Things to Do

Attractions & Entertainment

Switch-On Ceremony


FOL Switch On

The 26th Anniversary of 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 five million lights at The Mission Inn and a fireworks display.


Locations:

Mission Inn & Orange St

November 23, 2018
4:30 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Santa Claus

FOL Santa

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


Locations:

Main Street between University Avenue and Mission Inn Avenue

Entertainment

FOL Entertainment

Live Entertainment is preformed nightly at two stages showcasing the region's best local and professional talent.

Street Performers can be found at both the Library Plaza and Metropolitan Museum Plaza nightly located on Mission Inn at Orange Street.


Locations:

Entertainment Stage - Main Street between City Hall and 10th St


Preformers:
Coming Soon!

Artisans Collective

FOL Artisan

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.

Start Date: November 24, 2018


Locations:

Main St between University Ave and 9th St

Hours
Thurs - Sun
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday
12/26/18 & 1/2/2019 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Horse Carriages

FOL Horse

What better way to enjoy the sights and sounds of Festival of Lights than in a beautiful Horse Drawn Carriage Ride. Carriages are available daily at three pickup and drop off locations.

Start Date: November 24, 2018


Locations:

Red Location: Sixth Street at Main Street

Blue Location: Mission Inn Avenue at Main Street

Gold Location: Main Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets


Hours:
5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

Colorful Vintage Carousel

FOL Carousel

The Carousel is a classic experience for the entire family.


All rides are $5.00 each or $20.00 for a one day all you can ride wristband


Locations:

Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street (Parking Lot 27)

The Giant Wheel

FOL Wheel

The Giant Wheel will give you an incredible view of Festival of Lights high about Main St.


All rides are $5.00 each or $20.00 for a one day all you can ride wristband


Locations:

Mission Inn Avenue and Lemon Street (Parking Lot 27)

Trackless Train Rides

FOL Train

The Trackless Train is fun for the whole family and ADA accessible.


All rides are $5.00 each or $20.00 for a one day all you can ride wristband


Locations:

Library Plaza

New Year’s Eve Celebration

FOL New Years

Ring in the New Year at the FREE family-friendly event to enjoy music, activities, piñatas and even a confetti celebration at 9:00 p.m. Plus, all of the fun Riverside Festival of Lights vendors and activities.


Locations:

Main Library Plaza - 3581 Mission Inn Ave

December 31, 2018
6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Riverside Festival of Lights