Friday November 23, 2018!

Opening Night Parade: 

Be sure to arrive early!  The parade will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, November 23  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.

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!


Visit Santa After Parade until 9 p.m.

Carousel Rides

$2 per person

Have your picture taken by the #onlyinmn monument!

Located near the concessions building through Dec. 12

Horse Drawn Wagon Rides:

Due to the parade on opening night and increased traffic on opening weekend, Horse Drawn Wagon Rides will start on Nov. 30, 2018

Night Sponsors:

Mankato Area Foundation & CHS

Volunteer Groups:

Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club

Skating Rink Warming House:

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

Food Shelf:

New Ulm Area Emergency Food Shelf