Special Festival of Lights service returns for the holidays!

The 27th Annual Festival of Lights is returning to The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside starting next weekend! Metrolink’s special train service begins Friday, November 29 and runs Fridays and Saturdays through Saturday, December 21.


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 man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, live entertainment, many specialty food vendors and Santa Claus.

Thousands of Southern Californians chose to take Metrolink to the Festival of Lights each year.


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 29 and 30
  • December 6, 7, 13, 14, 20 and 21


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 (RTA) will provide free shuttles operating between the Riverside – Downtown station to the Festival of Lights and back. The shuttles will operate from 4pm to 9:30pm. Please allow up to 30 to 45 minutes for your return shuttle trip due to increased rider volume.

Check out the shuttle route map!

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

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