'Holiday Lights on Main' Begins Nov. 25 with Lighting Ceremony

If you’ve driven by Dykshoorn Park recently, you’ve probably seen the holiday light displays being installed. These larger-than-life, interactive displays will light up Dykshoorn Park beginning Nov. 25 at 6 p.m. with a lighting ceremony. The display will be activated from 5-10 p.m. each night through Jan. 7.

The vibrant, immersive holiday space will be driven by the community’s desire for unique experiences and giving back to the community with non-perishable food drives and non-profit organization partnerships:

  • Holiday Lights in the Pantry. Bring non-perishable food items to the Holiday Lights on Main attraction each night. Food items collected will be distributed to those in need through Aid Inc.
  • Adopt a Night at the Lights. When a local non-profit, school organization, or charity adopts a night at the lights they provide some volunteer help and free-will donations that night will go to the adopting group.
  • Christmas Trees of Charity. Local non-profit organizations, community groups, and charities that focus on those in need in our community or also create quality of place have an opportunity with Christmas Trees of Charity to gather awareness and support. This is a friendly tree decorating competition hosted in the Morton Mandan Public Library. Approximately 20 Christmas trees are waiting for a sponsor and a local organization to decorate it. Voting for the best decorated tree will be open from Thanksgiving through the New Year. The winning tree will receive $1,500 towards their organization’s cause. Second and third place will also receive a monetary prize to support their mission.

The holiday light attraction is free to the public, but visitors can make free will donations to keep the lights on through the Morton Mandan Community Fund.

Light displays previously put up in Dykshoorn Park have been updated and will be showcased in Heritage Park to the east of the depot area. The Mandan depot, beanery and Morton Mandan Public Library will be transformed into a holiday wonderland complete with music and an old fashion Christmas tree lot.

For more information, visit visitmandan.com or call the Mandan Progress Organization at 701-751-2983.