The story behind this year’s Harlan Plaza Christmas tree

Local News

The Packers have found the Christmas tree that will light up the Lambeau Field Atrium for this year’s Festival of Lights.

The search for the perfect evergreen started with a contest to see who had the best tree in the state.

“I can’t believe how big it grew, from a little chute! It took 24 years,” says Packers fan Steve Brink who won the Christmas tree search competition.

For Brink and his three daughters, entering the state-wide contest was about more than having the tallest tree, it was about sharing something that had been in their family for 24 years with their favorite team.

One of Brink’s daughters, Shannon Velicer says, “It was just a free tree that we brought home from school once and it eventually got to be a big, gigantic Christmas tree.”

“I wasn’t thinking that it would end up at the Packer stadium, but I think once it’s at the Packer stadium and we see it up there all lit up, just to see my dad’s face it’s going to be amazing,” says another of Brink’s daughters, Stephanie Wendt.

Now, their childhood sits outside Lambeau waiting to be lit and decorated.

It’s something these sisters never got to do but they say this experience is one that has come full circle.

“I actually work at St. Mark’s now, so it’s pretty cool to say that the tree that we built back when we were at the school, it’s kind a cool to say that  it’s going to be in front of Lambeau lit up beautifully,” says daughter Stacey Mazur. “It’s a cool experience and it’s good to see our family come together and watch it get taken down.”

Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.

Don't Miss

More Don't Miss

Coronavirus News

More Coronavirus

Trending Stories

Your Local Election HQ

More Election

Local Sports

West De Pere hires Chris Greisen

Thumbnail for the video titled "West De Pere hires Chris Greisen"

Minor leaguer Scott Schreiber adjusting to new normal at home

Thumbnail for the video titled "Minor leaguer Scott Schreiber adjusting to new normal at home"

Catching up with the Gamblers

Thumbnail for the video titled "Catching up with the Gamblers"

Catching up with Oren Burks

Thumbnail for the video titled "Catching up with Oren Burks"

Catching up with Allen Lazard

Thumbnail for the video titled "Catching up with Allen Lazard"

Green Bay Nation: assessing the offseason

Thumbnail for the video titled "Green Bay Nation: assessing the offseason"