‘Festival of Lights’

A bit late on posting this, but over 20,000 turned out last Friday to the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside for the 11th annual ‘Festival of Lights’ lighting ceremony.

The Inland area offered a bright welcome to the holiday season Friday evening as the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside shot off fireworks from its roof, then was lit up with more than 2 million lights.

Riverside Press-Enterprise – November 29, 2003

Each year from Thanksgiving to New Years, the historic hotel is adorned with over 2 million holiday lights and animated displays, setting the mood for the rest of downtown.


  • Riverside Press-Enterprise – Mission Inn launches the season with its annual grand illumination (Nov. 29)

Sources: Riverside Press-Enterprise (PE-20031129)

2024 PAGE UPDATE: Added newspaper citation/insert; removed outdated links to newspaper article.

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