November 25, 2016 - January 7, 2017

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The 24th Annual Riverside Festival of Lights on Main Street Riverside is your chance to experience the most dazzling holiday spectacle south of the North Pole.

SWITCH-ON CEREMONY

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The 24th Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony, presented by The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the City of Riverside, will feature more than four-and-a-half million lights at The Mission Inn and a fireworks display.


New Attractions for 2016:
Trackless Train Rides, the Century Wheel, and a colorful Vintage Carousel.


Favorites Returning for 2016:
Magical Moments with Santa Claus, Seasonal Music and Entertainment, and vendors with tasty food.


Hours:

SWITCH-ON DAY

November 25th: Noon - 10 p.m


SWITCH-ON DAY CEREMONY

November 25th: Begins at 4:30 p.m.

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

Cost

$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 specialevents@riversideca.gov.

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Hours of Operation:

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

December 24th: 2 – 9 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 CARRIAGES

Horse Carriage Boarding Sites

  • Blue Site - Mission Inn Avenue at Main Street
    Double Tree Carriages
    Kathy Ritch
    (951) 640-1972
    Doubletreecarriages@gmail.com
    www.DoubleTreeCarriages.com

  • Red Site - 6th Street and Main Street
    Fairytale Carriages
    David Zoetemelk
    (951) 712-6752
    FairyTaleHorses@aol.com
    www.FairyTaleCarriages.com

  • Gold Site - Main Street between 5th and 6th Streets
    Cindy Cinderella Carriages
    Stan Fury
    (951) 529-5269
    Mustang1998fury@yahoo.com
    www.CindyCinderellaCarriages.com

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.

Artisan’s Collective is every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday from 5-10 pm


Entertainment Schedule

Festival of Lights Performance Schedule - Ben Franklin Stage


Saturday, November 26, 2016
2:30 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 3:30 Norte Vista Dance Team
3:30 - 4:00 Riverside County Education Academy
4:00 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 7:00 Rockstars of Tomorrow
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 9:00 Natalie Brooke Duo
9:00 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, November 27, 2016
3:00 - 5:00 Elena Jones
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 8:00 Rusty Perez
8:00 - 9:00 Groovelabs

Saturday, December 3, 2016
4:00 - 4:30 Kane Dance Academy
4:30 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:30 CAT Corona Candy Cane Troop
5:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Resonate Vocal Group
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, December 4, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Ballet Folklorico Cultural performing
6:00 - 6:30 Groovelabs performing
6:30 - 6:45 Sky Country Elementary School Choir performing
6:45 - 7:15 Groovelabs performing
7:15 - 9:15 RockStars of Tomorrow performing

Friday, December 9, 2016
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 9:00 Riverside Concert Band
9:00 - 10:00Groovelabs

Saturday, December 10, 2016
4:00 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:30 Bryant Park Cheer Squad
5:30 - 6:00 Bryant Park Dance Team
6:00 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:00 Ballet Folklorico Tradicion Alegre
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 9:00 Meg Smith
9:00 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, December 11, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 4:00 Crescendo Studio
4:00 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:45 Rancho Verde High School Chamber Choir
5:45 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Vista del Lago Madrigal Choir
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs

Saturday, December 17, 2016
3:00 - 3:30 Groovelabs
3:30 - 4:30 On Pointe Dance Studio
4:30 - 5:15 Groovelabs
5:15 - 6:00 Reid Park Dance & Cheer
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 7:45 Centennial High School Madrigal & Treble Choir
7:45 - 9:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, December 18, 2016
3:00 - 4:00 Groovelabs
4:00 - 5:00 Saddleback Valley Chorale
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 9:00 Vic Moraga

Sunday, December 24, 2016
5:00 – 7:00 Little Folk Music

Friday, December 30, 2016
6:00 – 8:00 Southbound and Company

Sunday, January 1, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 8:00 Jessica Holtzclaw
8:00 - 9:00 Groovelabs

Saturday, January 7, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 5:00 Carbe and Durand
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Xhanat
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs

Festival of Lights Performance Schedule - Main Stage


Friday, November 25, 2016
1:00 - 2:30 Cadillac Phil
3:00 - 4:30 The Boulevards
6:00 - 9:45 Band of Brothers

Saturday, November 26, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 Apryle Dalmacio
3:00 - 4:00 Groovelabs
4:00 - 5:00 Second Baptist Mime Co. Riv
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Cadillac Phil
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 11:00 The Working Poets Band

Sunday, November 27, 2016
2:00 - 2:30 Spotlight Dance Studio
2:30 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 3:45 Danceport at UCR
3:45 - 4:30 Groovelabs
4:30 - 6:30 Smooth Jazz FHG Band
6:30 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 10:00 Vic Moraga

Monday, November 28, 2016
5:00 - 5:45 Rancho Verde HS Chamber Choir
5:45 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 The High-D Boys

