6 Reasons to Celebrate the Season in Madison, WI | Midwest Living

6 Reasons to Celebrate the Season in Madison, WI

  • Christmas Tree

    Capital Assets

    Madison is magical during the holidays, and your first stop while visiting should be the State Capitol. During December, a 40-foot-tall Holiday Tree is adorned with 700 feet of gold garland, 2,400 multi-colored lights and 1,400 ornaments made by local school children. The best vantage point is from the viewing station on the sixth floor, which is approximately at eye level with the star on top of the Balsam Fir. This festive feeling continues across the city—try ice skating at the beautifully adorned Edgewater hotel, or listen to carolers on State Street while taking the holiday trolley.   http://www.visitmadison.com/

  • State Street Shopping

    State Street Shopping

    Shop Madison’s State Street this holiday season for something special for those on your list! This corridor connects the Capitol to the UW-Madison campus, and is considered by many as THE place to shop. State Street is pedestrian-only, making it easy to hop from one specialty store to another, and the Holiday Open House on November 25-27 gives you even more reasons to shop: trolley rides, family shows, welcome bags and special offers.  http://www.visitmadison.com/

  • Zoo Lights

    Zoo Lights

    Start a new family tradition this year with Zoo Lights, a magical attraction featuring 300 displays with 200,000 twinkling holiday lights at Madison’s Henry Vilas Zoo. This new attraction is the only one of its kind in Wisconsin and runs the Friday after Thanksgiving through January 1, 2017. The zoo’s carousel and train will be open nightly, and special events like a craft marketplace and live music will add to the atmosphere some nights. Cost is only $7/person and children three and under are free.  http://www.visitmadison.com/

  • Beer

    Cheers to Beer

    Madison’s craft beer scene is buzzing due to the numerous, award-winning microbreweries, dedicated tours and restaurants offering many options on tap. When in Madison, visit Wisconsin Brewing’s tasting room—the brewery is listed as One of the Best Up-and-Coming Breweries in the Midwest by Thrillist. Hop on a Hop Head Tour for the history of local beer brewing, or pick one of the 52 Wisconsin beers on tap at The Old Fashioned, which also makes a great Old Fashioned! Not a beer drinker? The Madison area is home to several wineries and distilleries too—try a specialty cocktail at the Old Sugar Distillery for “proof.”   http://www.visitmadison.com/

  • Joyful Performances

    Joyful Performances

    Madison’s performing arts scene is something like a phenomenon—it has the breadth and depth of a city twice its size. The Overture Center for the Arts is home to more than 200 performances, art exhibitions, and community events each year. This holiday season, enchant yourself with one of the many decorated productions like The Nutcracker, A Christmas Carol and A Madison Symphony Christmas—available now through the end of the year.  http://www.visitmadison.com/

  • Hotel Week

    Hotel Week

    You can also give the gift of Madison this holiday season! Take advantage of discounted hotel rates by reserving a room during Madison Hotel Week, February 10-19, 2017. Hotel Week was named one of the best travel deals from around the globe by The Washington Post and room rates are $75, $100 or $125 a night. A list of participating properties is online and you can book a room today!  http://www.visitmadison.com/

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