Tree chosen for 15th annual Festival of Lights, for Dec. 11

Tree to be erected Dec. 6 on Harlan Plaza, decorated during the week 

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Lambeau Field

The Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are set to host the 15th annual Festival of Lights at Lambeau Field, Saturday, Dec. 11, 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. 6, 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. 

Wayne Berkovitz of Green Bay will donate his spruce tree to be on display at Lambeau Field this holiday season. The 50-foot tree was growing even before Berkovitz moved to his house in 1999, and he believes the tree is at least 30 years old. A lifelong Packers fan, Berkovitz grew up in Kewaunee and moved to the Green Bay area in 1977. He has enjoyed watching the games with his family and hosting watch parties over the years.

In recognition of providing the tree for the event, Berkovitz will receive four tickets to the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings game on Jan. 2.

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