Where It’s Located/How to Get There
The Riverside Festival of Lights starts at The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, which is on Mission Avenue in Riverside, California. Many roads are closed for the event, so it’s best to plan ahead. You can find maps of road closures and locations that offer free parking. Since most of the events are held at night, parking at meters is free. There are also many free public lots.
Main Street is closed so that you can get to all of the attractions on foot. There are carriage rides, a stage for events, and even Santa!
You’re going to find that the official address is 3649 Mission Inn Avenue, which is in Riverside, California. It’s at the heart of the downtown area, so it’s only 90 minutes from Los Angeles and San Diego.
Since the hotel takes up an entire city block, you’re not going to miss it. Those who come from Ontario, Pasadena, and Los Angeles can take the I-210 E San Bernadino or the I-10 E to the I-15 S San Diego. From there, go on CA-60E to Riverside and take the Market Street exit, turning right. Go about a mile and turn left, and you’re there.
If you’re coming from Orange County and specifically the John Wayne Airport, consider the I-40S North to the CA-55 North Anaheim-Riverside. From there, get on CA-91 E/Riverside. Then, you can take the University Avenue exit and go one block more until you hit Mission Inn Avenue on the left.
Those in Victorville can choose the 215-S and take the Mission Inn Avenue exit. Just turn right and then travel for three blocks, and you’re there.
Anyone coming from San Diego and Temecula should take I-15 North to I-215 N, which goes to Riverside. Alternatively, the CA-91-E is available. From there, take the exit for Mission Inn Avenue and turn left into the downtown area. Go another three blocks, and you’re right where the action is!