Madison Area Holiday Events 2017
Enjoy the season in and around Madison!
Lights, song, and plenty of holiday community events to celebrate this 2017 season.
Holiday Trolley – Free holiday trolley is available Saturday Dec. 9, 16 and 23, 2017 10 am to 4 pm. Up and down State Street and the capital square. Click here for details >
Downtown Carolers – The holiday’s music made local by carolers Saturdays in December. 11 am and noon at Madison Children’s Museum and 1 pm at Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. View schedule >
Olbrich’s Holiday Express – This year Olbrich Garden has a special twist to its traditional display of trains as they take you back in time and cruise through the Wild Wild West including a miner’s gold camp and more. View details >
Holiday Glow on Monroe St – Saturday Dec 9 starting at 11am. Santa visit, carolers, and books for holiday giving sale View details>
Capitol Christmas Tree – Stop by the capitol and see one of the tallest Christmas trees you will see this season. Typically around 40 ft! Over 1400 handmade ornaments, feet of garland and lights, and a historic train set at its base.
Get Your Ice Skates On! – At The Edgewater, you can ice skate with beautiful view of the lake at its 4,000 SqFt rink plus relax at The Icehouse with your favorite warm drink and snacks. View details >
Fantasy in Lights at Olin Park – Even if you grew up visiting Madison’s biggest light display, each year brings a new experience and updates. Lights go on 4pm daily through January 2, 2017. View details>
Henry Vilas Zoo Lights – The zoo is not just for the summer! See it in a different light 5:30 pm to 9pm Sun, Thu, Fri and Saturdays through December 21, 2017 at 5:30 pm View details >
Christmas Stories at Overture Center – Take in the traditional holiday story at Madison’s Overture Center including The Nutcracker and A Christmas Carol. View ticket and event information>
Gingerbread Cookie fun at Madison Public Libraries – Stories, games and more throughout Madison’s libraires this December. View schedule and locations>
Monona's Breakfast with Santa – Saturday Dec. 9, 2017 8am to 11am at Monona Community Center. View details>
Monona's Candlelight Snowshoe Hike – Saturday Dec. 16, 2017 4:30 pm to 8pm. Enjoy beautiful lighting through the trails of Woodland Park, Woodland Park, Aldo Leopold Nature Center, and Edna Taylor Conservancy, plus relax near a bonfire, enjoy hot chocolate and popcorn. View details>
Stoughton Lights – Daily at 5:30 pm. Holiday lights set to holiday music at Stoughton Rotary Park – Corner of Sixth and Jefferson Streets
Oregon's Hann's Christmas Farm – Visiting a farm for the holidays is not just for Halloween! Hann’s Christmas Farm is a perfect spot to take in the holiday season. Admission is free 9am to 5pm through Dec 24. Dogs are welcome! View details>
An Old World Christmas – at Old World Wisconsin, Saturday & Sunday, Dec 9 & 10, 10am to 4pm. Stroll through the 1880s Crossroads Village decorated for the holidays and horse-drawn 12pm to 3pm. View details>