Hello!! How it works? It was busy in the RER country because I am moving! Mission Inn Christmas Lights
And I did not understand that this is a big thing, requiring … organization, boxes, muscles and soothing tea to put all your things somewhere.
Today I am sharing some photos and tips from the Mission Inn Riverside Festival of Lights.
I heard about it, but have never been before this weekend. All I knew was that it was in a pretty part of Riverside, and they decorate it beautifully for Christmas.
My family met there to celebrate the birthday of my little brother, and then we were going to take a walk and enjoy the lights and snacks.
Dinner was at ProAbition, which is a great place to stroll after. The food was great – everyone got different dishes and they really liked it.
I got Miso White Bass – Marinated in sake and miso, served with braised Swiss chard and spinach. Boiled rice with jasmine, red, green and yellow peppers in lemon-ginger sauce.
Note. This is not a super-friendly restaurant for children (we did not expect this). I do not think that there was a children's menu, so my nieces got something from the snacks (they are 3 and 6 years old, so there is a lot left).
Best of all, they brought a BIG sparkling candle to celebrate my little brother's birthday !! We did not expect this, so it was a funny surprise!
While we were waiting for our table before dinner, my niece saw horse-drawn carriages stretching around. She wanted to ride one sooooooooooooooob and I think it looked sooooo cute my parents said we would do it after dinner.
There are many ticket kiosks to get horse-drawn carriage tickets. I found a shorter line down the street than the one opposite the restaurant. In total, it took about 30 minutes to board the wagon.
We rode the Cinderella Carriage because my niece was talking about it.
- This is $ 75.00!
- There are 3 horse riding options – 2 at a group price for a maximum of 6 people. Or you can buy tickets for $ 8.00 each for a large transportation.
- It runs around the perimeter of the hotel so you can see some lights.
- The trip was less than 10 minutes
- People take photos and videos as if you are a parade of their stories on Instagram and Facebook (I shouted – tag me !! so I can share.)
- It is 75 US dollars
Hm, yes – I was surprised at the price!
I hope that the horses that pull us get tasty organic carrots from Whole Foods for the money !!
But my mother said that this is what you do for your grandchildren and not for your children.
Thank you mom.
My nephews really liked it, so I think it was worth it for a happy memory.
We walked through the Mission to see lights and decorations, and it was great !! Unfortunately, I did not receive photographs of this because my hands were frozen at that moment. But I'm pretty sure you've seen Christmas lights before, so just imagine here:
[ pic of fancy hotel with Christmas lights ]
After that, we were pretty much done. It became COLD. And all the lines for pleasure were very long.
General thoughts on the Mission Inn Festival of Lights:
- Mission Inn is designed to remind me of Disneyland (including random animatronic carols).
- This is a great way to plunge into the atmosphere of the holiday! If you feel like Grinch this year – check it out!
- There are BIG crowds, so parking is hard to find and traffic is clogged! Bring your patience.
- Walking around to look at the lights for FREE. (Although there is a long line through the hotel.)
- There are many vendors selling goodies such as funnel, candied fruit, hot cocoa, etc., But again, the lines are long.
- It was cold. Well, it's cold for California, so wear 12 layers or more. (I would like to!)
- It is something super fun and festive to do once. So keep that in mind and be patient, enjoy it and take it all.
Links and resources from this post:
Mission Inn Riverside Festival of Lights
You may also like this …
How to make a Christmas plate of cheese
Best Minimalist Christmas List – Print Free
Free Gift Vouchers for Runners for Printing and Personalization
Shop favorites on Amazon here