The Point: Bypass traffic, parking hassles and enjoy a relaxed ride on Metrolink to the Mission Inn Hotel and Spa’s 25th Annual Festival of Lights.

Now in its 25th year, enjoy it even more with special fares – $7 adult round-trip tickets and up to 3 children under the age of 18 ride free. Avoid holiday traffic, parking hassles and take Metrolink special train service to the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa’s Annual Festival of Lights in Riverside on Fridays and Saturdays from Los Angeles and Perris–South to Riverside-Downtown. The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC) in cooperation with Metrolink is providing special train service to take riders from South Perris to Downtown Riverside and from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Riverside along the 91/PV line. Service from Orange County will also be provided. Funding for this special service is provided by a MSRC grant.

A free shuttle from the Downtown Riverside station to the Mission Inn will be provided by RTA.

The beloved Southern California tradition recently named “Best Public Lights Display in the Nation” by USA Today creates a magical, Disneyland-like experience in the heart of Riverside and attracts more than 250,000 visitors from all over the world each year, commencing with the famous “Switch-On” Ceremony, a spectacular event in which the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with nearly 4.5 million holiday lights followed by a full fireworks display.

Highlights of Festival of Lights include 200 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers; appearances by Santa Claus, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, elf tuck-ins, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees among other festive offerings.  A new addition this year is the Candy Stroll that will take you down the main walkway, filled with candy décor, under the Campanario with the world’s largest mistletoe, and down the path towards Main Street featuring brightly colored canopy lights, additional candy décor, window displays and more!

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