Photos: Riverside’s Festival of Lights kicks off 24th year


The 24th annual Festival of Lights at The Mission Inn in Riverside kicked off on Friday night with 4.5 million twinkling lights being switched on and a huge fireworks show.

Here are photos of the event, which runs nightly through January 7.

Went and saw the Christmas lighting of the mission with my family lastnight. It was beautiful????

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& we're back! Now that the crowd has left ????#MissionInnFestivalOfLights

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Our gingerbread villages are complete! Find them in our lobby! ????????⛪️???? #FestivalOfLightsMissionInn

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Here is video of the moment the lights were turned on:

#Riverside #riversidefestivaloflights2016

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Festival of Lights has officially begun! #MissionInnFestivalOfLights

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If you go, the Press Enterprise has a pretty solid list of what you need to know about the event.