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Fall in the Inland Empire

Property Manager with PropertyADVANTAGE CA BRE # 01450265

Fall is my favorite time of year here in the Inland Empire. The cool, crisp, clean air, the turning of the leaves (yeah I know, it can't compare to other states, but hey I'll take what I can get) and my favorite of all: the lighting ceremony for The Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in downtown Riverside!

If you have never experienced this dazzling local display you don't know what you are missing! On the day after Thanksgiving, and with the flip of the proverbial switch, our downtown community is transformed into a cornucopia of holiday cheer, winter festivities and family togetherness. It is a wondrous sight to behold, and I find myself in awe each and every time I visit through-out its 5 week run.


The transformation takes approximately 10 weeks to complete so it's not uncommon to see work crews putting up huge nutcrackers and angels beginning in September. In addition to the more than 3.5 million lights, there are figurines on the balconies, roof tops and just about any other space you can find. I swear each year something new is added for us to discover and delight in.

This gift to our community has been given to us for the past 16 years (this is the 17th year) through the generosity of the keeper of the inn, Duane Roberts. In his generosity, he has kept this National Historic Landmark hotel in the public eye and as such it is considered one of our nation's largest and most elaborate holiday displays. This is truly a Southern California holiday "must-see".

So if you are in the area or are planning to visit, please come and see this magical display. It runs from Nov. 27th through January 3rd.  I promise you won't be disappointed!

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Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

What a beautiful picture-you are right fall is the perfect time of the year with all the color's changing and the perfect weather.

Nov 16, 2009 02:31 AM
Susan Laxson CRS
Palm Properties - La Quinta, CA
Realtor in San Diego, CA & Naples, FL

The Mission Inn is a beautiful place to visit and draws visitors from all over!

Nov 16, 2009 02:32 AM
Suzy Morris
The Morris Team - Carlsbad, CA

Looks fantastic!  Thanks for posting about this.  I may bring the kids down for the display.

Nov 16, 2009 02:36 AM
Micki OToole
PropertyADVANTAGE - Carlsbad, CA
General Manager

Suzy, If you do come by to see the display plan on spending some time on Main Street as well. There are lots of fun things to do, including ice skating. I hope you enjoy it!

Nov 21, 2009 01:36 AM