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Holiday Light Events

Celebrate the holidays with the entire Greater Madison area. From small-town charm to popular shopping areas, holidays light are your guide to Madison exploration. Explore our neat neighborhoods and discover the diverse communities that make Madison unique.


Fifth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting
November 23, 2018

For the fifth consecutive year, the Edgewater Hotel is helping Madison launch the holiday season with the ceremonial tree lighting and celebration. Enjoy free performances by local choirs, crafts for kids, and a visit from Santa Claus and Mrs. Claus.


Holiday Tree Lighting and Fire Truck Parade – Sun Prairie
November 24, 2018

Want to see firetrucks dressed in their holiday best? Head over to Sun Prairie to see light-covered firetrucks on parade leading to a tree-lighting celebration.


Victorian Holiday Weekend – Stoughton
November 29–December 2, 2018

Journey to Stoughton for a weekend-long holiday celebration overflowing with old-world charm. The 28th annual lighting of the Love Light Tree kicks off a weekend of music, artisanal shopping, local food, and more.


Light the Night – Waunakee
November 30, 2018

Join Santa and his dancing elves for Waunakee’s community tree lighting ceremony. Shop and taste your way through holiday specials, and enjoy music and model railroad exhibit.


Cambridge Classic Christmas
November 30–December 2, 2018

Meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for Cambridge’s annual tree lighting. Explore the historic downtown with activities like gingerbread house construction, horse-drawn wagons, caroling, and an Elf Shelf. Don’t forget to check out Breakfast with Santa, and the holiday lights at Ripley Park.


Classic Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony – Cambridge
December 1, 2018

Carols, hot cocoa, and a tree lighting await you in nearby Cambridge this holiday season. Bring your holiday wish list as Mr. and Mrs. Claus continue their Greater Madison meet and greet.


CP Holiday Train – Columbus
December 6, 2018

For 20 years, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train has treated guests to holiday cheer on its mission to raise food. Known as “North America’s longest rolling food bank,” the CP Holiday Train brings free live music and light shows. Guests are encouraged to bring a food donation to benefit their local community.


Annual Tree Lighting and Fire Department Chili Dinner – Oregon
December 7, 2018

Come to Oregon to see Santa ride in on a fire truck to light the tree. Head over to the local fire station for a chili dinner and photo opportunity with Santa.


Verona's Hometown Holidays – Verona
December 7–9, 2018

Hometown USA plays host to a weekend-long holiday celebration. With a tree lighting ceremony and chili supper, the festivities are bound to keep you warm in body and spirit. Don’t miss the ice sculpture demonstration or VRBC Jingle & Mingle during your celebration.


Love Lights
December 9, 2018

Remember your loved ones with the annual Love Lights program. For a small donation, a light will be hung at the entrances of University Hospital in memory of lost friends or family. A Remembrance Ceremony will be held at the Health Sciences Learning Center.