Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights – Image from riversideca.gov

I had to start out the Christmas lighting displays and events with my absolute favorite Christmas light display…the Mission Inn Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA.

This incredible display of more than 4 million lights happens every year the day after Thanksgiving. The “Switch-On” ceremony and fireworks display kicks off on Friday, November 28th, 2014 and begins at 4:30 p.m..

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights – Iamge from riversidecvb.com

Besides the amazing display of lights that highlight the Mission Inn’s beautiful architecture, don’t miss the opportunity to take a tour of the beautiful Mission Inn.

Presidential Lounge
Presidential Lounge – image from missioninn.com

At the entrance to the Mission Inn, you are greeted by giant nutcrackers and displays in the gardens that lead you into the lobby where you’ll find a gorgeous Christmas tree. There are several restuarants that host stunning outside eating areas as well as the historic Presidentail Lounge.

Mission Inn Dining Patio
Mission Inn Dining Patio – Image from missioninn.com

Outside you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, an ice skating rink, food and holiday vendors and live entertainment.

Festival of Lights
Festival of Lights – Image from riversideca.gov

The festivities run from Friday, November 28, 2014 through Saturday, January 3, 2015.

People magazine ranked the Festival of Lights as the 2nd best lighting ceremony in the United States (second only to Rockefeller Center).

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is located at 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501

The event is free, parking is $5.00 at most parking lots. Vendors and restaurant fees vary.

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