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THE TOUR

THREE GREAT WAYS TO TAKE THE TOUR

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Walk it.

Walkers should enter off Mound Ave and Park Lane. Parking is available in the CHS parking lots (located off Woodland Ave), near the Ball Fields (off Sibley Parkway), inside Sibley Park (limited availability), and on-street parking near the entrances. Hint:  On busy nights, it’s best for walkers to enter the park from the south, under the train trestle.  Cash and non-perishable food donations are accepted at all entrances.  A free program is also available to all guests.

Drive it.

Vehicles will enter the park on Sibley Parkway, following it all the way around the sledding hill into Sibley Park. Directional signage will help guide you. *Note: Vehicles will be prohibited from entering Woodland Ave., Park Lane and Mound Ave. entrances.  Avoid long lines on weekends by arriving early or by parking outside of Sibley Park and walking through the displays.  However, if you are in line by closing time, you will be allowed to continue through the displays. Cash and non-perishable food donations are glady accepted at the driving entrance.  A free program is also available to all guests.

Bus it.

Chartered bus groups are encouraged to call in advance (507) 385-9129 and leave a message with your information or email info@kiwanisholidaylights.com and will be allowed to enter at special entrance off Mound Avenue.  Passengers are also encouraged to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation.  Step-on guides are available on a limited basis and can be arranged by calling at least 48-hours in advance (a donation to Kiwanis Holiday Lights in the amount of $50-100 is suggested for this service).

KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS MISSION & HISTORY

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The mission of Kiwanis Holiday Lights is to create a celebration of Holiday Lights for the Greater Mankato Area that builds on past traditions and promotes the communities we serve, while raising non-perishable food donations for those in need. Kiwanis Holiday Lights is a program of Mankato Downtown Kiwanis.

The idea of Kiwanis Holiday Lights came from President Scott Wojcik. His hometown of Marshfield, WI has a similar event and he brought the idea to a group of members of the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis club who were looking for a fundraiser that would greatly impact the Mankato community. The idea that Kiwanis Holiday Lights would not only help promote Kiwanis as a whole, but also involve so many other businesses and non-profits from Greater Mankato was a key part of the concept. Preliminary planning started in the spring of 2011 and the idea appealed to many people who remembered the displays on Mary Circle and North Broad Street from past years, including the City of Mankato. The official press release happened in June of 2012 when the Mankato Area Foundation and CHS officially were named as presenting partners, kick-starting the capital campaign to make Kiwanis Holiday Lights a reality.

Sibley Park was chosen as the event site for many factors including location, popularity and traffic flow but mainly because it allowed both pedestrians and vehicles a chance to go through the lights. It was extremely important to have both options for those wanting to view Kiwanis Holiday Lights.

And if any Greater Mankato natives are wondering, the Disney characters are the same ones that we on display at Mary Circle years ago. They have been cleaned and restored for everyone to continue enjoying for years to come!

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Kiwanis is an international organization with nearly 8,000 clubs in 77 countries. The Mankato Downtown Kiwanis club has over 100 service-minded individuals who meet weekly on Mondays at 12:05 pm at the City Center Hotel. Guests are always welcome to join. To learn more about our service club visit www.mankatokiwanis.org. 

Kiwanis Holiday Lights is led by an Executive Team, Board of Directors and Steering Committee.  All Executive Committee members and Board members are also members of the Mankato Kiwanis Club.

2016 Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors
Scott Wojcik – President*
Kyle Mrozek – Vice President*
Justin Mathes – Treasurer*
Chris Roe – Secretary*
Joe Meidl*
Jeremiah Frein
Matt Kearney
Shannon Gullickson
Jaci Lageson
Matt Norland
Tom Rekstein
Sam Schirmers
Shannon Sinning

*Executive Team Member

  • 94Non-Profit Groups in 2015
  • 14Tons of Food Donated in 2015
  • 33In-Kind Sponsors in 2015
  • 4000Santa Visits in 2015
  • 6336Feet in Candy Cane Lane
  • 1850Volunteers in 2015

BECOME A SPONSOR

Learn how you can join in supporting a Greater Mankato holiday tradition! Become a sponsor of Kiwanis Holiday Lights in 2017!

GET INVOLVED

Learn how you can volunteer and share your talent! We are thankful for volunteer assistance from over 80 area non-profit groups.

AROUND TOWN

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