Thu, Aug 24, 2017
Events : Holiday Trolley & Carolers
Make holiday shopping and dining special - enjoy downtown Madison's State Street, Capitol Square and King Street areas, home to more than 350 shops, boutiques, galleries, restaurants and night spots, many locally owned.
Directory of shops and restaurants.
Holiday shopping is especially jolly with the Downtown Trolley! The red "Holiday Shopping Trolley" will run up & down State Street and around the Capitol Square from 10:00 am - 4:00 pm on the following days. Catch at bus stops:*
The trolley will be decorated and staffed by volunteer Downtown Information Ambassadors who will greet riders, hand out treats for kids, and offer shopping suggestions, directions, and downtown maps. Riders on the trolley will also be treated to free Downtown Madison Welcome Bags (made possible thanks to our sponsor DreamBank - American Family Insurance) with promotions, coupons, special offers and information from downtown businesses and organizations (free, one per trolley rider, while supplies last).
Volunteer community and UW-Madison choral groups and dancers will stroll State Street and the Capitol Square--and even hop on the trolley--to carol and perform for shoppers on Saturdays in December. Performances start at 11 am and at noon at the Madison Children's Museum (MCM, 100 N. Hamilton St.) and at 1 pm in the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby (MMoCA, 227 State Street).
(All performances kick off at the time and museum lobby indicated below, before groups begin strolling around State Street and the Capitol Square. Schedule subject to change.)
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE Friday, November 25
Saturday, Dec. 10
Saturday, Dec. 17
Downtown Madison Gift Certificates are accepted at more than 175 shops, restaurants, museums, cafes, bars and other establishments on State Street and the Capitol Square. They make the perfect holiday gift! ORDER ONLINE, or purchase in person at the Overture Center Ticket Office, 201 State Street, or the University Bookstore, 711 State Street.
Downtown Visitor Center and Saturday Info Table
Holiday shoppers can count on our Downtown Information Ambassadors for helpful directions, shopping and dining suggestions, maps, and a friendly smile. Downtown Ambassadors staff the Downtown Visitor Center at 452 State St. Sunday-Thursday 11 am-5 pm; Friday 11 am-6 pm, and Saturday 9 am-6 pm.
Ambassadors will also staff an information table in the Overture Center Rotunda Lobby (201 State Street) from 10 am to 2 pm on Fri.-Sun. Nov. 25-27 and Saturdays December 3, 10 and 17. Stop by while shopping, attending Kids in the Rotunda, or enjoying the spectacular holiday lighting in the Overture Center.
The winter "snowflake" lights decorating State Street and the Capitol Square from Thanksgiving through January are a downtown Madison tradition. The lighting is funded by downtown business and property owners through Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID), in partnership with the City of Madison Parks.
The lighting has been upgraded this year thanks in part to the sponsorship of the Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA) and Madison Gas and Electric (MGE). The lighting is energy-saving LEDs, which use up to 95% less energy than regular incandescent bulbs. Now downtown Madison is truly "green" and bright for the holidays!