Holiday Open House

Friday-Sunday, November 29-30 & December 1, 2019
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.

Check back this winter for the full list of 2019 participating merchants!

Click here for an interactive google map of business specials and activity locations from 2018.

Click here for a downloadable PDF of the 2018 special offers at participating merchants.

For a full list of seasonal events, lighting displays, and shopping ideas go to www.shineonmadison.com

2018 HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE ACTIVITIES

Check back this winter for the full list of 2019 activities!

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

Pictures with Santa at the Concourse Hotel
Saturday & Sunday ONLY
10am - 2pm (Free)
Madison Concourse Hotel, 1 W. Dayton St.
Hop the Downtown Holiday Trolley and head to the Madison Concourse Hotel for photos with Santa! Photos with Santa will be on a first-come, first-served basis. (Santa photos available Saturday & Sunday only.)

Ever Gleaming
At the Wisconsin Historical Museum . Relive holiday memories, pose for pictures in a replica 1960's living room, and see over two dozen Evergleams in this display of shiny aluminum trees. (Admission by donation.)

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 23

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!

SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 24

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

Monkey Business
Get ready for a serious case of the giggles! The Monkey Business Institute features the best improvised comedy in the region. With no set, props, scripts or line memorization to fall back on in this special performance for youngsters, the Monkey Business Institute uses their super strong imaginations to create spur-of-the-moment, seat-of-their-pants improvisational comedy

Rooftop Ramble 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 a bird feeder from 10:30am-12pm.

Craft Bar & Cocktails
11am - 6pm (Priced by project)
Revel , 107 N. Hamilton St.
Drop into the Craft Bar and make DIY ornaments. We provide the supplies and instructions, you sip seasonal beverages while making one or a whole set of ornaments to adorn your tree.

SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 25

Craft Bar & Cocktails
1pm - 6pm (Priced by project)
Revel , 107 N. Hamilton St.
Drop into the Craft Bar and make DIY ornaments. We provide the supplies and instructions, you sip seasonal beverages while making one or a whole set of ornaments to adorn your tree.

Rooftop Ramble at Madison Children's Museum
9 AM - 4 PM (regular admission applies)
Madison Children's Museum, 100 N. Hamilton St.
Visit the MCM to paint watercolors from 10:00am-12:00pm and Dream Catchers from 1:00pm-2:00pm.

Catch the Holiday Trolley December 7, 14, & 21

Come Back for Holiday Trolley, Carolers and More, Saturdays in December
The free Holiday Trolley continues Saturdays, December 7, 14, & 21, running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm along with carolers strolling State Street and the Square Saturdays from 11:00 am to 4:00 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 also to our Media Partners:

and Programming Partners:

2019 Schedule

  • November 29 - 30 & December 1