This is What 4 Million Hotel Christmas Lights Looks Like
The world is officially in "Countdown to Christmas" mode and now, so are we. Every day until Christmas we'll be featuring a hotel that's in a holiday mood--whether it be with gigantic gingerbread houses, over-the-top Christmas decorations, thrilling lighting displays and best of all, Santa appearances. But of course, any hotel can assemble a fake tree, put on some lights and declare themselves "festive." Which is why we're looking at hotels that are really going ALL OUT. Know of a hotel that's super excited for Christmas? Let us know!
If you were near the The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, Calif. (an hour east of LA) on the day after Thanksgiving, then you probably noticed things were a little "brighter" in the area.
That's because the hotel switched on approximately four million Christmas lights that illuminate the hotel as part of their annual Festival of Lights celebration.
The light show draws in about 300,000 visitors and includes over 400 animated characters in addition to the four million lights. It takes 10 weeks of round-the-clock preparations by a crew of 30 to get it all ready. And it's been happening for 21 years now. We can't help but be curious about where they store these lights when Christmas is over. But it's probably way neater than our tangled stash in the garage.
The historic hotel, which is a National Historic Landmark hotel, has put together two packages to celebrate the season. The Eat, Drink and Be Merry packages starts at $199 and includes an overnight stay from Sunday-Thursday; a $25.00 resort gift card to spend at any of the hotel’s restaurants, lounges, Kelly’s Tuscan-inspired Spa or Kelly’s Boutique; a Kelly’s Spa holiday aromatherapy candle; and complimentary valet parking.
The Santa's Suite package is way more indulgent at $2,109 but includes a decorated two-bedroom Santa Suite with a personal tree, stockings, lights and more. It also includes a holiday dinner for a family of four at Duane’s Prime Steaks and Seafood Restaurant, a personal visit from Santa Claus with your previously arranged" presents under the tree, a family holiday breakfast at The Mission Inn Restaurant and a six-pack of Casey’s Holiday Cupcakes.
Go here for more info on visiting The Mission Inn or here for visiting the Festival Of Lights.
All photos provided by The Mission Inn