The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside flips the switch on millions of holiday lights and animated figures for the 20th year on Friday. The Festival of Lights at the historic Riverside hotel begins each year the day after Thanksgiving with fireworks, carolers, Santa Claus and, of course, the amazing lights.
For two weeks, the national historic landmark comes to life with characters dressed in 17th century costumes, carolers, Santa Claus, horse-drawn carriage rides and even a pop-up ice-skating rink near the hotel. And don't miss the giant mistletoe that will hang from an arch over the hotel's entrance.
The lights are free and open to the public from Friday through Jan. 5.
For those who want to stay over, the hotel offers an Eat, Drink and Be Merry package starting at $199 a night plus tax. It includes a $25 resort credit and free valet parking.
Contact: Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, (951) 683-1342