Special Festival of Lights service returns for the holidays!

The 26th Annual Festival of Lights is returning to The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside starting this weekend! To kickoff this season’s Festival of Lights, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, the Greater Riverside Chamber of Commerce and the City of Riverside will present a Switch-On Ceremony beginning at 4:30 on Friday with a fireworks display.


The Festival of Lights is a FREE Southern California holiday tradition with more than 4.5 million dazzling lights, over 400 animated figures, Dickens carolers, the world’s largest manmade mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, many specialty food vendors and Santa Claus.

Last year, more than 11,000 Southern Californians chose to take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights.


Festival of Lights attendees across Southern California can avoid holiday traffic and take Metrolink special train service to Riverside’s Festival of Lights on Fridays and Saturdays from Los Angeles, Oceanside and Perris – South to Riverside – Downtown. Train service dates are Fridays and Saturdays:

  • November 23, 24 and 30
  • December 1,7, 8, 14 and 15

Special Metrolink train service sponsored by Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) and Los Angeles County Metropolitan Authority (Metro).


Purchasing Your Tickets:

  • You must have a valid ticket to board.  Tickets are not sold onboard the train.
  • The special $7 ticket is available on the mobile app and from the ticket machines located at any Metrolink station.
  • Ages 18 and under ride free with an adult (limit three per adult)

Getting to the Festival of Lights

The Riverside Transit Agency will provide free shuttles operating from the Riverside-Downtown station to the Festival of Lights and back. Please allow at least 45 minutes for your return shuttle trip due to increased rider volume.

See what special Festival of Lights trains work best for you here!




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