Tuesday, November 29, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Bryant Park Cheer Squad
5:30 - 6:00 Bryant Park Dance Team
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 Partly Jack Band

Wednesday, November 30, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, December 1, 2016
5:00 - 5:15 Team3Thousand
5:15 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:30 Evan Disney Magical Entertainment
6:30 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 7:30 Kane Dance Academy
7:30 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 8:30 Ballet Folklorico Tradicion Alegre
8:30 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Friday, December 2, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 St. Francis de Sales Catholic School
5:30 - 5:45 Groovelabs
5:45 - 6:15 CAT Corona Candy Cane Troop
6:15 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 8:00 J Heart Academy
8:00 - 9:00 Groovelabs
9:00 - 11:00 Lt. Dan & His New Legs

Saturday, December 3, 2016
2:00 - 4:00 Tribute X: History of Rock Instrumentals
4:00 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:45 Sol De Mexico Ballet Folklorico
5:45 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:30 Sunnymead & Royal Kingdom Dance
7:30 - 8:30 Groovelabs
8:30 - 10:30 Carbe and Durand
10:30 - 11:00 Groovelabs

Saturday, December 4, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 Xhanat
3:00 - 3:30 Groovelabs
3:30 - 4:30 On Pointe Dance Studio
4:30 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:45 Grupo Folklorico Sones de Mi Tierra
5:45 - 6:15 Groovelabs
6:15 - 7:00 Ballet Folklorico Tierra, Flor y Canto
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Elena Jones

Monday, December 5, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Vista del Lago Madrigal Choir
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 Mama's Wranglers

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
5:00 - 5:15 City of SB Westside Steppers
5:15 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:30 Ballet Folklorico Tonatiuh
6:30 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 9:30 Rusty Perez
9:30 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Wednesday, December 7, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, December 8, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Citrus Community Singers
5:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:30 Villegas Show Choir
6:30 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 8:00 Valley View Elementary Chorus

Friday, December 9, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Empire Dance Theatre
5:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:30 Ballet Folklorico Valenzuela
6:30 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 8:30 Detour 91
8:30 - 9:30 Groovelabs
9:30 - 10:30 Mariachi Juvenil Los Potrillos1
10:30 - 11:00 Groovelabs

Saturday, December 10, 2016
2:00 - 2:30 Franklin Show Stoppers
2:30 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 4:00 Saddleback Valley Chorale
4:00 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 5:45 Grupo Folklorico Cielito Lindo
5:45 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:00 Barre Dance Center
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Drum Sync Academy Drummers
10:00 - 11:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, December 11, 2016
2:00 - 2:30 Groovelabs
2:30 - 3:30 St. Andrew Orthodox Christian Choirs
3:30 - 4:00 Groovelabs
4:00 - 4:30 Carnegie School's Legacy Show Choir
4:30 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 6:00 Carnegie School's Carnegie Stars & Concert Choir
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 The Working Poets Band

Monday,, December 12, 2017
5:00 - 5:30 Groovelabs
5:30 - 6:00 Frank Augustus Miller Middle Chamber Singers
6:00 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:00 Circle City Chorale
7:00 - 8:00 roovelabs
8:00 - 9:00 Amplified
9:00 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Tuesday, December 13, 2016
5:00 - 5:45 La Granada Elementary School
5:45 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:30 McAuliffe Elementary Choir
6:30 - 6:45 Groovelabs
6:45 - 7:30 Castle View Elementary Show Choir
7:30 - 7:45 Groovelabs
7:45 - 8:30 Willy's Washboard Jamboree
8:30 - 9:15 Groovelabs
9:15 - 10:00 Willy's Washboard Jamboree

Wednesday, December 14, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, December 15, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Promenade Elementary All Stars Choir
5:30 - 6:15 Groovelabs
6:15 - 6:30 Vista Heights Middle Concert Choir
6:30 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 8:00 Harvest Christian School Band
8:00 - 9:00 Groovelabs
9:00 - 10:00 Silent Voices

Friday, December 16, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Stokoe Choir
5:30 - 6:15 Groovelabs
6:15 - 6:45 Myra Linn Dance Club
6:45 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 8:00 Ballet Folklorico Cultural
8:00 - 9:00 Groovelabs
9:00 - 11:00 Flashback

Saturday, December 17, 2016
2:00 - 3:00 The Dance Company
3:00 - 4:00 Desert Mirage Dancers
4:00 - 4:45 Groovelabs
4:45 - 5:15 Butler Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance
5:15 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 6:45 Colors In Motion Dance Crew
6:45 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Resplandor de Mexico Folklorico Dance Co.
10:00 - 11:00 Groovelabs

Sunday, December 18, 2016
2:00 - 2:30 Zachary Neiman-Macak
2:30 - 3:30 Groovelabs
3:30 - 4:30 Mt. Rubidoux SDA Church-Children's Choir
4:30 - 5:00 Groovelabs
5:00 - 6:00 The Tweedlie Center for the Arts
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 Remember Then Band

