Event Date: November 23, 2018

Come experience the celebration that won "American's Best Holiday Festival" in USA Today's 10 Best Reader's Choice contest two years in a row! This year there are more than 5-million lights on the hotel, 400+ animated characters, horse-drawn carriages, carnival rides, window displays, and a variety of food booths. Reserve your tour by calling the Mission Inn Museum at 951-788-9556. Bookings open September 1 and must be paid in full to confirm reservations.

The 26th Annual Festival of Lights is a public, free event produced jointly by the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the City of Riverside. The Festival begins on Friday, November 23, 2018 with the Switch-On Ceremony and ends on Sunday, January 6, 2019. Lights are on daily at 5:00 p.m. The Mission Inn Foundation, an independent nonprofit, offers daily walking tours of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, a National Historic Landmark. The tour is one of the few ways to access the building without being a hotel guest. Guided by knowledgeable docents, each tour is 75 minutes long and explores the beautifully decorated Mission Revival style hotel!

Tour Schedule

Monday-Friday 10:00, 11:30, 2:00

Saturday-Sunday 10:00, 11:30, 1:30, 2:30

$18/person, one child (11 yo or under) free per paying adult.

$17/person with AAA, AARP, or Military ID, one child (11 yo or under) free per paying adult.

Daily Tour at 4:00 p.m. - Be inside the hotel as the lights come to life! Call now - these tours fill quickly!

$20/adult, $10/child 11 yo and under. No discounts for AAA, AARP, or Military for 4:00 tours during FOL.

Mission Inn Museum Front Desk: 951-788-9556. Please be prepared to pay at the time of booking.

Group tours available for parties of 10 or more. Call Nanci at 951-781-8241 for more information and to check availability.


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