24th
Adults: $38-Children: $20

Festival of Lights Opening Night Dinner Buffet-Friday Nov 25th
Adults: $38 Children: $20

Reservations Required: 800.843.7755


The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa – Southern California’s historic AAA-Four Diamond hotel will kick off the holiday season on November 25, 2016 with Festival of Lights a free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind. Now in its 24th 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 250,000 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 nearly 4.5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

Highlights of Festival of Lights include more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus; the world’s largest man-made mistletoe measuring 12’ x 8’; horse-drawn carriage rides; elf tuck-ins; freshly fallen snow; elaborately decorated Christmas trees in the lobby and throughout the hotel; and delectable holiday confections at the famous Casey’s Cupcakes, among other festive offerings.

New this year, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa will be offering a gingerbread theme throughout the hotel.  This includes the “Gingerbread Dreams Suite” room package, gingerbread spa treatment at Kelly’s Spa, three gingerbread villages located in the lobby, gingerbread turn-down service, gingerbread martini & dessert available in all four of the hotel’s restaurants. Casey’s Cupcakes also feature delectable holiday confections to include Glamorous Gingerbread cupcakes.

Those wishing to stay at the historic hotel during Festival of Lights can select from a variety of special room packages. Whether it’s a family tradition, romantic getaway or gathering with friends, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa makes every stay during Festival of Lights unforgettable.


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