A beloved holiday tradition, the Electric Group has been lighting Madison’s Olin Park—and warming our hearts—for 30 years.
Each year, one lucky Balsam Fir tree grown in Wisconsin graces the Capitol rotunda, covered in an estimated 2,400 lights and 700 feet of garland.
3. Ride the Mid-Continent Railway Museum’s Santa Express
All aboard! Journey to Christmas past, Nov. 30–Dec. 1 and Dec. 7–8, on this restored train in North Freedom, WI—just an hour north of Madison. Sing carols and visit with Old St. Nick and his elves as you embark on an early 1900s adventure.
See if you can spot all 6,000 collectible Santas, and check out other seasonal decorations this December at Spring Green Wisconsin’s Ho-Ho-House on the Rock.
Fitchburg’s free, annual children’s holiday party on Dec. 8 is filled with festive treats, face painting, carriage rides and a visit with Santa.
6. Run with Santa
Run like Rudolph! Don Santa, elf or gingerbread man apparel (included in registration fee) for the Dec. 8 Run Santa Run festive 5K.
7. Jingle while you Run
Deck yourself out in jingle bells on Dec. 14 and make some noise all the way to the finish line of the Jingle Bell 5K Run/Walk.
8. Follow Olbrich’s Holiday Express
Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias and fresh evergreens at Olbrich Botanical Gardens Dec. 7–31!
Enjoy Holiday music performances inside Cave of the Mounds at this annual, festive charity event Dec. 6–8.
Enjoy A Vintage Christmas at Wollersheim Winery, Nov. 30, and taste wines paired with festive foods and find unique gifts—plus, Christmas carolers will be on hand to set the mood.
11. Celebrate the Season with Song at A Madison Symphony Christmas
Welcome the holiday season with the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Mt. Zion Gospel Choir, the Madison Youth Choirs and esteemed opera singers Michelle Johnson and Mackenzie Whitney at A Madison Symphony Christmas, Dec.13–15.
12. See A Christmas Story - The Musical
Based on the beloved holiday film, this classic story, running Oct. 31–Dec. 22, captures holiday spirit for all ages to enjoy.
13. Watch A Christmas Carol by Children’s Theater of Madison
Step back in time to Victorian England Dec. 7–22 with one of Madison's most treasured family traditions.