Celebrating 11 years of the Manhattan Festival of Lights!
We had such a great time at the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony!
Thank you to all of our 2023 Sponsors for making this possible.
Every night throughout the holiday season
you are welcome to visit the Blue Earth Plaza
to watch one of the biggest holiday trees
in Kansaslight up and dance to music!
Tune in to 88.1 FM to watch the lights sync
with your car radio's holiday tunes!
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.
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.
Be part of something spectacular!
Our #MHKTraditions are not possible without the help and support from local elves like yourself. Help us continue our traditions and make our 11th year the best one yet!
Jerry & Belinda Snyder
Kansas Fencing, Inc.
Master landscape, inc.
Joann goldstein family
kansas pro sound
steel & pipe supply company
holiday display services
Community First National BanK
Midwest Concrete Materials
palmer law group
thomas outdoor signs & graphics
bourbon & baker
Aj's ny pizzeria
amo's whoville express
holiday inn at the campus
Central National Bank
Manhattan Parks & Recreation Dept
the city of manhattan
wynn & Mary ann butler
little apple post
JS Sign & Awning
m home staging
Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
$999 & under
seaton law firm
manhattan wrecker service
manhattan fire department
riley county police department
mark & ann knackendoffel
THE TRUST COMPANY
pepsi of manhattan
jayson & libby cyr
charlie & pat hughes
gary & Elaine Gordon
AGGIEVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION
Blue skies brass quintet
robert & tracey debruyn
82nd brigade battalion group
ksu military affairs
charlson and wilson abstractors
lee & jackie hartman borck
landmark national bank