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Winter Activities

Embrace the cold the only way a Minnesotan can–by staying busy! 😉 Explore everything Mankato has to offer this winter. You won’t be disappointed.

Happy little kid is playing in snow, good winter weather

Where Is Santa?

Find everywhere Santa will be this winter on our Where Is Santa? page. Get the low-down on the tastiest cookies, and the hottest cocoa and cider stations.


Light Displays and Holiday Decor

Winter is a time of lights, and Mankato is full of them! From the Kiwanis Holiday Lights to town festivals and their lighted parades, there are plenty of twinkling lights to get you in the winter spirit.


Festivals, Craft Fairs, and Holiday Fare

Local artists are ready to show off their holiday wares. Find out where all the festivals and craft fairs in the area will be–and don’t forget your wallet! You can also find town festivals, holiday music, and other December happenings.



Who doesn’t like Christmas music? The Mankato/southern Minnesota area is full of talent!



Bundle up after viewing our Recreation list and try skiing, snowshoeing, snowboarding, or ice skating. Trek through the woods to tap maple syrup, find frozen waterfalls, and watch wild birds.


Fun Runs and Polar Plunges

Work off your holiday feasting by running a 5K or taking a quick plunge! Whether you’re looking to lose a few, or hoping to raise some money for a local charity, you’ll find the perfect event on our Fun Runs and Polar Plunges page.



Make the community better and brighter by volunteering. Find something you care about personally, or volunteer somewhere with the kids. There are many opportunities in the Mankato area. Some of the listings below are for single events, while others are ongoing or year-round.


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