Kiwanis Holiday Lights is 100% volunteer-driven.  In 2019 68 local volunteer groups helped 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


American Civil Liberties Union
Blue Earth County Historical Society
CADA (Committee Against Domestic Abuse)
Camp Sweet Life Adventures
Centenary United Methodist Church
Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota
Christ the King Lutheran Church
Cornerstone Methodist Church
Dance Express Booster Club
ECHO Food Shelf
Ecumen Pathstone Living
Girl Scout Troop 34494 and 39738
Gustavus Women’s Soccer Team
Harry Meyering Center
House of Hope
House of Worship
Immanuel Lutheran School
International Student Association
Junior Achievement
Kiwanis Camp Patterson
Kiwanis Club of St. Peter

Loyola Catholic School
Lutheran Social Services of MN (The Reach)
Mankato Area 77 Lancers
Mankato Area BMX
Mankato Ballet Company
Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club
Mankato East Girls Hockey
Mankato Family YMCA
Mankato Figure Skating Club
Mankato Goodwill
Mankato Peppers Softball
Mankato Police Explorers
Mankato Educare Foundation
Mankato Teacher’s Association
Mayo Clinic
Merely Players Community Theatre
Minnesota Valley Action Council
Minnesota Valley Lutheran High School
MSU Circle K
MSU Learning Communities

MSU School Psychology Society
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
Relay for Life
Risen Savior Lutheran School
Sertoma Club of Greater Mankato
South Central College
Trinity Lutheran Church
Troop 8 Scouts BSA
Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts
VINE Faith in Action
Wellcome Manor Family Services
Yellow Ribbon
Anthony Ford Fund
Bethany Lutheran College
MSU Mavericks – Student Athletes


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 over the past eight years and over $367,000 was donated to these organizations in the first seven years of the event. This year, 68 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.  Over the first seven years of the event 74,790 volunteer hours have gone into putting on the event by 12,485 volunteers!