It's the most wonderful time of the year! Join us for the 7th annual Festival of Lights in the Blue Earth Plaza on Friday November 29th in Manhattan, Kansas. Santa and his elves will be lighting the biggest holiday tree in Kansas at 7pm, so come on down to enjoy a hot chocolate next to the fire, listen to the music and be a part of the magic!
The spectacular tree lighting ceremony is a FREE community event which includes local choirs, holiday festivities, winter food and beverages as well as lots and lots of lights! The Festival of Lights is brought to you by local businesses, bringing together the Manhattan community to begin the holiday season.
So, come on down to Blue Earth Plaza on November 29th at 7pm. It's not what’s under the tree that matters, it's who’s gathered around it.
May your family traditions during the holidays begin at the tree!
NOVEMBER 29th, 2019 at 7PM
TREE LIGHTING CEREMONY
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. The Festival of Lights has been embraced by Manhattan for seven years now 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.
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 Master Landscape, 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.
Be part of something spectacular!
Master landscape, inc.
Kansas Pro Sound
Charlson & Wilson Insurance Agency
Holiday Inn Express & Suites
kstate CREDIT UNION
Steel & Pipe Supply Company
Thomas Outdoor Advertising
Tri City Fence
Community First National Bank
Hayden & Kohlmeier Orthodontics
Holiday Display Services
Midwest Concrete Materials
Palmer Law Group LLP
Redi Systems, Inc
Site Box Storage
JS Sign & Awning
Bayer Construction Company, Inc.
Capitol Federal Savings
Central National Bank
City of Manhattan
ERA High Pointe Realty
Holiday Inn at the Campus
Jerry & Belinda Snyder
Landmark National Bank
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
Manhattan Parks & Recreation Department
Meraki Rouse Home Design
AJ's NY Pizzeria
Bob & Tracey DeBruyn
Christian & Associates Real Estate
Coldwell Banker Real Estate Advisors
Bourbon & Baker
Charlson & Wilson Bonded Abstracters
Downtown Manhattan, Inc.
Jason "The Grinch" Disberger
Seaton, Seaton & Dierks
Gary & Elaine Gordon
Jayson & Elizabeth Cyr
Manhattan Fire Dept
The Garcia Family
Haven Realty Group a KW One Legacy Partner