Tree chosen for the 15th annual Festival of Lights, December 11

The Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are hosting the 15th Annual Festival of Lights at Lambeau Field on Saturday, December 11 from 5-7 p.m.

The family-themed event, free to the public, kicks off at 5 p.m. in the Lambeau Field atrium and features holiday movies and cartoons, holiday card making, area high school choirs performing holiday music and photo ops with Santa.

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 toddlers. 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 to Harlan Plaza for the formal tree lighting.

The tree has been chosen for the event and will be harvested the morning of Monday, December 6, in Green Bay, and erected on Harlan Plaza. The tree decoration will follow later in the week with over 10,000 lights. The winning tree was selected following 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 be donating his spruce for display at Lambeau Field this holiday season. The 50-foot tree was growing even before Berkovitz moved into his home 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 enjoyed watching 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 January 2.

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