Back to All Events

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn


  • Mission Inn 3649 Mission Inn Avenue Riverside, CA, 92501 United States (map)

Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn

Screen Shot 2017-10-23 at 6.52.18 PM.png

26th Annual Festival of Lights celebration a free, six-week-long holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation's largest holiday light collections of its kind. Now in its 26th 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.

NEW this year! A new addition this year is the North Pole walkway that 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, new window displays and more!

Screen Shot 2018-11-06 at 11.31.27 AM.png

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. 

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 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display

Earlier Event: November 23
Winterfest at Santa Anita Park
Later Event: December 13
Disney On Ice presents Dare To Dream