Other Holiday Celebrations

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Lights aren’t the only way to make your holidays shine. Unique celebrations will take you from shopping districts to wineries, to caves and architectural marvels.

Christmas on the Rock – Spring Green
November 15–December 31, 2018

Do you want a different kind of holiday experience? Head over to the historic House on the Rock. A shortened tour of the property will showcase more than 6,000 collectible Santas of varying size as holiday music fills the air.

History Sandwiched In: The History of the Evergleam Aluminum Tree
November 17, 2018–January 2019

The Wisconsin Historical Museum is casting a different shine on the holiday season with a unique piece of history. Aluminum Christmas trees became popular in the 1960s. Relive that era by posing for a picture in a replica 1960s living room, and see aluminum trees of all sizes and colors.

A Vintage Christmas – Prairie du Sac
November 24, 2018

Join Wollersheim Winery for a charming Christmas celebration. Tour the winery and taste artisanal cheeses, as well as a special treat from Blue Spoon Café. Local carolers and other live music provide entertainment, and other tastings will be available in the winery store.

Santa Express – North Freedom
November 24–December 2, 2018

Come aboard the 25th Annual Santa Express for a 1900s holiday adventure. Santa and his elves will be aboard to spread cheer – and gifts – while traditional steam heating or coal-fired stoves keep you warm. Feel free to join in on your favorite Christmas carols as a local high school choir ignites the night with song.

Carols in the Cave – Blue Mounds
November 30–December 2, 2018

For 12 years, holiday music has brought Cave of the Mounds to life for the holidays. This magical experience features musical groups from around the region, as well as a series of charitable fundraisers.

Holiday Glow on Monroe
December 1, 2018

Celebrate the reopening of Monroe Street with fun holiday festivities. Bring the kids for a treasure hunt, and ride the trolley for easier mobility. Don’t miss the “AfterGlow,” when local businesses offer specials on food and drink. 3 Sheeps Brewing Company will even unveil its new Two Way IPA beer.

Fort Atkinson Holiday Open House – Fort Atkinson
December 1, 2018

Nearby Fort Atkinson opens their community for a special holiday celebration. Take a hayride with Santa, and enjoy live music while you shop local stores. It’s a great way to get unique items for the loved ones on your Christmas list!

Taliesin Winter Festival – Spring Green
December 1–8, 2018

Explore the home of one of America’s most influential architects – Frank Lloyd Wright. Tour the exterior of the Taliesin estate, and enjoy warm beverages in his personal drafting studio. The Taliesin Gift Shop will be open to help you knock out your holiday shopping.

Olbrich Holiday Express
December 1–31, 2018

All aboard the Holiday Express! Hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens provide the festive backdrop for a rotating selection of large-scale model trains. When you’re done, explore the Bolz Conservatory for free. The tropical foliage serves as a splendid reprieve from the winter chill.

13th Annual Atwood Winnebago Winter Festival
December 7, 2018

Celebrate the holidays with one of Madison’s hippest neighborhoods. The area comes to life with holiday cheer as more than 25 local shops open their doors to holiday shoppers. Dine, shop and celebrate all things local.

Christmas Brew 'n View: Elf at Majestic Theater
December 20, 2018

Are you ready for a spirited holiday party? Guzzle down Christmas-themed drink specials while you watch a beloved Christmas classic – Elf. The storied Majestic theater transforms into the North Pole for this special annual showing.