The Riverside Festival of Lights will kick-off with festive activities on Friday, November 27th, 2015 at noon followed by the 23rd Annual Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony presented by Duane and Kelly Roberts, owners of The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa at 4:30 p.m.
In one swift move Riverside’s downtown is instantly illuminated with more than three and a half million twinkling lights and spectacular fireworks! The Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce and the Festival of Lights Committee, consisting of community volunteers and local businesses, put in many long hours to coordinate the Ceremony.
The Riverside Art Museum will hold art activities on our front lawn in conjunction with the Switch-On beginning at 4 p.m.
Join us for fun, free art activities for the whole family.
Holiday Coloring Contest
In celebration of lighting Riverside’s downtown and the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa during the Festival of Lights “Switch-On Ceremony”, the Festival of Lights Committee and the City of Riverside are holding a special Holiday Coloring Contest to promote the arts during the holiday season. Riverside students in K-6 are encouraged to participate in the contest for a chance to win a $50 savings bond, holiday stocking filled with goodies, and two complimentary passes for the outdoor ice skating rink. All entries must be returned either in person or via mail by November 16, 2015, to the Greater Riverside Chambers of Commerce, Attn: Festival of Lights Committee, 3985 University Avenue, Riverside, CA 92501. Entries will be divided by grade level and evaluated by a panel of judges. One winner will be selected from each grade level. Entries will be judged on their coloring design, creativity, and neatness. Decisions of the judges are final. Winners will be notified in early November and must agree to appear on stage at the Festival of Lights “Switch-On Ceremony” scheduled for 4:30 p.m. on November 27, 2015, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa. Winning entries will be displayed on Main Street.