The Annual Festival of Lights Celebration is Back to Illuminate the Holiday Sky at The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa
RIVERSIDE, Calif., Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire/ — For almost 20 years, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has brought holiday spirit, magic, hope, and love to families in Southern California and around the world with the annual Festival of Lights event. The 18th annual Festival of Lights kicks off on Friday, November 26th and is a special gift to the community from Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. With one of the largest collections of lights on the West Coast, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa is adorned with more than three-and-a-half million brilliant lights as well as over 400 animated figures, such as angels, elves, and carolers that come alive throughout the iconic property. The event brings families together, couples together and the community together, which is needed now more than ever.
“We are excited to bring back The Festival of Lights celebration for the 18th year in a row to the local Riverside residents as well as visitors from around the world,” note Duane and Kelly Roberts, Keepers of the Inn. “It brings great joy to see the awe and excitement in the eyes of our guests and visitors, and the reason we continue to share this tradition with the community.”
Local residents and out of town travelers alike are invited to experience this spectacular Southern California holiday tradition, which features an elaborately decorated Christmas tree, special appearances by Santa Claus, Dickens Carolers singing cheerful holiday tunes, horses pulling authentic carriages, and hundreds of characters dressed in 17th Century costumes entertaining the crowd and evoking the spirit of the season.
In addition to viewing the spectacular light display and experiencing the festive elements, visitors may also dine at the Inland Empire’s only AAA Four-Diamond restaurant Duane’s Prime Steaks & Seafood Restaurant, sip on some of the world’s best wines at the popular 54 Degrees at Duane’s, nibble on holiday sweet treats and stay warm with a cup of hot cocoa or an Italian cappuccino from Casey’s Cupcakes, indulge in festive spa treatments at Kelly’s Tuscan-inspired Spa, and spend some time shopping at Kelly’s Boutique. The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa has also created a number of seasonal getaway packages for those who want to extend the holiday celebration. Packages start at $199 and can be booked online at www.missioninn.com or by calling 1-800-843-7755. This year’s Festival of Lights celebration, which begins on Friday, November 26th, and goes through Sunday, January 2nd, promises to be a memorable event for the whole family.
The City of Riverside has adopted The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s popular Festival of Lights event as a citywide initiative with a vision of a Dickensian winter extravaganza. Lights and decorations will adorn buildings throughout the city and an outdoor ice-skating rink will be built in the main street pedestrian mall near The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa.
SOURCE The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa