21st annual ‘Festival of Lights’

21st annual ‘Festival of Lights’

Each year, thousands of visitors gather in and around the Mission Inn and along the pedestrian mall in downtown Riverside for the ‘Festival of Lights,’ which includes approximately 4 million holiday lights and over 400 animated figures. What began in 1993 as a modest, hotel-only event has grown into one of the premier holiday lights displays in the country. Roving…

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‘Festival of Lights’ marks 20th season

‘Festival of Lights’ marks 20th season

This year marks a milestone as the annual Festival of Lights marks its 20th season. What began in 1993 as a modest, hotel-only event has grown into one of the premier holiday lights displays in the country. Each year, thousands of visitors gather in and around the Mission Inn and along the pedestrian mall in downtown Riverside for the daily…

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19th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

19th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

The 19th Annual Festival of Lights is set to begin Friday afternoon (Nov. 25) in downtown Riverside, with the official “switch-on” ceremony & fireworks taking place just after 5:00 p.m. in front of the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. (Be sure to arrive early for the opening night ceremony!) Each year, thousands of visitors gather in and around the Mission…

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18th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

18th Annual ‘Festival of Lights’

The 18th Annual Festival of Lights is set to begin Friday, Nov. 26 in downtown Riverside, with the official “switch-on” ceremony taking place just after 6:00 p.m. in front of the Mission Inn. This year’s Festival runs from November 26 through January 2, 2011 (excepting Christmas). Each year, thousands of visitors crowd the areas in and around the Mission Inn…

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17th annual ‘Festival of Lights’

This week marks the beginning of the yearly “Festival of Lights” in downtown Riverside. Every night for 5 weeks between Nov. 27 and Jan. 3 (excepting Christmas), several blocks of the newly refurbished Main Street pedestrian mall come alive for the holidays. The centerpiece of the Festival is the historic Mission Inn hotel, which will again be adorned with over…

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March Field AirFest 2008

March Field AirFest 2008

This weekend, the skies over Inland Southern California will reverberate with the thundering sounds of the USAF Thunderbirds as the team performs during “AirFest 2008” at March Air Reserve Base. The base, celebrating its 90th year, will once again open up the gates to the public during its annual open house/air show. The event, which attracts upwards of 250,000 people,…

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GMA does FOL

GMA does FOL

Last Friday, weatherman Sam Champion of ABC-TV’s Good Morning America paid a visit to downtown Riverside for a special broadcast highlighting the Mission Inn’s “Festival of Lights.” The live broadcast was part of GMA’s weeklong, “Light up the Holidays” special, wherein 5 different holiday displays from across the U.S. were featured during the program’s weather segments. For those who missed…

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Festival of Lights

Festival of Lights

This Friday marks the debut of an expanded Festival of Lights in downtown Riverside. Along with the usual carolers, carriage rides, one-of-a-kind shopping/dining and millions of holiday lights, this year’s FOL has grown to include a compact ice rink. Skating at the rink, located on the Main Street Pedestrian Mall between Mission Inn and University avenues, will cost $10 per…

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Out & About – 11/18/2006

Out & About – 11/18/2006

Saturday, November 18, 2006 – The weekend heading into Thanksgiving finds downtown Riverside in a state of transformation as finishing touches are being made to holiday decorations ahead of the annual Festival of Lights, which officially begins the Friday after turkey day. This year, a new addition to an expanded FOL had workers assembling a compact ice rink. Slated to…

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