Kiwanis Holiday Lights is 100% volunteer-driven.  This year over 80 local volunteer groups will help with set-up, tear-down and nightly duties during the event.  Each volunteer group has the opportunity to enter a float in the opening night parade as well as decorate a tree in the “non-profit tree area.”  We are currently at capacity with the number of volunteer groups that are involved, but you are welcome to contact us to be added to the waiting list.  Also, if you’re interested in volunteering, contact one of the groups listed below to see if they need assistance with their pre-scheduled volunteer shifts.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Contact Information:

Phone: (507) 385-9129


Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota-North Dakota Chapter
Anthony Ford Fund
Bethany Lutheran College
Betsy Tacy Society
Blue Earth Nicollet County Humane Society (BENCHS)
Committee Against Domestic Abuse (CADA)
Camp Sweet Life Adventures
Centenary United Methodist Church
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Cornerstone Methodist Church, Lake Crystal
Dance Express Booster Club
Disabled American Lyle C Pearson Veterans Auxiliary Unit 10 Mankato
ECHO Food Shelf
Ecumen Pathstone Living
Girl Scouts Troops 34494 and 33752
Gustavus Women’s Soccer Team
Habitat for Humanity
Harry Meyering Center
Holiday Sharing Tree
House of Hope, Inc.
House of Worship
Immanuel Lutheran School Mankato (K–12)
International Student Association and International Center at MSU
Junior Achievement

Kiwanis Aktion Club
Kiwanis Camp Patterson
Kiwanis Club of St. Peter
Leisure Education for Exceptional People (LEEP)
LeSueur Boy Scout Troop 328
Lifeworks Services, Inc.
Loyola Catholic School
Lutheran Social Service of MN (The Reach)
Mankato Area BMX
Mankato Area Mountain Bikers
Mankato Area Public Schools & Community Education
Mankato Ballet Company
Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club
Mankato East Girls Hockey
Mankato Elk’s Veterans Car Show
Mankato Figure Skating Club
Mankato Peppers Softball
Mankato Police Explorers
Mankato Teachers’ Association
Mankato Area Youth Baseball Association (MAYBA)
Mayo Clinic Health System – Mankato Health Care Foundation
Merely Players Community Theatre
Minnesota Valley Action Council
Miracle League of North Mankato
MSU Circle K
MSU Learning Communities
MSU Mavericks – Student Athletes
MSU School Psychology Society
Mt. Olive Lutheran School

National Alliance for Mental Illness (NAMI)
North Kato Explorers, Nicollet County 4-H Club
North Mankato Firefighters Relief Association
One Bright Star
Open Door Health Center
Optimist Club of Minnesota Valley
Partners for Affordable Housing
Phi Sigma Pi Epsilon Lambda Chapter
Risen Savior Lutheran School
School Sisters of Notre Dame
Sertoma Club of Greater Mankato
SMILES Center for Independent Living
South Central College
St. Joe’s Youth Group
Tau Kappa Epsilon Fraternity (TKE)
Trinity Lutheran Church
Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts
VINE Faith in Action
Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program


During the weekend days of set-up and tear-down we encourage volunteers of any age. On the nights of the event, we ask that volunteers are at least 16 years old for safety reasons.

The best way is to email The Volunteer Committee works on determining the non-profit groups late in the summer.

All the non-profit groups who volunteer their time for helping set up, volunteering during the event and taking down the displays receive a share of the donations given to Kiwanis Holiday Lights. They also receive an opportunity to have a float in the parade and decorate a tree in the non-profit tree area. Over 100 groups have volunteered their time and over $180,000 was donated in the first four years of the event. This year, over 80 groups will volunteer!

Over 1,000 people have volunteered their time each year.  On average, over 10,000 volunteer hours go into putting on Kiwanis Holiday Lights each winter.