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    Bypass traffic and save on gas and parking! Take Metrolink to the magic and tradition of 25th Annual Festival of Lights in Riverside. Bring the entire family to this electric holiday event and experience the excitement of 5 million dazzling lights, animated figures, and Santa Claus.

    You can ride the Metrolink’s Festival of Lights train for $7 or less round trip! Don't miss the “Switch-On” ceremony and fireworks show on Friday, November 24th. Go to for more information.

    Dates: November 24, 25 & December 1, 2, 8, 9, 15, 16

    Location: 3649 Mission Avenue Riverside, CA 92501

    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 25, 2017 - January 6, 2018
    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.

    The Mission Inn



    For more information please contact

    (951) 826-5663
    Riverside Festival of Lights