ABOUT KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS

This celebration of holiday lights for the Greater Mankato area and region builds on past traditions and promotes the communities we serve, while raising non-perishable food donations for those in need. Admission is free for everyone. Non-perishable food and cash donations are accepted and appreciated.

Please note, we only collect cash and food donations within the lights display area in Sibley Park. No other organizations or individuals have been approved to collect donations on behalf of Kiwanis Holiday Lights.

 

Kiwanis Holiday Lights is a project of the Mankato Kiwanis Club.

To learn more about our service club visit www.mankatokiwanis.org.

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Click on the image above to see the 2022 Program!

A printed version is FREE to all who visit Kiwanis Holiday Lights.

KIWANIS HOLIDAY LIGHTS HISTORY & MISSION

History

The original Kiwanis Holiday Lights idea came from Kiwanis Holiday Lights President, Scott Wojcik. His hometown of Marshfield, Wisconsin 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, including the City of Mankato, who remembered the displays on Mary Circle and North Broad Street from past years. 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.

Mission

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.

Leadership

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

2022 Kiwanis Holiday Lights Board of Directors

Executive Team 

Board Members

Scott Wojcik – President
Kyle Mrozek – Vice President

Scott Nelsen – Treasurer
Chris Roe – Secretary
Joe Meidl - At Large
Shannon Gullickson - At Large

Rebeckah Maday - At Large 

Matt Kearney

Matt Norland

Tom Rekstein

Jon Guentzel
Karen Rekstein
John Kind
Jaci Lageson

Laura Stevens

Lori Maday

Mike Neidt

Past Board Members of Kiwanis Holiday Lights

2012 Founding Board Members

Received Rotary's Service to Mankind Award

BECOME A SPONSOR

Learn how you can join in supporting a Greater Mankato holiday tradition! Become a sponsor of Kiwanis Holiday Lights in 2022!

AROUND TOWN

See what else is happening around town while you're here for Kiwanis Holiday Lights!

GET INVOLVED

Learn how you can volunteer and share your talent! We are thankful for volunteer assistance from 66 area non-profit groups in 2022!