GREEN BAY AREA REGIONAL NEWS: Brown County

Watt are those? Holiday lighting ceremonies ignite in Downtown Green Bay

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GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFRV) – Is it beginning to look a lot like Christmas? Downtown Green Bay is creating the holiday mood with two lighting ceremonies only a few days apart.

According to Downtown Green Bay’s website, the first lighting ceremony will be held at the Brown County Courthouse and Citydeck on Wednesday, Nov. 17.

The event is scheduled to be held starting at 6:00 p.m. and will go until 8:00 p.m.

The website explains how the holiday tradition first began when a Peace Tree was planted by People for People in 1968 as a response to the Vietnam War. Ever since then, it has been an annual gathering.

The evening is scheduled to begin with Green Bay Mayor Eric Genrich and members of People for People leading a short ceremony with music, thoughts, and ending with the lighting of a large evergreen tree at the Brown County Courthouse.

Later, organizers say Daily Buzz Coffee Shop will give out free hot cocoa as people make their way to another short ceremony – where officials will show off the brand new, brightly lit holiday lights display.

Everyone will be able to enjoy holiday music, picturesque photo-ops, and family fun.

Lighting Ceremony on Broadway

The second lighting ceremony is scheduled to be held on Friday, Nov. 19, at the Broadway District. Organizers say the event will take place from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. for the annual ceremony.

The Mayor will give the official countdown to the illumination, starting at 5:30 p.m., at the corner of Broadway and Hubbard St.

Haven’t started your holiday shopping yet? Broadway businesses say they will be open for visitors to browse and get a start on their holiday lists.

Everyone will be able to enjoy a horse-drawn sleigh ride, carolers, window displays, and plenty of festive spirits.

Too soon?

WFRV Local 5 is wondering – is this too soon a week before Thanksgiving? Should lights go up after December 1 or do you think they are fair game after November 1? Let us know!

Other holiday events

On Nov. 10, the public will be able to enjoy festive floats, high-flying balloons, local marching bands, dancers, singers, and Santa with his reindeer for the 7th annual Prevea Green Bay Holiday Parade. The parade will step off on Jefferson Street at 10 a.m. and utilize the streets of Cherry and Washington.

On the same day, communities will be able to peruse a variety of unique, original, hand-made items from local artists in the Holiday Art Market on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event includes jewelry, fiber, pottery, photography, holiday cheer set up at Hotel Northland.

The Downtown District is also hosting its holiday ornament hunt – which starts on Dec. 1 with a full list of clues published on downtowngreenbay.com. The public will be able to read through the clues, look for the ornaments created by local artist Carolyn Paplham, and submit their selfie with the ornament to be entered to win one of our grand prizes.

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