Every year, one of our favorite things to do is go to the Festival of Light at the Mission Inn in Riverside. This year we got a sneak preview (just by chance) of the gorgeous Mission Inn in all it’s glory.
This year marks the 25th year of the Festival of Lights. The beautiful Mission Inn is decorated with 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, freshly fallen snow, a gorgeous Christmas Tree and tons of lights!
Don’t miss appearances by Santa Claus and our the chance to stand under the world’s largest man-made mistletoe.
The theme for 2017 is “Sweet 25”. The fun and exciting candy-theme celebration will begin with their very special “Lights On ” ceremony on Friday, November 24th, at 4:30pm.
The theme is carried throughout the exterior of the hotel and include the new Candy Stroll, Sweet Dreams suite, Kelly’s Spa specials, weekly delectable specials featured in our award-winning restaurants, and delicious candy-themed Casey’s Cupcakes.
The Festival of Lights runs from Friday, November 24, 2017 through Saturday, January 6, 2018.
It’s that time again when I start talking about Christmas lighting and related events and again I must begin with my favorite Christmas light display: the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn located at Riverside, CA.
The Riverside Festival of Lights kick-offs on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at noon followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at 4:30 p.m.
Be prepared to be dazzled by more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The switch-on show is stunning.
At the entrance to the Mission Inn, you are greeted by giant nutcracker and displays in the gardens that lead you into the lobby where you’ll find a gorgeous Christmas tree. There are several restaurants that host stunning outside eating areas as well as the historic Presidential Lounge.
The beautifully decorated courtyards outside the Mission Inn offer plenty to see and do. Visit one of the many shops in Downtown Riverside, eat at one of food vendors, visit one of the local restaurants, Go Ice Skating, grab a cup cake at the original Casey’s Cupcakes while listening to some live entertainment, go for a horse-drawn carriage ride or find that book you’ve been searching for (or never knew you needed) at Downtowne Book Store, an awesome used book store.
My favorite thing to do is to go inside the Mission Inn and marvel at the beauty of this place. The mission Inn holds a special place in my heart. The architecture is absolutely beautiful. After visiting the Mission Inn, we go across the street and grab coffee and some hot cocoa and enjoy the view of the Mission Inn’s dazzling light display.
The Festival of Lights runs from Friday, November 27, 2015 through Wednesday, January 6, 2016.
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..
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.
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.
Outside you can enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, an ice skating rink, food and holiday vendors and live entertainment.
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).