Many downtown businesses are staying open late AND offering some great specials! Make sure to check them out when you come to the Market.

Great Shopping, Family Events & Community Pride – Shine On Madison

With more than 101 events, 7 community light displays, 13 specially decorated areas, fantastic restaurants and the region’s best shopping options, Downtown Madison is the perfect place to celebrate the season with friends and family.

Downtown business and property owners, community organizations and area non-profits have joined forces to present a unified Downtown Holiday Celebration called “Shine On Madison.” This six-week community event will include a holiday lighting ceremony, a celebration of the history of the Capitol, a special focus on downtown retailers, enjoyment of the arts and a strong sense of community.

We’ve added 13 new lighted activity areas and 7 community partner light displays. These new lights along with over 100 snowflake pole lights and seasonal planters will create a fun festive reason to come visit. (An interactive Google map is linked from Facebook and is available here.)

LIGHTING CEREMONY AT 6:08pm (November 18)
Join city VIPs, Santa & Mrs. Claus, Bucky Badger, and more for a special ceremony beginning at 6pm on November 18 where the Capitol Square meets State Street. At 6:08pm (a nod to our 608 area code) in partnership with WOLX 94.9 we will turn on all the lights! Area arts groups and non-profits are also participating with special events like a “Musical Petting Zoo” at the Madison Public Library from 2 – 5pm.

A new Madison Night Market – Winter Carnival will include 40 – 50 vendors showcasing handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, prepackaged foods, games and special visiting food carts. This winter event will be held on the 100 block of State Street November 18 from 2pm – 8pm.

Businesses in the BID are competing for bragging rights! The Window Display Competition will run from Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, November 26. Guests can pick up and drop off a ballot at the Downtown Visitors Center (452 State Street) near Lisa Link Peace Park or at participating businesses.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE (November 24 – 26)
Shoppers are invited to visit Downtown Madison for November 24-26! This busy shopping weekend is a lot of fun with special retail offers and treats, the Holiday Trolley and musicians. This weekend also includes family-friendly events like a special Friday edition of Overture Center’s Kids in the Rotunda. The DreamBank hosts crafts and pictures with Santa while other area partners have more family events and activities.