Mission Inn's Massive Festival of Lights Begins Friday

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

With the Festival of Lights 2013, The Mission Inn once again becomes Riverside's holiday epicenter when its huge lights display are switched on at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, November 29. The streets are likely to be packed with people to witness four million little lights and 400 animated angels, elves, and carolers come to life.

The holiday display, now in its 21st year, has become an annual gift to Southern California from property Owners Duane and Kelly Roberts, who saved the historic landmark from destruction in 1992 and keep it as a hotel and spa today.

Festive marching bands (and speeches by civic leaders) lead into the flip switch on Friday. But if you miss it, the lights are staying up until January 4, so there will be plenty of time to get (or stay) in the Holiday mood.

Mission Inn Hotel and Spa
Festival of Lights
Riverside, Calif.
3649 Mission Inn Ave.

Flip the Switch Ceremony
Friday, November 29, 2013
4:30 p.m: Bands and speeches.
5:30 p.m. Twinkling lights and singing elves on a whole city block.

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

Mission Inn Festival of Lights 2012 I Photo: Courtesy Bebe Kropko

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Ed Fuentes is an arts journalist, photographer, graphic designer, and digital muralist who covers a variety of topics and geographies in Southern California for KCET.
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