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AT THE  BLUE EARTH PLAZA

MANHATTAN, KANSAS

 

*Update*  On December 15, 2021 the State of Kansas endured a horrible wind storm. The 65 foot tree and the other features were severely damaged and were not able to be put back up before Christmas. While the main attractions for Festival of Lights have been relocated for repair and storage, there are still thousands of lights in the area for visitors to enjoy.  The tree will not be back in 2021, but Whoville representatives will ensure it is back for the 10th anniversary in 2022. 

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Special thanks for helping us

clean up after Storm Grinch...
You are very much appreciated!

 

Midwest Concrete Materials

Icon Investments

Manhattan Parks and Recreation

Manhattan Hilton Garden Inn (Brad, Jay & Rodney)

City of Manhattan, Kansas - Municipal Government (Electrician and staff)

Jerry Snyder

Holiday Display Services

SiteBox Storage

Master Landscape, Inc

Star Lumber & Supply

 

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

"The Festival of Lights has become our family's favorite tradition. Every year just after Thanksgiving, we meet at the tree and celebrate the season of giving."

 

—  Patti C., MHK Local

 

THE FESTIVAL OF LIGHTS IS BROUGHT

TO YOU BY LOCAL BUSINESSES 

FOR THE GREATER MANHATTAN COMMUNITY

Whoville, Inc. is a group of local Manhattan business owners and community leaders who love to give back. They formed a not-for-profit collective in order to create the Festival of Lights.

 

Their mission is to bring our community closer together by providing curated events and magical displays that are open to the public throughout the holidays. Since it began in 2013 the Festival of Lights has been embraced by the Manhattan community and has become a place to create family traditions and lifetime memories.  The Festival of Lights is fully funded annually by generous local individuals and businesses.  

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IT ALL STARTED WITH AN IDEA...

It was springtime in 2013, tulips blossoming, trees swaying in the wind...and the foundation at the south end of Manhattan freshly settled. Poyntz Avenue was shaping up with new businesses opening and just beyond, the town had expanded to include a diverse array of new opportunities for our community: The Discovery Center, Hilton Garden Inn, Blue Earth Place, Candlewood Suites and Fairfield Inn anchored the newly named Blue Earth Plaza, and in 2014 were followed by Radina’s Bakehouse, CivicPlus and the Holiday Inn Express & Suites.

It was longtime local businessman, Colin Noble, who first had the vision to inaugurate the area with a grand holiday tree in Blue Earth Plaza. He called upon Brad Everett & Gwyn Riffel to expand the idea, wherein Wade Radina joined, ultimately forming Whoville, Inc. It was this group of leaders, together with Ward Morgan and June Schnittker of Master Landscape, Inc. who caused a simple idea of a holiday tree to expand into Manhattan's Festival of Lights! And so the overarching goal in one short year has grown into a commitment by this group and many more to hold an annual event at the beginning of the holiday season to bring our community together in celebration.

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Be part of something spectacular!

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5
GOLDEN RINGS
$10,000+
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2021

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Master landscape, inc.
Kansas Fencing, Inc.
Fairfield Inn
Foley equipment

Heineken Electric
kansas pro sound
kstate CREDIT UNION
radina's bakehouse
steel & pipe supply company

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4
Calling Birds
$5,000+
3
french hens
$2,500+

hy-vee
Community First National Bank

holiday inn express & suites
CANDLEWOOD SUITES

Charlson & Wilson Insurance Agency

era high pointe realty

holiday display services

MERAKI ROUSE HOME staging

Midwest Concrete Materials

palmer law group

realty executives - weis real estate

thomas outdoor advertising

wtc

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BANK OF THE FLINT HILLS

Bayer Construction

BRIGGSAUTO.COM

Capitol Federal Savings

Central National Bank

City of Manhattan

civicplus

coldwell banker real estate advisors

home depot

Jerry & Belinda Snyder

JS Sign & Awning

KS STATEBANK

LANDMARK NATIONAL BANK

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Parks & Recreation Department

SITEBOX STORAGE

bill & sharon snyder

vista drive in

Hayden & Kohlmeier orthodontics

2
turtle doves
$1,000+
 
Santa's
helpers
$50+
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WYNN & MARY ANN BUTLER

HOLIDAY INN AT THE CAMPUS

bhs construction

BASKIN-ROBBINS

BOB & TRACEY DEBRUYN

COMMERCE BANK

ihg army hotels
kansas lumber homestore

mark & ann knackendoffel

THE TRUST COMPANY 

AJ'S NY PIZZERIA

THE FRIDGE

Manhattan fire department

MCCULLOUGH DEVELOPMENT

JAYSON & ELIZABETH CYR

bcl properties

AGGIEVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
jason, melissa, calvin & carina scuilla

gary & Elaine gordon

byron & michele lewis

rhonda cook

riley county police department

riley county ems

usha reddi & brian niehoff

Blue skies brass quintet

Thank you all for your generous support!

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