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  • Posted November 29, 2010 by
    Riverside, California

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    Christmas Shines With The Festival of Lights: The Story In Pictures


    This Ireporter was privileged to attended the 18th Annual Festival of Lights in Riverside, CA, located about 60 miles east of Los Angeles, CA, at the historic Mission Inn Hotel on Black Friday 11.26.10.


    It's a show that must be seen to believe - The keepers of the inn, Duane and Kelly Roberts, have put together what is now considered to be the number one privately funded fireworks and light show performed in the United States. It's their way of giving back to the community - especially the children.


    Over 50,000 people - a new record - attended the event from around Southern California, the West - and the World. Although this ceremony and the fireworks display are only on opening night, the light show and entertainment continues thru January 2. Over 500,000 people are expected to visit during the holidays.


    The event includes an outdoor skating

    rink, live entertainment, 3.5 million lights, and over 400 animated displays - and of coarse Santa is always here!


    While in Southern California, don't miss this one of a kind event - at a word famous one of a kind hotel. Presidents, Celebes, famous Politicians (Inc. Presidents Reagan and Nixon) Kings and Queens have all stayed here at this 1880's era mission style facility. Note: All Photos by Al Mealey


    This is the photo report - please watch the video ireport that is next:




    The fireworks and light show must be seen to believe: Grade: A+

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