Business leaders bought $5,000 worth of new bulbs this year, but now they have nobody to hang them up.
"It is very much a tradition and we hope that tradition continues" says Christopher Naumann, Executive Director for On Broadway, Inc.
The city of Green Bay has pulled the plug on a plan to hang thousands of holiday lights on Broadway.
"I was a little surprised" says Elliot Christenson, Co-founder, Green Bay Net located on Broadway.
Due to budget cuts, the city says they do not have the resources to provide the labor or equipment.
They are also running short staffed because of commitments made to prevent the spread of the emerald ash borer.
"As with every project there are always challenges, and we have to come up with solutions and that is something On Broadway has done very well in the past" explains Naumann.
Members of the Broadway BID Board say not hanging lights is not an option.
"Certainly lighting the trees in the district is somewhat of a cultural institution for people. It is the kickoff for the holiday season which is very important to retailers downtown" says Naumann.
The lights are part of a holiday package that draw thousands of families to Broadway.
"We have a very thriving small retail district and this is our marquis for the holidays. We are competing with big boxes out in the suburbs this is that we do" explains Christenson.
Naumann says the celebration is not in jeopardy.
"I hope we have better lights than ever, it sounds like we will" says Christenson. "We just have to have someone put them on and not put any road blocks in the way".
On Broadway is looking to secure a donation from one of its corporate partners to help hang the lights.
If you are interested in helping click here to contact them.
Broadway BID Board members stressed the urgency of getting a plan in place soon.
The lighting ceremony is set to take place November 22nd. It kicks off at 5:30.