Robin Thicke to perform at 26th Anniversary Festival of Lights Switch-On Ceremony
Riverside’s Festival of Lights is boosting its star power for the second year in a row with Robin Thicke.
The R&B/soul singer will perform at the event’s switch-on ceremony, which takes place at dusk on Nov. 23, the day after Thanksgiving. The Mission Inn Hotel and Spa, which puts on the annual holiday display, made the announcement Tuesday night in a Facebook post, calling the performance a gift to the community from the resort’s owners, Duane and Kelly Roberts.
Thicke will perform holiday songs and his own music. Last year, the festival booked Kenny Loggins to mark its 25th anniversary. The pop star performed on a stage set up at Mission Inn Avenue and Orange Street. His 30-minute set included hits such as “Footloose, “I’m Alright,” and “The House on Pooh Corner.”
Thicke’s musical output includes “Blurred Lines,” “Give It 2 U,” and “Lost Without U.” Recently he has been known for the reality TV series “Real Husbands of Hollywood.” His late father Alan Thicke was a TV star as well, known for the series “Growing Pains.”
Last weekend, Robin Thicke lost his Malibu house in the Woolsey Fire, a fact that was not mentioned in the Mission Inn Facebook post.
The festival’s switch-on ceremony is apt to be crowded. Last year’s festival saw a 58 percent increase in attendance during its six-week run, from 475,000 to 750,000 people, according to an economic impact report done for the city.
Last year’s festival featured heightened security in the wake of the mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest Festival in Las Vegas. This year’s security will be comparable, according to Margery Haupt, Arts & Cultural Affairs manager for the city.
The Festival of Lights was launched by the Roberts, who annually decorate their resort with more than 5 million holiday lights as well as festive figures. The city fills the adjoining Main Street Pedestrian Mall with attractions such as rides, food vendors and live entertainment.
Festival of Lights Switch-on Ceremony
When: Event kicks off at noon; ceremonies start at 4:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23
Where: Mission Inn Hotel & Spa, 3649 Mission Inn Ave., and adjoining pedestrian mall, in Riverside.