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AT THE  BLUE EARTH PLAZA

MANHATTAN, KANSAS

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In accordance with local ordinances,

The Festival of Lights Online Illumination Celebration

will be aired Friday November 27th, 2020 at 7pm on Facebook Live!

The grand display can be enjoyed from November 27 through January 1st. Please practice social distancing and personal safety measures, or view from your car and tune your radio to 88.1FM to watch the lights dance to music! Plus drop a letter in Santa's mailbox and expect a reply!

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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. The Festival of Lights has been embraced by Manhattan for eight 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 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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Master landscape, inc.

Thomas Outdoor Advertising

Charlson & Wilson Insurance Agency

Fairfield Inn

Heineken Electric

Hy-Vee

kstate CREDIT UNION

radina's bakehouse

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

FOLEY EQUIPMENT

KANSAS FENCING, INC.

Community First National Bank

CANDLEWOOD SUITES

Holiday Display Services

MERAKI ROUSE HOME DESIGN

MERITRUST CREDIT UNION

Midwest Concrete Materials

THE MERCURY

Palmer Law Group LLP

BANK OF THE FLINT HILLS

HAYDEN & KOHLMEIER ORTHODONTICS

WTC

Bayer Construction Company, Inc.

BRIGGS AUTO.COM

Capitol Federal Savings

Central National Bank

City of Manhattan

ERA High Pointe Realty

HOME DEPOT

Insomnia Cookies

Jerry & Belinda Snyder

JS Sign & Awning

KANSAS PRO SOUND

KS STATE BANK

LANDMARK NATIONAL BANK

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Parks & Recreation Department

SITE BOX STORAGE

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turtle doves
$1,000+
5
GOLDEN RINGS
$10,000+
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Santa's
helpers
$50+

BASKIN-ROBBINS

VISTA DRIVE IN

BILL & SHARON SNYDER

BOB & TRACEY DEBRUYN

CIVIC PLUS

COLDWELL BANKER REAL ESTATE ADVISORS

COMMERCE BANK

HOLIDAY INN EXPRESS & SUITES

J SALON

WYNN & MARY ANN BUTLER

ENDACOTT LIGHTING

THE TRUST COMPANY 

AJ'S NY PIZZERIA

MCCULLOUGH DEVELOPMENT

JAYSON & ELIZABETH CYR

USHA REDDI

AGGIEVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

ARTHUR-GREEN LLP

HOLIDAY INN AT THE CAMPUS

KATHY AND MARK FARR

MELISSA SCUILLA

RONDA COOK

AARON EASTEABROOK & DANITA MACDONALD

GARY & ELAINE GORDON

MICHEAL & BOBI HOOVER

PATRICIA HUGHES

MICHAEL PENROD & JUDITH SIMINOE

MEREDITH PENROD