Festival of Lights "Switch-On Ceremony"
The Riverside Festival of Lights will kick-off with festive activities on Friday, November 23, 2012 at 3 p.m. followed by 20th Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony at 4:30 p.m. presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks!
Small Business Saturday
Between Black Friday and Cyber Monday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide called Small Business Saturday. Last year, over one hundred million people came together to Shop Small® in their communities on Small Business Saturday®. Encourage everyone you know to Shop Small and most importantly $hop Riverside on Saturday, November 24 because the more people and the more businesses that get involved, the bigger and more beneficial the day will be.
Downtown Farmer’s Market
Making plans for your holiday parties? Shop local and make a stop at Riverside’s Downtown Farmers Market for farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Maybe even pick up some flowers for a beautiful center piece or a unique hand crafted gift for your next gathering. The Downtown Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. – 1 p.m. on Main Street Riverside between 5th & 6th Streets.
Festival of Lights: Resplandor de Mexico Dance Company
Resplandor de Mexico Folklorico Dance Company will present a spectacular performance on Sunday, November 25 from 9:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Riverside Festival of Lights Entertainment Stage located on Main Street between University and Mission Inn Avenues, adjacent to the Festival of Lights Ice Skating Rink. Come enjoy this performance of wonderful dances from the states of Mexico!
19th Annual Benedict Castle Christmas Open House
Decorated with all the pizzazz of a 1930s estate, the traditional open house at Riverside’s historic Benedict Castle that entertained approximately 4,000 visitors last year continues for the 19th consecutive year on Sunday, November 25. This year’s open house located at 5445 Chicago Avenue will run from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. and requires a small donation.
Charles Phoenix's Holiday Slide Show
Charles Phoenix is back at the Mission Inn to kick-off the holidays! Charles supercharges the classic living room slide show into a laugh-out-loud extravaganza. If you missed the Charles Phoenix show last year, make sure to get your tickets early! Tickets are $25 per person and must be purchased prior to the show.