Brewers' Magic of Lights holiday display debuts at AmFam Field
MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- This Thanksgiving Eve, as the Milwaukee area is pained with sorrow following the Waukesha mayhem, the Brewers opened their first-ever holiday lights show.
Brewers president Rick Schlesinger tells us they've been thinking about doing this for years. This year it just felt right, and he hopes the lights bring much-needed smiles to faces.
Two million lights now bedazzle the AmFam parking lot where Brewers fans tailgate from April to October.
"We're excited, it's a perfect place to have a holiday lights show," said Schlesinger.
He said he hopes it'll become a Milwaukee tradition.
"It's just a way to start the celebration of the holidays, and obviously with what happened in Waukesha just a few days ago, we're raising money for the families," said Schlesinger.
For every car that visits now through Friday, Nov. 26, $10 will go to the United for Waukesha Community Fund.
"That's a sad experience, so hopefully this can bring a little joy to everybody," said Lisa Studer, visiting the show with her family.
"We came here tonight to kind of support Waukesha and the fact that the Brewers are donating some money from the tickets tonight, and just kind of got our mind off of things, and we wanted to do something happy as a family," said Krista Krauter.
Take the route to the end and you'll see happy faces inside Holiday Village, like the ones on Santa Bernie's face and the kids who visit him.
"I'm gonna draw a picture for Santa," said Leo Pecoraro, visiting the show with his parents.
Leo and his brother Teddy liked the light show.
"I liked the one when Santa was jumping off the mountain," said Leo. "I liked the monster truck," said Teddy.
Families took it all in and Brewers fans took an opportunity to stroll around the ballpark.
"Well it's cool to see the blue lights in the stadium, it's a very different feel, you know, it's a nice effect. Usually when you're here, there's people yelling, something going on, so it's a little more relaxed," said Ryan Krauter.
Magic of Lights is billed as the largest drive-thru light display in the country.
"My father in-law can't walk very well right now, so it was the perfect family activity," said Veronica Kehoss of Wauwatosa.
Magic of Lights goes from 5-10 p.m. each night, now through Jan. 2.
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