The Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are set to host the 13th annual Festival of Lights at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Dec. 1, 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, Nov. 26, 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.
Joe and Jan Monday of Green Bay will donate their balsam fir tree to be on display at Lambeau Field this holiday season. The Monday family has lived in Green Bay for more than 50 years, 45 of which were spent living in their current home. The tree in their yard, which they used to decorate for the holidays each year, is now too tall, at about 48 feet tall, and they are looking forward to seeing the tree shine one more year for others to enjoy. Joe Monday, a lifelong Packers fan that attended the Ice Bowl, has passed his season tickets to his son, and his grandsons are season ticket holders, as well.
In recognition of providing the tree for the event, the Mondays will receive four tickets to the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game on Dec. 30.