Monday, December 19, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Poly Theatre Arts
5:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Woodcrest Christian School Band
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Jessica Holtzclaw

Tuesday, December 20, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Element
6:00 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 The Mike Taylor Quartet

Wednesday, December 21, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, December 22, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Fremont Elementary School Jazz Choirs
5:30 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:00 Black Rock Candy
7:00 - 7:30 Groovelabs
7:30 - 9:30 Cougrzz Rock Trio
9:30 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Friday, December 23, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 San Bernardino Teen Music Workshop
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 11:00 Chase Walker Band

Saturday, December 24, 2016
2:00 - 2:30 Groovelabs
2:30 - 3:00 Ricky Casioce
3:00 - 4:00 Groovelabs
4:00 - 8:00 Phoenix Rising Band

Monday, December 26, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Butler Fearon O'Connor School of Irish Dance
5:30 - 6:30 Groovelabs
6:30 - 7:15 Dianthus
7:15 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Lucky Cricket

Tuesday, December 27, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Hula Halau Ma Kahawai
5:30 - 6:15 Groovelabs
6:15 - 7:00 Willy's Washboard Jamboree
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 9:30 The Mid Centuries
9:30 - 10:00 Groovelabs

Wednesday, December 28, 2016
5:00 - 5:30 Ballet Folklorico de Riverside
5:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, December 29, 2016
5:00 - 6:00 Meg Smith
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 The Dares

Friday, December 30, 2016
5:00 - 7:00 Natalie Brooke Duo
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 11:00 Big Papa and the TCB

Saturday, December 31, 2016
2:00 - 2:45 Un Poquito de Oro Dance Company
3:00 - 3:30 Evan Disney's Magical Entertainment
3:30 - 4:30 Groovelabs
4:30 - 6:00 Bondservant
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 11:00 Phoenix Rising Band

Sunday, January 1, 2017
2:00 - 3:00 Groovelabs
3:00 - 6:00 One Way Ticket
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
- 7:00 - 10:00 Gypsies and Judges

Monday, January 2, 2017
5:00 - 5:30 Groovelabs
5:30 - 6:00 Vasara
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 Sozo Jazz Band

Tuesday, January 3, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 Little Folk Music
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 10:00 Always a Reason

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
5:00 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 10:00 Kevin O'Neal Sound Labs Karaoke

Thursday, January 5, 2017
5:00 - 5:45 Groovelabs
5:45 - 6:00 Team3Thousand
6:00 - 7:00 Groovelabs
7:00 - 10:00 The High-D Boys

Friday, January 6, 2017
5:00 - 7:00 Gypsies and Judges
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 11:00 Jazz City

Saturday, January 7, 2017
2:00 - 2:45 Colors in Motion Dance Crew
2:45 - 3:30 Groovelabs
3:30 - 4:30 Desert Mirage Dancers
4:30 - 6:00 Groovelabs
6:00 - 7:00 Intrepid
7:00 - 8:00 Groovelabs
8:00 - 11:00 Band of Brothers



COLORFUL VINTAGE CAROUSEL


Hours of Operation:

November 26th - December 23rd

Monday - Thursday: 5 - 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 - 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 10 p.m.


Christmas Eve

December 24th: noon - 9 p.m.


Christmas

Closed


December 26th - January 7th

Daily: noon - 11 p.m.


Information

Location:

Main Street (between Mission Inn and University Avenue)


Ticket Information

Each Ride: $5.00
One-Day all you can ride wristband: $15.00


Ticket Booth Locations

Ticket booth(s) are located at: One near the Carousel and one at the Century Wheel (Tickets for all attractions can be purchased at either location)




THE CENTURY WHEEL


Hours of Operation:

November 26th - December 23rd

Monday - Thursday: 5 - 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 - 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 10 p.m.


Christmas Eve

December 24th: noon - 9 p.m.


Christmas

Closed


December 26th - January 7th

Daily: noon - 11 p.m.


Information

Location:

9th Street (between Orange and Market Streets)


Ticket Information

Each Ride: $5.00
One-Day all you can ride wristband: $15.00


Ticket Booth Locations

Ticket booth(s) are located at: One near the Carousel and one at the Century Wheel (Tickets for all attractions can be purchased at either location)




TRACKLESS TRAIN RIDES


Hours of Operation:

November 26th - December 23rd

Monday - Thursday: 5 - 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 - 11 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 11 p.m.
Sunday: Noon - 10 p.m.


Christmas Eve

December 24th: noon - 9 p.m.


Christmas

Closed


December 26th - January 7th

Daily: noon - 11 p.m.


Information

Location:

Main Street (between 9th and 10th Streets)


Ticket Information

Each Ride: $5.00
One-Day all you can ride wristband: $15.00


Ticket Booth Locations

Ticket booth(s) are located at: One near the Carousel and one at the Century Wheel (Tickets for all attractions can be purchased at either location)


Thank you

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

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