Great Local Shopping, Seasonal Lights and the Madison Night Market Combined
Shine On Madison Begins SATURDAY
Downtown Madison, WI – It is TIME to come back downtown and create new seasonal traditions.
Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID) announces the 2022 “Shine On Madison” campaign. This campaign brings area property owners, businesses, community organizations and area non-profits together to celebrate the season and shine in Downtown Madison. This year “Shine On Madison” is presented by sponsor Don’s Home Furniture.
“We are honored and excited to participate in the kick-off to the holiday season through Shine On Madison! As a community, we celebrate all holidays making our community so special and unique. We urge everyone to please continue to dine and shop locally this holiday season!
~ Don's Home Furniture owners, Blaine Neupert and Tina Neupert
Everyone is invited to come join as the downtown property and business owners kick-off the 6 week seasonal celebration THIS SATURDAY, November 19 from 4-8pm with a winter night market and a special ceremony at the Top of State Street at 6:08pm to turn on all the lights!
The festivities start off with a combined Madison Night Market WINTER MARKET. The Madison Night Market will include 40 vendors showcasing handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, and prepackaged foods. Retailers and restaurants in the area will feature warm drinks and delicious food. www.madisonnightmarket.com.
The event of the season will include a visit from Santa, Mrs. Claus, Bucky Badger and more!
A great line-up of community VIPS and mascots gets together at the top of State Street to turn on all the seasonal lights. They turn them on at 6:08pm!
The Shine On Madison campaign includes a special focus on community and this year the BID has added more lights and two special cultural displays. These two new additions, located near E. Washington Ave and the Capitol Square include:
• The Menorah is among the most widely produced articles of Jewish Ceremonial art. The seven-branched Menorah is a traditional symbol of Judaism.
• The Kinara - During the week-long celebration of Kwanzaa, seven candles are placed in the kinara—three red on the left, three green on the right, and a single black candle in the center. The word kinara is a Swahili word that means candle holder.
Given the significant increase in incidents of antisemitism across the country,
I am grateful that the BID is interested in presenting a Hannukah Menorah as part of Shine On Madison.
~ Menorah Sponsor Shana R. Lewis, Attorney/Shareholder of Renning Lewis & Lacy, s.c.
This six-week community campaign includes a lighting ceremony, a celebration of downtown partners, a special focus on downtown retailers, enjoyment of our arts groups and a strong sense of community. Information is available at: www.visitdowntownmadison.com/shine-on-madison
SATURDAY NOVEMBER 19 HIGHLIGHTS
Winter Madison Night Market (4 – 8pm)
100 – 400 blocks of State Street.
Shine On Madison Lighting Ceremony (6 – 6:15pm)
Santa and friends turn on the lights at 6:08pm.
Dicken’s Carolers at Lisa Link Peace Park at 5pm & 7pm
Buskers throughout the market
January 9 Downtown Seasonal Planter Program
Located throughout the downtown area, 15 community planter partners have decorated these special displays to add seasonal cheer to the City of Madison.
December Retail Window Decorating Competition BEGINS
A retail window design competition adds additional interest to store windows. Voting runs 11/19 at 6:08pm until 12/18 at 5pm. Ballots are available at the Downtown Visitors Center, located at 452 State Street. Retail Window Decorating Competition winners will be announced December 19.
This year the BID has partnered to present a tour of Community Planters. These planters have been “adopted” by local non-profit organizations and are scattered throughout the downtown. These organizations will add special decorations and share information about the work they do. The displays will be turned on at 6:08pm with all the rest of the displays. 2022 Partners include:
• Boys & Girls Club of Dane County
• Canopy Center
• Culture Collectives
• Glacier's Edge Council, BSA
• League of Women Voters Dane County
• Madison Ballet
• Madison BCycle
• Madison Reading Project
• Madison Senior Center
• Progress Center for Black Women
• Saint Vincent de Paul Madison - Youth Council
• Sierra Club Four Lakes Chapter
• Sustain Dane
• Vision Zero Madison
• Wisconsin Women's Business Initiative Corporation (WWBIC) & Kiva