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AT THE  BLUE EARTH PLAZA

MANHATTAN, KANSAS

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Celebrating 10 years of the Manhattan Festival of Lights!

Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

November 25th, 2022 at 7pm

While you're in your in the Blue Earth Plaza, don't forget to tune in to 88.1 FM & watch the lights dance to the music!

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Our Tree Lighting Ceremony will be
held on Friday, November 25th. Santa
will be lighting the tall, tall tree at 7 p.m.
Come enjoy this free one-of-a-kind
illumination spectacular that includes
local choirs, holiday festivities, and of
course - lots and lots of lights!

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Join us Saturday, December 3rd from
11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at the Festival of Lights
Family Christmas Carnival. There will be
free games and activities for all ages to
enjoy. Plus free Wonderbags
packed full of goodies for all
children who attend.

 

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!

Our #MHKTraditions are not possible without the help and support from local elves like yourself. Help us continue our traditions and make our 10th year the best one yet!

Now on Venmo @WhovilleMHK

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5
GOLDEN RINGS
$10,000+
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2022

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Kansas Fencing, Inc.
Master landscape, inc.
candlewood suites
c&W insurance
Fairfield Inn
Foley equipment

Heineken Electric
kansas pro sound
holiday inn express & suites

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

city of manhattan
Community First National BanK

era high pointe realty

holiday display services

Midwest Concrete Materials

palmer law group

thomas outdoor signs & graphics

wtc

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Aj's ny pizzeria

vista drive in

wynn & Mary ann butler

Bayer Construction

BRIGGSAUTO.COM

Capitol Federal Savings

Central National Bank

civicplus

coldwell banker real estate advisors

home depot

Jerry & Belinda Snyder

JS Sign & Awning

kan aerial

KS STATEBANK

LANDMARK NATIONAL BANK

mks web design

Manhattan Chamber of Commerce

Manhattan Parks & Recreation Dept

meraki rouse home staging

schwab eaton

pepsi

SITEBOX STORAGE

2
turtle doves
$1,000+
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Santa's
helpers
$999 & under

COMMERCE BANK

bhs construction

HOLIDAY INN AT THE CAMPUS

BASKIN-ROBBINS

bill & sharon snyder

downtown manhattan, inc.

eileen's cookies manhattan

k-state army rotc

mark & ann knackendoffel

THE TRUST COMPANY

Manhattan fire department

gary & Elaine Gordon

AGGIEVILLE BUSINESS ASSOCIATION

Blue skies brass quintet

Rcpd bbq team

riley county ems

the grinch by jacob disberger

kenny fischer

flint hills volunteer center

jayson & libby cyr

the fridge

amo's whoville express

 

Thank you all for your generous support!

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