Festival of Lights

The 20th Annual Riverside Festival of Lights on Main Street Riverside is your chance to experience the most dazzling holiday spectacle south of the North Pole. The Festival offers five weeks of holiday merriment in Downtown Riverside from November 23 to January 5, celebrating the season with family activities that include holiday decorations and lights on The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, Mission Inn Avenue and on City-owned buildings; the Inland Empire’s first outdoor ice skating rink; horse-drawn carriage rides; holiday-themed vendors; family-friendly live entertainment; and of course, Santa Claus. 
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Riverside Arts Walk
The first Thursday of every month is Riverside Arts Walk, a free community event that celebrates the diversity of arts and culture in Riverside and the Inland Empire. This Thursday, December 6 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., visit over 22 downtown locations, including museums, galleries and studios, presenting an eclectic mix of visual and performing arts. Arts Walk is the perfect place to do some of your holiday shopping with many vendors featuring unique and beautifully crafted pieces from local artists. 
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Holiday Happenings
City of Riverside Parks and Recreation is proud to present “Holiday Happenings” a series of eleven festive events happening all over the City of Riverside throughout the month of December. Come celebrate the season at the La Sierra Community Center (5215 La Sierra Ave., Riverside 92503) on December 7 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. as talented Riverside youth ages 4-17 perform their best singing and dancing numbers at the community "Holidaze Dance Review." Families can also enjoy “Breakfast with Santa” at Reid Park (701 Orange St., Riverside 92501) on December 8 from 8 a.m. to noon.  
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2nd Annual YMCA Tamale Fest & Soccer Tournament
The YMCA of Riverside City & County and Riverside Police Department bring you the 2nd Annual Tamale Fest & Soccer Tournament at the Riverside Family YMCA (4020 Jefferson St., Riverside 92504) on December 8 from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Music, sports, and of course, tamales are all part of the fun in an effort to bring our community closer together and foster new connections between our neighbors.
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Annual Victorian Christmas Open House
Step back in time and experience the spirit of a traditional Victorian Christmas one would have seen in the 1890s. This family-friendly celebration will be held at the Heritage House (8193 Magnolia Ave., Riverside 92504) from noon to 4 p.m. and features Father Christmas, a unique range of musical entertainment, home-baked sweets, and hot-mulled cider. Fresh-cut greens, handmade wreaths, and mistletoe will adorn the home and one can enjoy making holiday ornaments and decoupage a Christmas keepsake box. The event is free and open to the public and free parking is available at the YWCA across the street.
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Swearing-In Ceremony for Riverside’s New Mayor
Mayor-Elect Rusty Bailey will take the Oath of Office as Riverside’s new Mayor at the City Council Meeting on December 11 at 6:30 p.m. in the Art Pick Council Chamber (3900 Main St., Riverside 92522).
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