The Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors is pleased to announce $81,000 will be donated to the 60 nonprofits.


Additional statistics include:

  • Just over 200,000 people attended the 36-day event in 2021 (an average of nearly 5,556 attendees per night)
  • 12 tons of food was donated to 19 regional food shelves
  • 5,000 children visited Santa in his workshop on weekends
  • Winning Nonprofit Decorated Trees were: 
  • 1st Place $300 prize: BENCHS
  • 2nd Place $200 prize: Mankato Family YMCA
  • 3rd Place $100 prize: Girl Scout Troop 34494 & 39738
    • The Mankato Area Figure Skating Club received the $500 prize for designing the winning Opening Night Parade float
    • All set-up was completed over 10 days during the five weekends prior to opening
    • All tear-down was completed in 4 days in early January
    • $81,000 will be donated to the 60 nonprofit groups that provided 2,474 volunteers and contributed 14,450 hours assisting with set-up, tear-down and evening volunteer help during the event.  Remaining proceeds will go to help offset expenses and to improve the event in future years.

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  • 60+ Greater Mankato businesses participated as cash or in-kind sponsors, showing continued support for the annual event
  • The event remains completely volunteer led and operated
  • The opening parade and lighting ceremony for the 2022 Kiwanis Holiday Lights season will be November 25, 2022.