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2021 Holiday Events and Guide

Explore Madison this holiday season to make new traditions with your loved ones. Just about two hours north of Chicago, Wisconsin's capital city is the best way to brighten up your winter holiday getaway.

Find festive events and cultural celebrations happening daily. Shop makers markets and craft fairs for handmade items. Marvel at the Capitol tree. Get cozy by a fireplace. Or snuggle up for dinner in a heated outdoor dome.

Visit a variety of shopping districts for everyone on your list. And end your evening ooh-ing and ahh-ing at holiday light displays.  

All this packed into one weekend? You bet. It's that easy. 

Featured Events

Madison College is celebrating the virtual Hmong New Year on Sunday, December 12 @ 5:00pm! Join us from the comfort of your home.


Hosted by the Madison College Community Engagement, Equity & Inclusion Office, Hmong & Allies Affinity Group, Intercultural Exchange, and the Asian American Student…

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50 plus lighted displays  drive-thru event at Olin Park. One of Madison's favorites holiday traditions. Free!

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Mars Williams is an open-minded musician, composer and educator who commutes easily between free jazz, funk, hip-hop and rock, Mars has played and recorded with The Psychedelic Furs, Billy Idol, Massacre, Fred Frith, Bill Laswell, Ministry, Power Station, Die Warzau, The Waitresses, Kiki Dee, Pete Cosey, Billy Squier, DJ Logic, Wayne Kramer,…

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CTM’s grandest production of the year is back on the Capitol Theater stage, with all the trimmings for the holidays.  Step back in time to Victorian England as the miser Scrooge learns it’s never too late to open your heart, and a young boy’s life is forever changed.  The whole family will enjoy this holiday favorite, filled with music, dance…

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It’s time once again to break out the champagne, dust off the party hats, sing, dance, and ring in a brand new year at The Fireside! Join the one and only Steve Watts with his four-piece band and a group of The Fireside’s favorite performers in a fast-paced, heart-pounding, fun-filled, musical celebration. There will be pop classics, Broadway…

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The Crafty Fair is an event that gathers artists from across Wisconsin and surrounding states to bring shoppers an experience of buying handmade items directly from the maker.

Check out for more information and vendor…

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The Fitchburg Holiday Lights Tour is back for 2021 on Saturday, December 18th from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Let's make spirits bright by sharing your animated sculptures, interactive displays, twinkling lights and holiday décor. Deliver oohs and aahs all throughout the city with your neighbors and visitors to Fitchburg.

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Bring your family and friends through this quaint light display that will be sure to put you in the holiday spirit! Drive through the winter scenery in the comfort of your car. Approximately a half mile of lights and displays will brighten up Ripley Park.

Fee: Donations appreciated at park drop box

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Get ready for one of Madison’s most unique holiday traditions!


Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 26 – December 30. It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights. 


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Fitchburg Farm's Winter Craft Market is now open! 125+ Booths are displaying daily 10am to 6pm through 12/20. Please stop by to support local artists for the holidays this year.

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Winter Fantasia, a treasured holiday tradition, features two cherished winter stories rooted in Scandinavian folklore and brought to life through the magic of dance. In choreographing Winter Fantasia’s “Once Upon a Winters Eve” and the “Norse Tree of Life”, Kanopy’s co-artistic director, Lisa Thurrell, was inspired by…

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Skip the lines and shipping times and send your friend a gift card. Try Dane Buy Local for locally owned shops and businesses. Or Madison Originals and Food Fight Restaurant Group for dozens of local restaurants. 

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