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This is What 4 Million Hotel Christmas Lights Looks Like

December 6, 2013 at 4:03 PM | by | Comments (0)

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.

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