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Tree chosen for 12th annual Festival of Lights, set for Dec. 9

Tree to be erected Dec. 4 on Harlan Plaza, decorated during week


The Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are set to host the 12th annual Festival of Lights at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 5 to 7 p.m.

The family-themed event, free to the public, will begin at 5 p.m. in the Lambeau Field Atrium, and feature holiday movies and cartoons, holiday card making, area high school choirs performing holiday music and photo opportunities with Santa Claus.

Families will also have the chance to decorate sugar cookies provided by Festival Foods.

Volunteers will also be on hand during the event to collect toys and donations for Toys for Tots. Families attending the Festival of Lights are encouraged to donate new, unwrapped toys to help families in need this holiday season.

At 6:30 p.m. the event will move out onto Harlan Plaza for the formal lighting of the tree.

The tree has been chosen for the event and will be harvested the morning of Monday, Dec. 4, in Green Bay, and erected on Harlan Plaza. The decoration of the tree will follow later in the week with more than 10,000 lights. The winning tree was selected through a submission process in which fans submitted a photo of their tree and explained why it should be chosen.

Stephanie Wendt of Green Bay will donate her spruce tree that will be on display at Lambeau Field this holiday season. Wendt's father, a lifelong Packers fan that attended the Ice Bowl and enjoys telling stories about his ties to the team over the years, planted the tree many years ago.

In recognition of providing the tree for the event, Wendt will receive four tickets to the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game on Dec. 23.

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