Festival of Lights


The Hotel: Mission Inn Hotel & Spa

The City: Riverside, CA

The Dates: November 23, 2012 to January 5, 2013

If You See One Thing: The Mission Inn is attempting to set the official Guinness World Record for the World's Largest Mistletoe this year. It measures 12 feet by 8 feet. That's a whole lot of making out.

Other Highlights:

• 3.6 million+ enchanting holiday lights will illuminate an entire city block to celebrate the event's 20th anniversary.

• 250,000+ Festival of Lights guests showed up last year -- so you can expect hordes of Santa fans to return this year.

• 400+ animated figures including angels, elves, carolers and likely, hundreds of figurine fetishists.

• An apropos "12 Days of Christmas" Holiday Drink Menu featuring "A Partridge in a Pear Tree" with Absolut Pears and "Five Golden Rings" with Goldschlager. Clever cocktailing.