Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA
When it comes to celebrating the holiday season, very few events can compare to the spectacular Festival of Lights that takes place each year at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa in Riverside, California. Debuting over 200 animated figures — including the world's largest man-made mistletoe — this free, six-week-long extravaganza welcomes more than 250,000 visitors from all around the world.
If you, too, want to marvel in this magical experience, make sure to plan your trip around the famous "Switch-On" Ceremony. It is during this time that the castle-like hotel is instantly illuminated with five million lights, followed by a breathtaking fireworks display.