Visit Mankato–Christmas Lights Festival

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Christmas is coming, Christmas is coming!

Children are at their brightest during the Holiday season, don’t you think? Their faces are shining, their eyes are bright, they even seem to have an extra bounce to their already bouncy steps.

They get Christmas. They understand that this time of year the world around them seems to get a bit brighter, happier, and festive. And children thrive on it.

I have always tried to take time each Holiday season to bring our kids to festivities and events around the Holiday season that foster this love for the season. Holiday events seem to bring out the best in people, the kindest of the kind, and the giggles in even the most stern of people. I try to teach my children that the world and people in it are good. There are lots and lots of good people.

What better way then Holiday activities and events, right!?!

If you are able to make the trip to Mankato, MN you will find one of the best and brightest of the Holiday events…

Pat Christman Cars travel through the lighted tunnel at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights as the rest of Sibley Park shines behind it last week. The park is lit up for 33 nights this Christmas season.
Pat Christman
Cars travel through the lighted tunnel at the Kiwanis Holiday Lights as the rest of Sibley Park shines behind it last week. The park is lit up for 33 nights this Christmas season.

The Mankato Holiday Lights event runs from November 27th until December 31st and features over 1 million LED lights you can walk or drive through. It is so much fun to watch children’s faces (okay, even adults!) when they see it!

When you go, be sure not to miss the ice skating, sleigh rides, or reindeer. Children of all ages love to see that!

And of course, smile and giggle at the joy and cheer from those around you. It’s contagious, people!


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7 thoughts on “Visit Mankato–Christmas Lights Festival”

  1. Great. Saturday’s are busiest, Friday second busiest but if you are thinking of coming up I can discuss that more then.

  2. Let me know if you decide to make a trip up to Duluth, I would love to meet you and give you an insiders tour of Bentleyville.

  3. Oh how I love these little spots around the country of festivity and joy! Free coffee, cocoa, and cookies? Generosity never goes out of style, does it? I personally adore Duluth and think it’s one charming town full of cool things to see and do…all year long! A lot like my town of Stillwater :).

  4. If you are interested in another fabulous light display come on up to Duluth to see Bentleyville. It is a walk through display that is open until December 27. Free admission, free coffee, hot cocoa, cookies, popcorn and marshmallows to roast on the many fire pits. Santa is there every night until December 23 and gives out a free knit stocking cap and bag of cookies to every child ten and under who sees him. It is also a drop off for donations of food and toys for Salvation Army. It is a wonderful community event. A couple from Stillwater volunteer there regularly.

    A woman who lives nearby on Park Point at 3739 S. Lake Ave also has an incredible walk through display in her back yard where she welcomes visitors to her lights, fire pit, cottage with not cider and warming area. She has been nationally featured several times for her display which goes all the way down to the water of Lake Superior.

  5. No way!! You are practically a Minnesotan ;). Especially if you’ve been here in the winter. For an extended time. On purpose :).

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