Friday, November 29, 2013

Riverside: Festival of Lights – A Holiday Must-See

Riverside Festival of Lights illuminates downtown Riverside with nearly 4 million holiday lights
Riverside Festival of Lights - Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
Today is the day! It’s the start of the five-week long Festival of Lights in Riverside. And what a spectacle it is! With the flip of a switch, downtown Riverside will be illuminated by the glow of nearly 4 million holiday bulbs and electrified by the burst of fireworks. The lights, accompanied by dazzling holiday decorations and animatronic displays, can be found along Mission Inn Avenue as well as at the historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and numerous other buildings. A tradition for 21 years, the Festival also features an outdoor skating rink, horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday vendors, live entertainment, carolers, and delectable food. Of course, Santa Claus will be there too.
The festivities get started today at noon, with the official lighting ceremony commencing at 4:30pm. This is an extremely popular event, drawing over 250,000 visitors over the multi-week run. If attending opening day, plan to arrive early – it’s estimated over 60,000 folks will be there and downtown streets surrounding the event start closing to motor vehicles around noon.
More Information: 21st Annual Festival of Lights
Mission Inn, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, CA 92501
Dates/Times: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 12:00pm to Saturday, January 4, 2014 - 10:00pm (Closed Christmas Day)
Admission: Free


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