November 27th, 2015 - January 2nd, 2016

Riverside's Festival of Lights Wins Top Honors as America’s Best Public Lights Display in USA TODAY 10Best Readers' Choice contest!

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The 23rd Annual Riverside Festival of Lights on Main Street Riverside is your chance to experience the most dazzling holiday spectacle south of the North Pole.


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Thank you

To all those who continue to support us and make the festival possible.

Switch-On Ceremony begins at 4:30 p.m.

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The Riverside Festival of Lights will kick-off with festive activities on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at noon followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at 4:30 p.m.

In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Festival of Lights Committee, consisting of community volunteers and local businesses, put in many long hours to coordinate the Ceremony.

For more information about the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony or to learn how you can get involved, please contact the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce at (951) 683-7100 or email

Ice Skating Rink Specials

Visit the Ice Skating Rink on Military Mondays (with military I.D.) and receive two (2) ice rink admissions for $15. Come down for Family Night every Wednesday and your group of four (4) can skate for one (1) session for $40. *Skate Rentals are included in all Skate Specials.

Hours of Operation

November 27th - December 18th

Monday – Thursday: 4 – 10 p.m.
Friday: 4 – 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon – 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon – 10 p.m.

December 19th – January 2nd

Daily: Noon – 11 p.m.

December 24th Noon – 9 p.m.

December 25th CLOSED


$12 per hour per person and $3 skate rentals
Frequent Skater Cards* are also available for $50 and are valid Sundays through Thursdays. *Frequent Skater Cards do not include the cost of skate rental.

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Frequent Skater Cards

Purchase a Frequent Skate Card for skating during the 2015 Festival of Lights season.

Cost = $50.00

Frequent Skater Cards are accepted Sunday through Thursday and are good for one (1) hour of skating per card holder per day. Purchase of a Frequent Skater Card does not include the cost of skate rental.

Frequent Skater Cards are available for purchase at the City of Riverside’s Metropolitan Museum located at 3580 Mission Inn Avenue. Museum hours:
Monday: Closed
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 9am - 5pm
Thursday: 9am - 9pm
Saturday: 10am - 5pm
Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Group Rates & Rink Rental

At this time we are not offering group rates on ice skating rink tickets. For discounted pricing please see the Skate Specials page. Hourly rental of the ice skating rink is available Monday through Wednesday between the hours of 8 a.m. and noon. $600.00 per hour For more information or to schedule a rental please contact Special Events at (951) 826-5273 or email at

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Hours of Operation:

Mon – Thurs: 4 – 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday: 4 – 11 p.m.
Sunday: 4 - 10 p.m.

December 24th: 2 – 7 p.m.
December 25th: Closed

Photos with Santa will be provided and personal camera photos will NOT be allowed. Photo packages and souvenir photos will be available for purchase.

Horse Carriage Boarding Sites

  • Red Site - Mission Inn Avenue at Main Street
  • Blue Site - 6th Street and Main Street
  • Gold Site - Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets

2015 Horse Carriage Companies

Cyndi Cinderella Carriages
Contact: Stan Fury
Contact Number: (951) 529-5269

Fairytale Carriages
Contact: Dave Zoetemelk
Contact Number: (951) 712-6752

Savannah Rose Carriages
Contact: Karen Liblin
Contact Number: (909) 238-8411

Festival of Lights Artisans Collective

ARTISANS COLLECTIVE is an innovative arts market where the community may purchase original art from local artists, hear local musicians and participate in free public arts workshops.

Hours of Operation:

Saturday: 5 – 10 p.m.
Sunday: 5 - 10 p.m.

December 21st & 22nd: 5 – 10 p.m.

Artisans Collective Application

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FOL    Activities

Ice Rink
Santa Claus
Horse Carriages
Artisans Collective
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