The Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are set to host the ninth annual Festival of Lights at Lambeau Field on Saturday, Dec. 6, 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 and can purchase Packers-themed gingerbread men for $2 each.
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. 1, 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 supplied by Mills Fleet Farm. 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.
Douglas Vanden Langenberg of Green Baynominated the winning tree that will be on display at Lambeau Field this holiday season. The spruce tree was planted in 1983 after Vanden Langenberg's son was born, and has been decorated with more lights each holiday season as it has grown. The tree, at 38 feet tall, has overgrown the yard and the family would like to see it lit up one last time at Lambeau Field.
In recognition of providing the tree for the event, Vanden Langenberg will receive four tickets to the Green Bay Packers-Detroit Lions game on Dec. 28.