RIVERSIDE (CBSLA) — The Mission Inn will kick off its 26th annual Festival of Lights Friday evening with a fireworks show over Riverside.

More than five million Christmas lights at the Mission Inn will be switched on at about 4:30 p.m., and will be accompanied with a fireworks show and holiday music. The city is expecting up to 75,000 people to descend on Mission Inn Avenue and Orange Street to watch the display.

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“The Festival of Lights represents the best of Riverside — our history, our commitment to family and our desire to be together in a joyous season,” Mayor Rusty Bailey said. “The switch-on ceremony is a tradition in Riverside, and is better than ever.”

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The festival began in 1992, after Mission Inn owner and festival owner Duane Roberts and his wife, Kelly, took over the hotel and spa.

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