Metrolink will run special train service from Union Station to Festival of Lights

Metrolink will be offering special train service from Union Station on select dates to the Festival of Lights at the Mission Inn in Riverside. The Festival of Lights opens Thanksgiving weekend and runs through the first week of January.

On November 23, 24, 30 and December 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15, you can take the Riverside Line or 91/Perris Valley to the festival for just $7 round-trip. Children 18 years and under ride free. There will be a free shuttle from Downtown Riverside Station to the Mission Inn. Train times are available here.

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  1. Huh, link worked for me. Hopefully this doesn’t flagged as spam, but this was the URL when I clicked on the link, or am I missing something:

    https://www.metrolinktrains.com/fol

    But to stay on topic. I finally have weekends off work so I’ll definitely be checking this out in December.

  2. A word of advice on the metrolink express, board early!! I’ve left Union Station around 4 and the train becomes standing room only by Fullerton. Try to leave as early as possible to get a seat. We were not letting anyone on by Corona, leaving behind tons of unhappy families.

    • That’s impossible on the weekends. That would require taking the SB Line then transferring to some sort of bus to Riverside, as the first train to Riverside on the weekends is at 3:15pm. But either way thanks for the heads up. I didn’t realize this event was that popular.

  3. The special trains operate on Friday. Saturday direct to Riverside. but not on Sunday.

    Those in Los Angeles only, on Fridays only can have more time in Riverside by using train 402, depart LA 120 pm, arr Riverside 248pm. Shuttle buses to Mission Inn will be availa ble for this train.

    Those in Orange County on Fridays can have more time in Riverside by using train 804 leaving Laguna Niguel at 1240 pm, stopping in Irvine, Tustin, Santa Ana and Orange. arrive Riverside 210 PM. Short wait for shuttle bus for this train.

    Fireworks event start at 515 pm on Friday.