15th Annual Free “Festival of Lights” at Lambeau Field Lights up Green Bay

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) – Driving past Lambeau Field, it may have looked a little clearer tonight, Dec.

The Festival of Lights had to take a year off last year due to the pandemic, but returned with a dazzling array of free cookie decorations, face painting and a towering locally cut spruce that was selected by the Packers through an extensive online submission process.

The 50-foot spruce donated by longtime Packers fan Wayne Berkovitz from his home in the Green Bay area provided a great photo spot for families. The at least 30-year-old tree was decorated with over 10,000 lights. However, that wasn’t the only attraction at the 15th annual Festival of Lights.

Free card drawing, hot chocolate making and face painting all gave the Lambeau Field atrium a festive vibe. Still, the best part of the night for some kids was decorating the cookies.

Local high school choirs followed the sound of the extravagant cookie decorating of approximately 2,500 sugar cookies brought in by Festival Foods.

“It’s just fun,” said Stosh Stiloski, community engagement specialist at Festival Foods. “Seeing Santa Claus is always fun. I still love it and I’m in my 40s. But seeing the tree lit is going to be a great night. It’s all just fun, so when we can bond to that kind of stuff and an event like that with the Packers too, it’s a win-win for everyone.

Some Packers fans were even from Mississippi and admittedly unaccustomed to the cold. Still, they were excited for it.

“We decided to come in December or January to feel the cold because ever since I was a kid watching Brett Favre play, I’ve always wanted to come to the Frozen Tundra – the cold, icy Packers games,” fan of the Biloxi Packers, Mississippi James Erwin shared. He was visiting Green Bay with his wife, who married in April 2021, for the first time.

To help keep everyone warm, Festival associates volunteered and handed out hot chocolate with lots of marshmallows.

It’s an event that Festival Foods said it was excited to do again next year.

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