You may think Madison’s sparkling lakes and abundant green space are gorgeous in the summertime – just wait for the holidays! Madison is breathtakingly beautiful when the snow falls and the lakes freeze, and you’ll be excited to step outside and take in the view. This is your resource to discover how to make the most of a holiday getaway in Madison.

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Spark up the lights this holiday season. Explore Madison’s light displays for a memory-making adventure. Tree lightings, community ceremonies, and season-long celebrations await.

If you want to go beyond holiday celebrations, check out one of Madison’s beautiful light art installations. From nationally-renowned and local artists alike, they’ll illuminate the winter and bring a little extra light into your life. Come join the festivities, and enjoy Madison’s Sparkling Nights.

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After a long day outdoors, cozy up to some comfort food—there are plenty of places to enjoy a warm dish in Madison! Many of our restaurants not only use local ingredients, but beautifully blend them into hearty, delicious meals that are sure to satisfy. This love for good food has put Madison on the map, with kudos and rankings from publications like Taste + Travel International and Conde Nast Traveler. Our capital city also celebrates food through annual events and festivals—read our Culinary Calendar and be prepared for your mouth to water!

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Madison features a diverse shopping scene. With malls, local shops, and community events, you’re sure to find something to make the holidays special.

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Madison comes alive when the snow hits the ground. From outdoor activities that keep you cool and entertained, to indoor fun that keeps you warm and sustained, there’s something for everyone this holiday season.

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Madison is a destination you can’t experience in just one day. We invite you to stay the night in one of our beautiful hotels or keep cozy with quaint lodging. You’ll need a rest after all of the holiday festivities!