Let it Glow Window Display

Let it Glow, Kato! Will Return in 2022

The City Center Partnership is sponsoring the second annual Let It Glow, Kato! Window Display Contest. City centers are places of shared memory where the entire community still comes together to live, work and play. A vibrant, decorated city center can attract customers by making the area more enjoyable and inviting. Window displays provide a great way to attract customers and when everyone joins in the fun, it is a great way to attract a lot of people to the area in general. You decorate, we will promote you and we will all benefit from the fun, festivities and frivolities of our City Center.

This isn’t just for fun though. It is also a competition for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place with cash prizes and a 1st place trophy! Visitors and residents will get to vote on their favorite business so decorate to please passersby.


Winners are People’s Choice with cash prizes in the amounts of $1,000 (1st), $500 (2nd) and $250 (3rd). The traveling trophy will be revealed soon. Winners will be shared on social media and the website on Monday, December 27.


We are also offering mini grants to help with decorating costs. We are offering $100 gift cards to offset the cost of buying new decorations for your creations. There are only 10 cards and it is first come first serve. Steps to get the mini grant:

Step 1: Email us your intent to decorate and that you could make good use of the mini grant.

Step 2: Send us a copy of your receipt/s totaling at least $100 and a photo of your window display no later than Thursday, November 18. Please name the file “(Business Name) LIGK Grant Receipt”.

Step 3: We will get you your Visa gift card that week!


REGISTRATION: No deadline this year. But register soon! Every day your photo is up is another day of potential votes for your window! Get involved and good luck!

PHOTO GALLERY UP: Businesses must submit their photo for the gallery. Please submit your photos to Crystal Olson. We will do our best to act fast, but please give staff up to 2 days to get your listing up.

VOTING: Friday, November 19– Sunday, December 26.

ANNOUNCEMENT: Monday, December 27 via City Center Partnership’s social media channels. Winners will also be posted on the website.


Social media (City Center Partnership and Visit Mankato). Our hope is that participating businesses will also promote their participation in the contest and encourage voting.

City Center Partnership Website – Linking to this website.

Visit Mankato Website – Links from Home Page (What’s Hot), Shop Small, Holiday Events, Winter Activities


The contest open to all business located in the City Center.

Decorated windows must be viewable from outside the building.

Decorations must not obstruct the sidewalk and/or pedestrian right of way.

Per public safety requirements, please do not fully obstruct the view into your business.

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