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Millions of twinkling lights adorn the City of Riverside

Family Festival Fun at the Festival of Lights is a tradition which will not disappoint

Capturing the moment at the Festival of Lights
Brenda Flowers

Half-way into the Festival of Lights, the City of Riverside is still enjoying the holiday season in full swing. Attractions and entertainment are scheduled to last through December 31, 2022. 

The immersive, self-guided experience encourages festival-goers to shop and eat at Downtown restaurants, in addition to the popular food vendors:

  • Kettle Tyme
  • Barrett’s Tamales
  • Sweet Shop Candy Shop 
  • The Gingerbread Shop
  • JC Concessions
  • Robertson’s Roasted Almonds 
Credit: Brenda Flowers
Mission Inn Festival of Lights

Santa parked his sleigh on Main Street because Riverside is on the Nice List this year. 

  • No cost for pictures 
  • Thursday through Sunday from 5:00 – 10:00 PM 
  • Closed December 25-31, 2022

The entertainment features beautiful community groups and numerous bands sure to catch the attention of all. 

Credit: Brenda Flowers
Lighting the way – Family walks through large ornament at the Festival of Lights
  • Friday, December 16: Little Folk Music, Dianthus
  • Saturday, December 17: Vertigo Casino, Cold Culture 
  • Sunday, December 18: Double H (Centennial HS Hip Hop Team), Neiya Arts, Sirens, Aurora Monroe School of Dance
  • Thursday, December 22: Greg Walker, Yasmeen Salama, The Christmas Cheers, Replandor de Mexico Folklorico Dance Company
  • Friday, December 23: The Band in the Day Band, Partly Jack

Additional entertainment, such as the Holiday Market Extravaganza, the Century Wheel, and the Artisans Collective can be found at the Festival of Lights website.