Twelfth Night

NOTICE: The Horse-drawn Trolley for the 4:45 seating has SOLD OUT, but you
can still attend by purchasing tickets for the Motor Trolley or Walking Tour.
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Twelfth Night 2017
Saturday, January 7, 2017

NOTICE: The Horse-drawn Trolley for the 4:45 seating has SOLD OUT, but you can still attend! If you wish to attend the 4:45 seating, please purchase tickets for the Motor Trolley or Walking Tour.

Old Riverside Foundation's 2017 Twelfth Night Celebration is a progressive dinner with the meal’s courses served at three different locations. The event supports historic preservation while highlighting Riverside’s history. The 2017 event will again offer our customary horse-drawn trolley ride as well as motorized trolley or walking tour options.

Guests are encouraged to dress in attire from Riverside's early days in the late 1800s. Many of our guests attend with groups of friends and neighbors. If you are attending with a group, be sure to purchase tickets to the same tour and seating time.

Once you've purchased your ticket(s) you will receive a confirmation letter with arrival instructions that will include directions, parking, and arrival time.

Tickets are available online via PayPal (at right) and may be purchased with any credit card (PayPal account is not necessary). To purchase tickets by postal mail, please fill out the ticket form and mail it with your check to:

Old Riverside Foundation
c/o Carol McDoniel
3739 Elmwood Court
Riverside, CA 92506

Event Info

This year, there are two seating times (4:45 & 6:45) and three tour options (Walking Tour, Motorized Trolley, or Horse-drawn Trolley). Prices are as follows:
  • $80 - Dinner & Walking Tour
  • $90 - Dinner & Motorized Trolley
  • $105 - Dinner & Horse-drawn Trolley (4:45 p.m. SOLD OUT)

Dinner Times: 4:45 p.m. & 6:45 p.m.
Dinner Selection: Beef, Chicken, or Vegetarian

For detailed info, please click Event Information (PDF).
More questions? Email TwelfthNight@oldriverside.org or call (951) 683-2725.

About Twelfth Night

Twelfth Night is a traditional Christmas celebration, steeped in history and tradition in many European countries. The early European settlers of the United States naturally brought many of the traditions of their home countries with them, including all the celebrations of the winter and Christmas season. In the same manner, early residents of Riverside (incorporated in 1883) established the traditions of their day, so a Victorian Twelfth Night became one of Riverside's early celebrations. Ironically, back in the 1870's era Victorian England, Queen Victoria had banned Twelfth Night as a feast day because it had become a time of mischief and over indulgence rather than a religious celebration.

The Old Riverside Foundation has brought back the tradition with some of the old feel and some newer ideas. Traditionally, Twelfth Night is on January 5th (the 12th day after Christmas), and has for centuries been the culmination of the 12-day Christmas season (thus the Twelve Days of Christmas holiday song). Guests are encouraged to join in the spirit of Riverside's original Twelfth Night Celebrations by wearing period dress or semi-formal attire.


Annual Meeting

Annual Meeting 2016: October 16, 2016 (in conjunction with Annual Awards)
Location: Benedict Castle (5445 Chicago Avenue, Riverside)
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: president@oldriverside.org

Open to ORF members, this important afternoon lunch meeting is where members hear a report of the Foundation's activities, hear a featured speaker, and vote on the Board of Directors.


Awards Presentation & Reception

annual awards

Awards 2016: October 16, 2016 (in conjunction with Annual Meeting)
Location: Benedict Castle (5445 Chicago Avenue, Riverside)
Time: 4 p.m.
Contact: awards@oldriverside.org

An afternoon event that showcases some of the year's best public, commercial and private historic preservation projects in Riverside County. Every year, the Old Riverside Foundation honors painstaking restoration, diligent maintenance, and good adaptive reuse through its annual Awards Presentation & Reception.


Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire

Home Tour 2016: May 14, 2016 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Contact: hometour@oldriverside.org

Each year, Old Riverside Foundation features fine examples of the many styles of architecture prevalent in Riverside at the height of its prosperity. Different homes are open each year to give visitors a glimpse into the lives of Riversiders from different eras. The annual event is held in May on the Saturday following Mother's Day.

In addition to the opportunity to tour some of Riverside's beautiful vintage homes, the Restoration Faire features a tour of the Old Riverside Foundation's freshly restored headquarters — the Peter J. Weber House — and a host of booths featuring antiques, crafts, restoration services, and salvage items for your home and garden.

25th Annual Vintage Home Tour & Restoration Faire
Date: Saturday, May 14, 2016 | Time: 10 a.m - 4 p.m.
Tickets: $20 (pre-sale); ($22 day of tour at Weber House - 1510 University Avenue, Riverside)
Purchase tickets below using credit/debit card via PayPal (PayPal account NOT required; last day to purchase via PayPal is 10 p.m. Friday, May 13th)

Download the flyer for more info and other ticket locations.

Download & print the map for tour locations.


Old Riverside Foundation is dedicated to the preservation and restoration of the built environment in Riverside County, California. Our Facebook page has more information, or visit our Advocacy page.

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