Metrolink Adds Service to Riverside’s World-Famous Festival of Lights at Historic Mission Inn


Mission Inn

$7 for adults, ages 18 and under ride free

RIVERSIDE – Back by popular demand, Metrolink is adding more weekend service to the Festival of Lights at the Riverside Mission Inn Hotel and Spa. Metrolink train service to the event will run November 24, 25 and December 1, 2, 8, 9,15 throughout Riverside, Los Angeles and Orange counties.

“With the holiday season in full swing, families from across the Southern California region can enjoy this renowned and spectacular light display by simply taking Metrolink,” said Metrolink Chair Andrew Kotyuk, who also serves as a Councilman for the City of San Jacinto. “Metrolink offers free rides to the event for ages 18 and under, making this experience affordable and convenient for countless families.”

The special trains are timed to arrive in Riverside in the late afternoon on Fridays and Saturdays and depart Riverside after 8:00 p.m. Train times can be found at The Riverside Transit Agency will provide free shuttles operating between the Riverside-Downtown Station and the Festival of Lights.

The Festival of Lights includes more than 400 animated figures including angels, elves and Dickens carolers, appearances by Santa Claus, the castle-like hotel illuminated with 5 million holiday lights, the world’s largest man-made mistletoe, horse-drawn carriage rides, freshly fallen snow, elaborately decorated Christmas trees in the lobby and throughout the hotel and delectable holiday confections.

This is the second year that Metrolink has run special trains to the Festival of Lights. Last years’ service was popular, with many trains at capacity. This year, Metrolink has increased service by 133% to give more people the opportunity to enjoy this exciting holiday event without worrying about traffic or parking.

Metrolink’s special train service to the Festival of Lights is funded by The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) Board and by the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC).

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Gutierrez at or (213) 332-6979.

Omnitrans Buses Not in Service on Thanksgiving Day


In observance of Thanksgiving, Omnitrans buses will not be in service on Thursday, November 23, 2017. The 1-800-9-OMNIBUS customer service line and administrative offices will also be closed on this day.

Regular bus service will resume the following day, Friday, November 24. The customer service center will also re-open, but administrative offices will be remain closed until the following Monday.

For additional information, visit

Take Metrolink During the Thanksgiving Holiday


Sunday service schedule on Thanksgiving and suspension of Rail 2 Rail® Program with Amtrak between November 22-26, 2017

LOS ANGELES – In observance of Thanksgiving, Metrolink will operate a Sunday schedule on Thursday, November 23. The Rail 2 Rail program on the Orange County Line will be suspended from Wednesday, November 22, through Sunday, November 26.

On Thanksgiving, regular weekday fares apply with no Sunday or Weekend Day Pass discount. Also on Thanksgiving, no trains will operate on the Ventura County Line, the Riverside Line, nor to four stations on Perris Valley Line extension.

Amtrak anticipates high ridership due to Thanksgiving and will suspend the Rail 2 Rail program on the Ventura County and Orange County lines from November 22-26. Metrolink Monthly Pass holders will not be able to ride any Amtrak service during this period. These holders should plan for other options, including normal Metrolink service.

The Rail 2 Rail program will resume on Monday, November 27.

For families looking to explore Southern California over the weekend, the Metrolink $10 Weekend Day Pass lets you ride all day for one low cost. You can transfer to local buses, Metro’s light rail and subway system at no additional cost.

Popular destinations and attractions near Metrolink and transfer stations include:

  • Olvera Street
  • Chinatown
  • Disney Concert Hall
  • Historic Downtown San Juan Capistrano
  • Hollywood Walk of Fame and Attractions; Madame Tussauds (wax attractions) etc.
  • Universal Studios
  • San Clemente Pier
  • Disneyland
  • Old Towne Orange Historic District
  • Burbank Downtown
  • L.A. LIVE (The GRAMMY® Museum, restaurants, Regal Theaters)

Please visit for more information about the Rail 2 Rail® program. Please click here for the latest schedule.

MEDIA CONTACT: Chris Gutierrez at or (213) 332-6979.