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21st Annual Festival of Lights

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21st Annual Festival of Lights


Downtown Riverside

Start Date/Time

11/29/2013 12:00 AM

End Date/Time

1/5/2014 10:00 PM

Type of Event

Arts and Culture




The 21st 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, celebrating the season with family activities that include the “Switch-On Ceremony”; 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; holiday-themed vendors; family-friendly live entertainment; and of course, Santa Claus.
It all begins with festive activities at noon and the flip of a switch on Friday, November 29th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m. during the “Switch-On Ceremony” presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Festival of Lights Committee, consisting of community volunteers and local businesses, put in many long hours to coordinate the Ceremony.
The magic continues for festivalgoers as they glide under the stars on an outdoor ice skating rink located on Main Street Riverside between University and Mission Inn Avenues. Visit for more information on things to see and do.
Activities usually run from Noon - midnight each day.
The Riverside Festival of Lights allows everyone - no matter what age - to be filled with wonder and anticipation of the magic of the holidays. Don’t miss your opportunity to be part of this wonderful Riverside tradition.