6 Don’t-Miss Seasonal Celebrations

Greater Madison is a beloved destination for discovering holiday magic, and there are plenty of small towns that showcase local charm through festive events. If you’re searching for a classic seasonal experience complete with carolers, carriage rides, parade floats—and maybe even a visit with Santa—look no further than these holiday happenings.

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21st Annual Lighted Holiday Parade
On November 12, don’t miss this classic holiday parade in Fort Atkinson. For a full half-hour, see brightly lit, themed floats and Santa’s horse-drawn carriage glide along city streets. Then, go warm up at the United Way Chili Cook-Off, where you’ll score a picture with Santa himself—along with Mrs. Claus.

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Spring Green Country Christmas
It’s no surprise that Spring Green holds a holiday celebration that spotlights the arts. But you may be surprised to learn that for three weekends—November 25–27, December 2–4 and December 9–11—you can attend events including a Winter Art Market, live concerts, a Holiday Tour of Homes and more.   

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Holiday Open House & Small Business Saturday
Our community loves to shop local, and the Holiday Open House & Small Business Saturday event in Middleton is a chance to do just that! On November 26, downtown businesses will offer specials along with samples of hot drinks and appetizers, while carolers sing seasonal tunes in the background. Mark your calendar and cross those gifts off your list!

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Cambridge Classic Christmas
Cambridge, only a half-hour from Madison, will host an old-fashioned Christmas celebration on December 2-4. This three-day event features activities throughout the village, kicked off with a tree lighting ceremony on Friday night. Catch the horse-drawn hayrides, Madrigal singers, Holiday Lights Display at Lake Ripley Park and, of course, Santa!

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Hometown Holidays
Make holiday memories in Verona this December 2–4! See the tree lighting and try roasted chestnuts and catch a trolley ride to Liberty Park (where you’ll find Wisconsin Brewing Co.). You can even participate in a “Round Robin” retail event—go to a shop, and you’ll receive a coupon for the next shop. (And so on, and so on…)

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Victorian Holiday Weekend
Stoughton is known for its Norwegian roots, but on December 2–4, the city will resemble Victorian England. During this holly-jolly weekend, enjoy horse-drawn carriage rides, live demonstrations at retail destinations like wood-carving and cookie-making, carolers strolling the streets, and a Christmas Carol Ballet performance. It’s a festival fit for Dickens.