Mission Inn Festival of Lights
By Andy Cheng
Nov. 25-Jan. 8
I was about 2 years old when my parents informed me that Santa is a hoax, but that’s just the Eastern aspect of my culture speaking. Thankfully in America, the spirit of Christmas and its festivities lives on eternally, with public displays of holiday grandeur like the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Downtown Riverside. This Christmas event will span from Nov. 25 through Jan. 8, and will feature archetypal fixtures like a brilliant display of colorful lights hung around the beautiful Mission Inn courtyard, horse-carriage rides, snow, a Christmas tree and more. Of course, live entertainment will also be provided like Christmas carolers, holiday music, Santa and live reindeer (mother lied; they are real). Whether you’re a traveler seeking holiday cheers or an IE resident passing through, it’s an event more decorated and festive than any other.
Festival of Lights at Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., Riverside, (951) 784-0300; www.missioninn.com.