Kiwanis Holiday Lights is 100% volunteer-operated!  This year 60 local volunteer groups are helping 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 “nonprofit tree area.” We are currently at capacity with the number of volunteer groups that are involved, but you're welcome to contact us to be added to the waiting list. 


Since Kiwanis Holiday Lights first t started in 2012, over 14,250 volunteers from over 100 nonprofit organizations have participated with set-up, tear-down and running the event, logging over 100,000 volunteer hours.  Thanks to the donations that are provided by event attendees, $432,000 has been donated to the non-profits who have provided volunteers.

If you’re interested in volunteering, contact one of the groups listed below to inquire if they need assistance with their pre-scheduled volunteer shifts.

Kiwanis Holiday Lights Volunteer Contact Information:

Phone: (507) 385-9129



Aktion Club Theatre on Mankato/Open Arts Minnesota

Anthony Ford Fund


Bethany Lutheran College

Blue Earth County Fair Association
Blue Earth County Historical Society
CADA (Committee Against
Domestic Abuse)

Camp Sweet Life Adventures
Christ the King Lutheran Church

Cornerstone Methodist Church

ECHO Food Shelf

First Presbyterian Church of Mankato

Girl Scout Troop 34494 and 39738

Gustavus Women's Soccer Team
Immanuel Lutheran School
Junior Achievement
Kiwanis Camp Patterson

Kiwanis Club of St. Peter

Lasting Imprint



Loyola Catholic School

Lyle C Pearson Disabled American Veteran Auxiliary Unit 10

Mankato Area BMX

Mankato Area Hockey Association

Mankato Kiwanis Club

Mankato East Baseball

Mankato East Girls Basketball

Mankato East Girls Hockey

Mankato Educare Foundation

Mankato Family YMCA

Mankato Figure Skating Club

Mankato Peppers Softball

Mankato Police Explorers

Mankato Public Schools Lincoln Community Center

Mankato Teacher’s Association

Mankato West Music Booster Club

Mankato West HOSA


Merely Players Community Theatre

Minnesota Valley Action Council

MSU Circle K

MSU Learning Communities

MSU Mavericks - Student Athletes

MSU School Psychology Society

Mt. Olive Lutheran School

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

Risen Savior Lutheran School

Sertoma Club of Greater Mankato

South Central College

St. John's Faith Formation Program

TKE Fraternity

Troop 8 Scouts BSA

Twin Valley Council Boy Scouts

VINE Faith in Action

Wellcome Manor Family Services

Yellow Ribbon Suicide
Prevention Program


What is the minimum age for volunteers?

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.

How can my group volunteer next year?

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

Who benefits from the donations?

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!

How many volunteers have helped?

Over 1,000 people volunteer 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!