Tree-mendous event: Green Bay tree chosen for 15th annual Festival of Lights

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – The Tree of Destiny is now chosen for the 15th annual Festival of Lights and will be picked up on the morning of Dec. 6 before the festival begins the following Saturday.

According to a statement, the Green Bay Packers and Festival Foods are hosting the holiday event at Lambeau Field on Dec. 11 from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

The free family-themed festival is expected to feature holiday movies and cartoons, holiday card making, area high school choirs performing holiday music, and photo ops with Santa Claus.

Festival Foods representatives say guests will also have the option of decorating sugar cookies, provided by the grocery store.

Throughout the night, organizers say volunteers will be on hand during the event to collect toys and donations for Toys for Tots – a perfect opportunity to donate new, unboxed toys to help families in need. during this holiday season.

At 6:30 p.m., guests will be driven to Harlan Plaza to witness the formal lighting of the tree. The tree will be decorated with over 10,000 lights later in the week.

How was the tree chosen?

Each year, organizers say the winning tree is selected through a submission process where fans submit a photo of their tree and explain why it should be chosen.

This year, Wayne Berkovitz of Green Bay donated his spruce. Berkovitz says the 50ft tree was growing even before he moved home in 1999, and he believes the tree is at least 30 years old.

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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