The 25th Annual Festival of Lights & Seasonal Offerings at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

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The Historic Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Embraces the Spirit of the Season with a Spectacular Collection of Nearly 5 Million Holiday Lights on Display from November 24, 2017 – January 6, 2018

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Southern California’s historic AAA-Four Diamond hotel kicks off the holiday season on November 24, 2017 with the Festival of Lights – a free holiday extravaganza featuring one of the nation’s largest holiday light collections of its kind. Now in its 25th year, the 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 1992.12105730_10153603310114020_670263557756350624_n

The beloved Southern California tradition creates a magical 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 5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

The festival includes more than 400 animated figures from angels, elves and Dickens carolers; live reindeer; 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. In addition, there is an outdoor ice-skating rink on the Main Street pedestrian mall complete with holiday vendors and family-friendly entertainment.


How sweet it is!  In celebration of the 25th anniversary of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Annual Festival of Lights,  the theme for 2017 is “Sweet 25”.  The fun and exciting candy-theme will be 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.

A new addition this year is the Candy Stroll that will take you down the main walkway, filled with candy décor, under the Campanario with the world’s largest mistletoe, and down the path towards Main Street featuring brightly colored canopy lights, additional candy décor, window displays and more!

Also new, the hotel’s elaborately decorated Christmas tree will be featured outside of the hotel along the Candy Stroll walkway; Breakfast with Santa, each featuring a performance by the Riverside Ballet and story time with Santa; and lastly, the new official merchandise of Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights booth, located on Main Street & Mission Inn Avenue offering logo shirts, hats, sweatshirts, ornaments, lighted toys, gift cards and more.

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. 11175058_10153190346924020_8748637468381495521_n


Also available to hotel guests, as well as those making a day trip to Festival of Lights, is a specially curated menu of decadent spa treatments at Kelly’s Spa. Guests can marvel in the joy and wonder of Festival of Lights while treating themselves to an indulgent spa experience.

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