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Season-Long Celebrations

New festivities and decades-old traditions make Madison’s holidays spectacular. Lights ignite the night all season long. Come make memories in Madison.

Fantasy in Lights
November 9, 2019–January 4, 2020

Fantasy in Lights has been one of Madison’s favorite winter traditions for 31 years. With more than 50 creative light displays and beautiful Olin Park as a backdrop, it’s not hard to see why. If you’re looking for a free family outing this holiday season, don’t miss these lights.


University Avenue Holiday Lights
October 26, 2019–April, 2020

The University Avenue Holiday Lights shed a joyous glow along University Avenue – a crucial artery leading into the Isthmus from Madison's west side. More than 200 trees are draped in light to bring cheer to passersby. Drive by, or savor a lovely winter stroll for a closer look.


Zoo Lights
November 29–December 29, 2019

Thousands of lights bring a new way to experience one of America’s best free zoos. Henry Vilas Zoo’s festive Candy Cane Lane will feature a holiday market with a rotating list of vendors, and special visits from Santa.


Shine on Madison
November 16, 2019–January 5, 2020

Enjoy a holiday experience only downtown Madison can offer. With 12 light displays, more than 100 events, and interactive entertainment, Madison will shine brighter than ever. Those looking to get even more involved can vote on the best window displays.


Rotary in Lights – Waunakee
November 25–December 30, 2019

Take a trip into nearby Waunakee for light-lined streets and beautiful holiday displays. Hundreds of volunteer hours transform historic Waunakee Village Park into a winter wonderland. Enjoy the lights either on foot or from your vehicle, and explore Waunakee.