Blue Earth Plaza in downtown Manhattan will soon become a brilliant wonderland of holiday lights with the first ever “Festival of Lights.”
Thousands of lights will sparkle with yuletide color for the very first time. Every night beginning at 5:00 pm a holiday music concert will be presented as the lights on the tree burst into a synchronized light show flashing to traditional holiday songs. These concerts will be presented every 30 minutes from 5pm till 10 pm through New Years Day. The Blue Earth Plaza and surrounding area will be transformed in to a holiday wonderland of lights.
The lighting ceremony for the “Festival of Lights” will be held on Friday November 29 beginning at 7pm. The presentation will include welcome comments from Mayor John Matta, holiday carols, and the arrival of Santa on a horse drawn carriage. Santa and a special guest will have the honor of pulling the switch to illuminate the lights for the very first time.
Those attending the nightly holiday music concerts can tune their auto radios to 88.1 and listen to the holiday music in their vehicles.
Visitors can catch a horse drawn carriage ride that will travel through the “Festival of Lights” as well as downtown Manhattan. Carriage rides will be available from 7pm to 9pm during the inaugural lighting ceremony November 29. Rides will be available every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights, 5pm – 8pm from December 7 – December 22. Rides are free with a donation of non-perishable food to the Manhattan Emergency Shelter.
Special holiday light tours of Manhattan on the MHK Trolley will be offered from the Blue Earth Plaza on the night of the lighting ceremony.
Those in attendance may enjoy hot cider or hot chocolate from Radina’s.
Donations will be accepted on behalf of the Crisis Center, “Girls on the Run” and the Manhattan Emergency Shelter during the holiday season. Look for the donation boxes.
The Festival is free to everyone and free parking is available on site or in the conference center parking garage.
“The Festival of Lights” will run November 29 – January 1 and is free to the public. This is a family friendly event.
The founders of “Festival of Lights” are;
Candlewood Suites, Holiday Inn Express, Hilton Garden Inn and Manhattan Conference Center, Fairfield Inn, Diamond Real Estate Management, Radina’s Bakehouse, CivicPlus and Networks Plus, Downtown Manhattan, Inc., Master Landscape, Q Country 103.5, and The Flint Hills Discovery Center/City of Manhattan.