Things to Do


November 26 - December 31


  • Kettle Tyme
  • Barrett's Tamales
  • The Sweet Shop Candy Shop
  • The Gingerbread Shop
  • JC Concessions
  • Robertson's Roasted Almonds

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Meet Santa


Santa is coming to Riverside beginning Friday, November 25, 2022! Meet Jolly Saint Nick before Christmas Day to check if you’re on his nice list.

  • • No cost for admission
  • • Reservations and Professional Photography are not available
  • • Based on first-come, first-served
  • • Camera and Phone Photography Allowed
  • • All Ages Welcome

Visiting Dates & Hours: November 25 - December 24, 2022

Thursday – Sunday 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm
December 24, 2022 2:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Closed December 25 - 31, 2022

Main St. between University Ave. and Mission Inn Ave.


FOL Entertainment

Live Entertainment will be performed showcasing the region's best local and professional talent.


Artisans Collective

FOL Artisan

Artisans Collective is an innovative arts market that encourages the community to buy local, offering a market dedicated to making hand-crafted, unique, one-of-a-kind art, jewelry, ceramics, sculpture, paintings, metalworks, garments, stationary, dolls and much more!

This year, the Artisans and Entertainment components will be managed by "The Collective," a group of community organizations partnered with the City. If you are interested in being an Artisan or Entertainer during the duration (Saturday, November 26 - Friday, December 23) of the Festival of Lights, contact:

Artisans Collective & Entertainment will end on Friday, December 23, 2022

[email protected]
1 (951) 341-6550

Street Performers

FOL Entertainment

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.

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.

Dates & Hours: November 25 – December 31, 2022
Thursdays - Sundays after 5 p.m.

Street performers will be featured at:
Creative Corner: Main Library Plaza | 3900 Mission Inn Ave.
Creative Corner: The Cheech Plaza | 3581 Mission Inn Ave.