Riverside Festival of Lights

November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020

Update on the 2020 Fesitval of Lights

The 2020 Festival of Lights will be limited to socially-distanced light displays and decor. There will not be a switch-on ceremony and no vendors, attractions or programming during the event. While we encourage individuals to take in the lights of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the downtown light displays produced by the City, we ask that you do so following all current State and County mandated protocols.

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The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

A Note from The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa:

The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa presents Christmas Lights at the Inn.  This year, the hotel will feature dazzling lights on the exterior of the hotel, interior lighting and holiday décor that captures the true essence and history of the award-winning Mission Inn Hotel & Spa to enhance our guest experience. 

Note: In the spirit of cooperation and the well-being of our community, guests and staff, there will not be a switch-on ceremony this year. 

To best experience Christmas Lights at the Inn, we encourage you to book room reservations so you are able to enjoy all the hotel has to offer.  Stay at our luxurious accommodations with many holiday packages to select from at www.missioninn.com/specials. Tour the beautiful interior décor in our exquisite castle setting and be sure to visit the life-size gingerbread house and the elaborately decorated live 19' Christmas tree that are both displayed in the lobby.  Guests of the hotel also can enjoy delicious holiday cuisine in our award-winning restaurants, or dine in the comfort of your room with our expanded in-room dining menu.  Delight with our 12 Days of Christmas cocktails and our very own Irvine & Roberts Vineyards wines.  Treat you and your loved ones to glamorous and sweet treats from Casey's Cupcakes.   Enhance your stay with an indulgent and relaxing treatment at Condé Nast award-winning Kelly's Spa featuring "Savor the Season" holiday spa packages.  

Pending any changes due to COVID-19 guidelines, the public will not be permitted to walk down the main walkways this year to avoid crowds of any size.  As in years prior, only hotel guests and restaurant patrons will be allowed inside of the hotel.  There will be security & staff at entrances where they can assist you with restaurant availability for those without reservations.

Stay with confidence as we have implemented a comprehensive system of enhanced health and safety protocols based on the guidelines set forth by the Centers for Disease Control and the California Department of Health.  All staff and guests of the hotel are required to wear masks prior to entry.  View our wellness and safety guidelines.  We hope you all remain healthy and safe.

We look forward to welcoming you with us this holiday season!

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  • Alternative Transportation

    Riverside Transit

    Riverside Transit Agency can get you to the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa Festival of Lights without the hassles of traffic or parking.

    Bike Riverside

    The City of Riverside is pleased to introduce Bike Riverside as the City’s newest and most innovative form of public transportation.


    Bypass traffic and parking hassles and enjoy a ride on Metrolink to the magic and tradition of the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa's Festival of Lights

    Street Performers

    Street Performers can enhance the visitor experience at the Festival of Lights. To avoid adversely impacting the streets and sidewalks, Riverside Municipal Code Section 13.21 sets forth appropriate street performer locations on peak days and hours. These reasonable time, place, and manner restrictions balance performers’ rights with the health, safety and welfare of the City’s residents, business owners and Festival visitors.

    Thursdays through Sundays after 5 p.m., from November 27, 2020 - December 31, 2020
    Street performers will be featured at these locations:

    Creative Corner: Museum Plaza
    3580 Mission Inn Avenue

    Creative Corner: Library Plaza
    3581 Mission Inn Avenue

    Street performances will not be permitted on the Mall and on streets and rights-of-way on (1) Mission Inn Avenue from the Pedestrian Mall to Orange Street; (2) all sidewalks and right-of-ways on Orange Street from Mission Inn Avenue to Sixth Street; and (3) all sidewalks and right-of-ways on Sixth Street from Orange Street to the Pedestrian Mall.

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    Interested in being a sponsor contact us at
    (951) 826-2391


    For more information please contact

    (951) 826-2391
    Riverside Festival of Lights