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Community Spirit


Volunteers are an essential part of the City of Christmas Display of Lights.  The City of Christmas is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors.  President and crew leader Joe Shuman is a  committed volunteer who has played a vital role in the success of the City of Christmas for many years.    Volunteers donate their time and talents throughout the year and help with display installation, dismantling and moving displays into storage.  We appreciate every volunteer and thank them for their time and effort.  If you would like to be a part of this Community Spirit team, please contact us.

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Joe Shuman of Keokuk received a Governor’s Volunteer Award from Governor Kim Reynolds and Lt. Governor Adam Gregg during a special recognition ceremony held virtually on July 14, 2021. Pictured on left is Joe Shuman, on right is Phil Caropreso.

Joe was honored with an individual service award by for his dedication and devoted work on the City of Christmas.

“Reaching out and lending a helping hand is at the core of who we are as Iowans,” said Governor Kim Reynolds. “For 37 years, the Governor's Volunteer Award program has recognized those with a deep commitment to serving their communities in unique and meaningful ways. It’s truly an honor to recognize their work and convey the gratitude of our state.”


More than 790 awards are being presented this year during a ceremony held virtually on July 14. It is estimated that more than 265 communities in Iowa were served by this year’s honorees.


"The Governor's Volunteer Award recipients demonstrate a unique commitment to service for others," said Lt. Governor Adam Gregg. "I hope their commitment inspires even more Iowans to engage in the gift of volunteering."


Coordinated by Volunteer Iowa, the Governor's Volunteer Award program—now in its 37th year—provides an easy way for Iowa nonprofits, charitable organizations, and government entities to honor their volunteers with a prestigious, state-level award. More information is available at


Funding for the City of Christmas Display of Lights is generously provided for by our Corporate Sponsors.  These  sponsorships give us the opportunity to create new displays, update our older displays  with LED lighting and allow annual wiring and structural maintenance.  To become a sponsor, a donation may be mailed to City of Christmas, P.O. Box 73, Keokuk Iowa 52632.


Unlike other towns and cities, the City of Christmas Display of Lights is available to the public free of charge.  If you would like to contribute, a donation may be mailed to City of Christmas, P.O. Box 73, Keokuk Iowa 52632.  Or, you can place your contribution in the Donation Box located along the driving tour during Season Open Hours.

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