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Bus Trip to the “Festival of Lights” at the Mission Inn in Downtown Riverside

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  • Continue the HOLIDAY fun with a bus trip ...  afternoon and early evening activities in downtown Riverside. The trip is through Adult Customized Tours (ACT). All ACT tours include round trip deluxe motorcoach transportation, water and a light snack en route. We reserved 10 spots for the trip.  The ACT cost for the trip is $65.00. This does not include dinner. 

    The main event is the annual Festival of Lights, at the Spanish-style Riverside Mission Inn. This is one of California’s most famous light extravaganzas with over 2 million lights along with animated characters and sculptures which decorate the entire façade - a feat that takes 20 workers 10 weeks to accomplish! A huge Christmas tree, Santa Claus, the world’s largest mistletoe, and horse-drawn carriage rides further ramp up the holiday spirit.

    The cost of the trip includes a 90 minute guided tour of the historic Mission Inn, where presidents and celebrities have flocked since 1876.  After the tour, we’ll explore Main Street which is an outside walking mall filled with musicians and strolling carolers, as well as a variety of stores, restaurants and cafes.

    The Mission Inn lights are turned on at 5:00 pm and there will be free time to enjoy supper at one of the Main Street eateries.  The bus departs Riverside between 7:30 pm-8:00 pm for the return trip.

    A Lin Lines bus is available for those who want to depart from Palm Desert.  The pickup is at 12:00 pm in the parking area by the Sam’s Club gas station in Palm Desert on Monterey/Dinah Shore. There will be an ACT escort at the bus pickup site. The bus then goes into Palm Springs to pickup guests at 12:30 pm at the ACT office located at 1301 N. Palm Canyon Dr., Ste. 206, Palm Springs, CA 92262.

    Once you RSVP on Meetup to reserve your spot for the bus trip, you are responsible for making payment directly to ACT.  Payment must be received by ACT on or before Tuesday, November 29th.  Payment can be made to ACT by check or credit card.  A check for $65 can be mailed to ACT at the address above or call ACT at[masked] to make payment with a credit card.  When making payment reference Desert Baby Boomers so you are added to the list for our trip!

    ***IMPORTANT: Before reserving a spot on Meetup, please read ACT’s Booking and Cancellation Policies which are inserted below***

    ACT Booking and cancellation policies:  Reserving space on a day tour is simple—phone our office and indicate how many spaces you would like (Please note: Desert Baby Boomers has already reserved 10 spots).  No money is required when making a booking, unless the trip is within two weeks of operation.  Canceling before payment is collected incurs no penalty.  All cancellations after a credit card payment is made incur a 5% processing fee.  For cancellations made less than 15 days before a trip operates, amount of refund will depend on whether tickets, meals, and extra costs were incurred in procuring the reservations. Cancellations less than a week of tour date—no refund or credit.

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  • Janice T

    I'm actually going on this trip with a girlfriend so I'll see you on the bus


  • Louis W

    Just finished booking with Tina. I mentioned I was with the "Baby Boomers". Really looking forward to this event.

    6 days ago

    • Lynne L.

      Yes, I think it will be fun!!!!!!

      1 · 6 days ago

  • Louis W

    I am going to RSVP yes. Loss track of the cut-off time. Will reserve with ACT on 11/30.

    1 · November 29

  • colleen k.

    I have book club, and I am leader of discussion.
    Have fun.

    November 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi, Glad you could use that ACT info I brought to the Feedback group. They are a worthwhile organization and fun day trips! Prices are reasonable for what you get too. Very cool!!

    November 13

    • Lynne L.

      Yes Deby, Thanks so much for the info ... It is one of the great things that came out of that event. 🌺

      1 · November 13

  • Anne

    Sorry to miss... working all day.

    November 11

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