Live Ice Carving in Sibley Park Friday, December 20 and Saturday, December 21

    December 18th, 2019

    Final weekend to visit Santa!

    Mankato, MN – Ice Carving has become a tradition at Kiwanis Holiday Lights and this weekend skilled ice carvers Joe Christensen and Adam Scholljegerdes of Sakatah Carvers will create a festive holiday train from 24 solid blocks of crystal-clear ice weighing 300 lbs each.

    Because of the sculpture’s new location this year along the driving loop, carving will be visible to those who choose to drive or walk said Kiwanis Holiday Lights President Scott Wojcik.

    Sculpting will start at 4 p.m. on Friday Afternoon near the farm area in Mankato’s Sibley Park and will be completed Saturday evening. Holes will then be drilled in the sculpture and LED lights will be inserted so that it will glow brightly with colorful lights. The Holiday Train will remain as long as weather permits.

    In addition, this is the final weekend to visit Santa. He’ll greet children in his house, located in the farm area, 5-9 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

    Kiwanis Holiday Lights is open each night through December 31, Sunday-Thursday, 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday 5-10 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. Additional information can be found at


    Kiwanis Holiday Lights was established in 2012 by members of the Mankato Downtown Kiwanis Club. The Kiwanis Holiday Lights mission is “Create a celebration of Holiday Lights for the Greater Mankato Area that builds on past traditions and promotes the communities we serve, while raising non-perishable food donations for those in need.” The free event is held each year in Sibley Park in Mankato, MN. Cash and non-perishable food donations are accepted each night through December 31.