Madison Central Business Improvement District
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Mon, Jun 26, 2017
Events : Holiday Open House
Downtown Madison Holiday Open House
Friday-Saturday, Nov. 25-27, 2016
9:00 am - 4:00 pm, State Street & Capitol Square

Holiday Fun! Great Shopping! Family Shows and Activities, Trolley Rides & Welcome Bags, plus Special Offers and Refreshments from Participating Merchants.
Click here for details on participating merchants.



You can download a PDF of the special offers at participating merchants here.

You can also use this google map to help you on your shopping mission.

2016 Holiday Open House Activities


Friday - Sunday, November 25 - 27



Holiday Trolley
10am - 4pm (Free)
State Street & Capitol Square
Welcome bags, treats for kids, easy shopping! Catch the trolley at regular bus stops.




Kids Activities at DreamBank!
10am - 4pm (Free)
DreamBank, 1 N. Pinckney
Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to DreamBank with the family for free hot cocoa, a holiday crafting workshop and photos with Santa! Crafting and cocoa are available all day and photos with Santa will be on a first-come, first-served basis. (Santa photos available Friday and Saturday only.)




The Illusionists at Overture Center for the Arts
11/22 - 11/27 (Individually Ticketed)
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.
This mind blowing spectacular showcases the jaw dropping talents of seven of the most incredible Illusionists on earth. The Illusionists-Live From Broadway™ has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen on stage. This non-stop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.


Peppermint Twinkletree's Warm & Fuzzy Holiday Village
Sponsored by Central Madison's Business Improvement District
1pm - 3pm (Free)
Lisa Link Peace Park, 452 State St.
Come visit Peppermint Twinkletree's Warm & Fuzzy Holiday Village at Lisa Link Park serving up s'mores and silly fun!


Maps, directions, event info & more at the Downtown Visitor Center (452 State St., 9am - 6pm) or Downtown Info Table in Overture Center Lobby (201 State St., 10am - 2pm).





FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Special "Kids in the Rotunda" shows
9:30 AM, 11 AM & 1 PM (Free)
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.

Rockin' blues with The Cash Box Kings. Learn about the blues, dance, sing and even get up on stage to play harmonica. A be-bopping party that will have the entire family on their feet!

Downtown Holiday Carolers
From 1pm - 3 pm: Madison Maennerchor will serenade holiday shoppers as strolling carolers.



SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 26

Kids in the Rotunda shows
9:30 AM, 11 AM & 1 PM (Free)
Overture Center for the Arts, 201 State St.

Truly Remarkable Loon
Enjoy the wacky stunts, sidesplitting comedy, gravity-defying plate spinning and spectacular juggling of Madison's craziest purple guy, Truly Remarkable Loon! From beanbag chairs to a parasol to a live mongoose, if it isn't nailed down you can't stop Loon from tossing it in the air in a hilarious juggling variety act that you and your family won't soon forget!

Art After Overture
9 AM - 2 PM (Free)
Madison Public Library's Central Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.
Stop by Central Library for art activities, special book displays and more, inspired by Holiday performances at Overture Center for the Arts' Kids in the Rotunda series.

Art Studio at Madison Children's Museum
9 AM - 4 PM (regular admission applies)
Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St.
Visit the MCM Art Studio to make holiday thank you cards and gift baskets.

Craft Bar & Cocktails
11am - 6pm (Priced by project)
Revel, 107 N. Hamilton St.
Stop in to Revel any time during open hours and select a project off of our Craft Bar menu. Work through it in a self-guided manner while socializing and enjoying a drink or snack from our bar!




SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 27

Art Studio at Madison Children's Museum
9 AM - 4 PM (regular admission applies)
Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St.
Visit the MCM Art Studio to make holiday thank you cards and gift baskets.

Craft Bar & Cocktails
11am - 6pm (Priced by project)
Revel, 107 N. Hamilton St.
Stop in to Revel any time during open hours and select a project off of our Craft Bar menu. Work through it in a self-guided manner while socializing and enjoying a drink or snack from our bar!





Catch the Holiday Trolley Nov. 25 - 27, and Dec. 3, 10 and 17
Come Back for Holiday Trolley, Carolers and More, Saturdays in December
The free Holiday Trolley continues Saturdays, December 3, 10, and 17, running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm along with carolers strolling State Street and the Square Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. For downtown maps, directions, event info, and shopping and dining suggestions, the Downtown Visitor Center (452 State St.) is open daily, or stop by the Downtown Information Table at Overture Center (201 State St.) Saturdays from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The Downtown Holiday Open House is brought to you by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) with support from the Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA).

Thanks to our Sponsor DreamBank - American Family Insurance.

Thanks also to our Media Partners:

and Programming Partners:


*Trolley Information for those with disabilities: For patrons with disabilities for whom the trolley may not be accessible, the BID Ambassadors staffing the trolley will provide a free Metro Transit day pass plus a welcome bag. Per Metro Transit: "All fixed-routes are accessible to people with disabilities. Service animals are allowed on Metro buses to assist people with disabilities. ADA-eligible riders may travel on fixed-route buses with a personal care attendant at no additional charge (the rider pays and the attendant rides for free). An ADA eligibility card must be presented when boarding." The free trolley is a service of Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID). More information about Metro Transit is available via the Customer Service Center at 608-266-4466.

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