Holiday Happenings in the Madison Area

It’s beginning to feel a lot like Christmas – whether we want it to or not.  With Madison’s early snow and cold spell, it’s felt pretty wintery in Wisconsin ever since Halloween.  And with a late Thanksgiving, there’s less than 4 weeks to pack in everything the holidays have to offer.  And there certainly is a lot going on, from shopping to entertainment and crafting to dining, you’re sure to find something for you or the whole family — young and old alike!

Here’s a look at some of the things going on in the greater Madison area this holiday season — through December.

 

November

11.23.19 SAT

Doe Day — 9 AM-3 PM
Brass Tacks Resale, S Thompson Rd | SUN PRAIRIE

Holiday House Bazaar — through Sun 12.24.19
Monona Community Center | MONONA

Dane County Farmers’ Market Holiday Market — through 12.21.19
Monona Terrace | MADISON

CRAFTING: Holiday Wooden Signs — 1-3 PM
American Family Insurance – DreamBank, E Washington Ave | MADISON

Mad City Holiday Bazaar — through Sun 12.24.19
Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Alliant Energy Center | MADISON

11.24.19 SUN

Holiday Gift Fair10 AM-4 PM
VFW Post 1318, E Lakeside St | MADISON

Holiday Hop and Tree Lighting — 4-6 PM
Hilldale Shopping Center | MADISON

Modern Holiday Wreath Workshop — 1-4 PM
Revel, N Hamilton St | MADISON

11.29.19 FRI

Downtown Madison Holiday Open Housethrough Sun 12.1.19

Zoo Lights5:30-9:00 PM through Sun 12.29.19
Sun 12.1
Fri 12.6
Thu 12.26
Sun 12.29
Henry Vilas Zoo | MADISON 

Merry & Bright: The Edgewater’s 6th Annual Holiday — 2 PM
The Edgewater | MADISON

Old Fashioned Holiday Art Marketthrough 12.1.19
Yahara Bay Distillers, Nesbitt Rd | MADISON

11.30.19 SAT

A Charlie Brown Christmas Live on stage  — 3:30-6:30 PM
Orpheum Theater | MADISON

Family Pictures with Santa & Holiday Crafting — 10 AM-1 PM
Sat 12.14 & Sat 12.21.19
American Family Insurance – DreamBank, E Washington Ave | MADISON 

A Visit with Santa & Mrs. Claus — 11 AM-2 PM
The Bruce Company | MIDDLETON

Horrible Holiday Sweater Shuffle8:30-11:00 AM
The Lone Girl Brewing Company | WAUNAKEE

December

12.1.19 SUN

5th Annual Cookies with Santa  — 9:30 AM-3:30 PM
The Madison Concourse Hotel & Governor’s Club | MADISON

Jolly Holiday Vendor & Craft Fair — 10 AM-3 PM
Prairie View Middle School | SUN PRAIRIE

Once Upon a Christmas Cheery — 1 PM
Middleton Performing Arts Center (Middleton HS) | MIDDLETON

Holiday Pop-up Market — 11 AM-4 PM
Goodman Community Center IRONWORKS | MADISON

12.3.19 TUE

ExtraAFComedy Holiday Edition — 7:30-9 PM
Crucible, Commercial Ave | MADISON

Governor’s Mansion Holiday Tours — 11 AM-2 PM
Wisconsin Governor’s Mansion | MADISON

Holiday Chocolate Class in Madison— 12 PM
Wisconsin Union Theater | MADISON

12.4.19 WED

Holiday Garland in Madison — 5:30 PM
Madison Public Library – Monroe St | MADISON

Make Your Own Holiday Card in Madison — 6:30 PM
Madison Public Library – Alicia Ashman | MADISON

Tudor Holiday Dinner Concertthrough 12.8.19, 5:30-9 PM
Memorial Union, Langdon St | MADISON

HotelRED Holiday Market  — 6-9 PM
HotelRED, Monroe St | MADISON

12.5.19 THU

Get Festive With Agora
Fitchburg Center, E Cheryl Pkwy | FITCHBURG

Holiday Garland in Madison — 5:30 PM
Madison Public Library – Lakeview | MADISON

Christmas in the Grove — through Sun 12.8.19
COTTAGE GROVE

12.6.19 FRI

Ugly Holiday Sweater Party & DJ Night6-10 PM
Boulders Climbing Gym – Downtown | MADISON

A Christmas Festival — 7-9 PM
First Congregational Church, University Ave | MADISON

Gnome for the Holidays — 6:30-9:30 PM
Studio You Paint it Pottery, Odana Rd | MADISON

Cambridge Classic Christmas — through Sun 12.8.19
CAMBRIDGE

12.7.19 SAT

A Christmas Festival — 7-9 PM
Asbury United Methodist Church, University Ave | MADISON

Olbrich’s Holiday Express — through 12.31.19
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | MADISON

Fair Trade Holiday Festival — 8 AM-3 PM
Monona Terrace | MADISON

A Christmas Carol — 7 PM
Sun 12.8 – 2:30 PM
Sat 12.14 – 2:30 & 7 PM
Sun 12.15 – 2:30 PM
Fri 12.20
Sat 12.21 – 2:30 & 7 PM
Sun 12.22 – 2:30
Overture Center | MADISON

12.8.19 SUN

A Christmas Festival – Monona — 3-5 PM
St Stephen’s Lutheran Church | MONONA

Capitol Christmas Pageant — 5:15-6 PM
Wisconsin State Capitol | MADISON

Holiday Market & Cookie Walk — 10 AM-3 PM
The East Side Club, Monona Dr | MADISON

Children’s Holiday Party — 1-4 PM
Fitchburg Community Center | FITCHBURG

12.9.19 MON

Holiday Garlands in Madison — 6:30 PM
Madison Public Library – Alicia Ashman | MADISON

Holiday Open House 12:30-2:00 PM
Madison Senior Center | MADISON

12.10.19 TUE

Holiday Origami6:30-9 PM
Wed 12.11 – 12:30-3 PM
Memorial Union, Langdon St | MADISON

Evergreen Holiday Wreath with Natural Materials
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | MADISON

12.13.19 FRI

A Madison Symphony Christmas — through Sun 12.15.19
Overture Center | MADISON

12.14.19 SAT

Holiday Pop-up Market — 11 AM-5 PM
Yahara Bay Distillers, Nesbitt Rd | MADISON

Holiday Extravaganza — 10 AM-4 PM
VFW Post 1318, E Lakeside St | MADISON

Carol Sing — 11 AM
Overture Center | MADISON

12.15.19 SUN

Olbrich’s Holiday Concerts
Olbrich Botanical Gardens | MADISON

12.18.19 WED

A John Denver Christmas in Madison
High Noon Saloon, E Washington Ave | MADISON

12.19.19 THU

Common Chord Holiday Show at The Brink Lounge — 7-10 PM
The Brink Lounge, E Washington Ave | MADISON

12.22.19 SUN

Breakfast with Santa — 8:30-10:30 AM
Henry Vilas Zoo | MADISON