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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. Watch for the bright blue signage directing you to parking areas.  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.

Map of Displays
Google Map of the area

Drive it.

Vehicles must enter the park on SIBLEY PARKWAY, following it all the way around the sledding hill into Sibley Park. Directional signage in Downtown Mankato will help guide you to the route. *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.

Map of Displays
Google Map of the area

Bus it.

Chartered bus groups should call in advance (507) 385-9129 and leave a message with your contact information (including email address).  Approved busses can enter the park at the special bus entrance at 708 Mound Ave. (put this address in your GPS so that you can easily find the bus entrance) and can also exit the park on Mound Ave. or continue to exit the park on Sibley Parkway (but you must take Owatonna St. back to Riverfront Dr in order to avoid the low-clearance trestle at Poplar St.).  Passengers are also encouraged to bring a cash or non-perishable food donation.  Free programs are available for all passengers upon request.  A suggested donation per bus is $50-100.  Notes for Bus Drivers:  Tune your radio to 90.1 FM before entering the lighted driving tunnel so that your passengers can hear the music that is timed to the lights in this part if the display.  Please take care in making the sharp left turn after exiting the tunnel.

Note:  Limousines must enter the park via the Sibley Parkway entrance with other driving traffic.

Map of Displays
Google Map of the area


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 the Mankato Kiwanis Club.

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!

Kiwanis is an international organization with nearly 8,000 clubs in 77 countries. The Mankato 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 

Kiwanis Holiday Lights is led by an Executive Team and Board of Directors.

2020 Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors
Scott Wojcik – President*
Kyle Mrozek – Vice President*
Scott Nelsen – Treasurer*
Chris Roe – Secretary*
Joe Meidl*
Shannon Gullickson*
Matt Kearney
Matt Norland
Tom Rekstein
Jon Guentzel
Karen Rekstein
John Kind
Jaci Lageson
Rebeckah Maday

*Executive Team Member

  • 84Non-Profit Volunteer Groups in 2016
  • 1.5Million LED Lights
  • 51Business Sponsors in 2016
  • 4500Santa Visits in 2016
  • 6336Feet in Candy Cane Lane
  • 1735Volunteers in 2016


Learn how you can join in supporting a Greater Mankato holiday tradition! Become a sponsor of Kiwanis Holiday Lights in 2021!


Learn how you can volunteer and share your talent! We are thankful for volunteer assistance from 68 area non-profit groups in 2019!


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