Mark your calendar for Friday November 26, 2021!

Opening Night Parade: 

Be sure to arrive early!  The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 26, 2021 with a brief Lighting Ceremony to follow (est time 6:45 pm)! This event is organized by Girl Scouts Greater Mankato Service Unit.  The parade route runs along Mound Ave. starting at Rodgers St. and continues into Sibley Park, where it ends near the band shell.  Click here for a parade map.

The lights display will open to driving traffic starting at 8 p.m. on opening night in order to ensure the safety of the large number of pedestrians in the area following the parade. (The line for driving traffic starts to form early in the evening.)

People attending the parade are encouraged to arrive early to find parking and to account for the possibility of trains crossing the streets in the area (Mound Ave. will be closed to traffic west of Hubbell Street starting at 5 pm until after the parade ends).  Bring lawn chairs and blankets for along the parade route, and be sure to dress your family for the weather!  There will be extremely limited seating in the warming house near the end of the parade.

Parking is available in designated parking lots/areas denoted on the map below.  On-street parking is also available.  There is no parking along the parade route.

We’ll see you on Opening Night 2021!


Visit Santa After Parade until 9 p.m.

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides:


Have your picture taken by the #onlyinmn monument!

Located near the concessions building!

Night Sponsors:

Mankato Area Foundation & CHS

Volunteer Groups:


Skating Rink Warming House:

Open After Parade to 10 p.m. (Bring your own skates!)

Food Shelf: