Tree Lightings & Holiday Events | Greater Madison, WI Area

(Madison, WI): We’ve rounded up the tree lighting ceremonies and events in and around Madison, WI this holiday season! If there is something we missed – please let us know in the comments below or by emailing [email protected] The events are listed in order by date.

Tis the season!

Downtown Madison Seasonal Lighting Ceremony

Thursday, November 18 | 4pm 

During the November Night Market, downtown Madison will shine bright. Enjoy live music, and shop a variety of market vendors and downtown stores. Then join near the Wisconsin State Capitol as all holiday lights turn on simultaneously at 6:08 p.m.


Downtown Middleton

November 20 | 4:00pm

Each year, Middleton community members gather ’round for the annual city tree lighting — which takes place at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Ave., Middleton.

4 p.m.: Begin at the Middleton Area Historical Society and Rowley House Museum (7410 Hubbard Ave., Middleton) for popcorn and cider

Green Space next to Middleton City Hall
Find arts & crafts, hot chocolate and a selfie station!

Hubbard Avenue in front of City Hall
Games, activities and at 5:10 p.m., a performance by MRD Dance Clinic

5:15 p.m. City Hall, front entrance
Welcome by Mayor Brar with a special appearance by Santa to light the tree. Photo opps with Santa will follow.


North Pole Party at Hilldale

November 21 | 3pm-7pm

Kick off the Holiday season at Hilldale with Reindeer Games and Tree Lighting Event.  Featuring a visit from Santa and a few of his reindeer, kids crafts, carolers and a preview of Black Friday shopping deals.


7th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at The Edgewater

November 26 | 2pm-7pm

Kick off the season with Santa, Mrs. Claus and several special guests. Outdoor events will begin at 2pm and the trees will be lit at 6pm with Santa & Mrs. Claus.

Event is free and open to the public, food and beverage will be available for purchase.


Light the Ice in Monona

November 27, 6-7pm

Monona’s RiverRink transforms into a winter wonderland with 10,000 lights strung on a 20-foot-tall tree. Join for the tree lighting, plus light displays, hot chocolate and ice skating.


Drive In Chanukah Ceremony at Hilldale 

November 30, 4:15-5:30pm

This year’s Menorah lighting at Hilldale will be a drive-in ceremony at sundown. Attendees will park behind Macy’s and enjoy messages, videos and music on a larger-than-life screen.


Wisconsin Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting

December 3, Noon-1pm

Join inside the Capitol Rotunda for an hour-long presentation with remarks from the Governor and music from a youth choir. Learn where this year’s giant tree is from, and see the ornaments created by kids from across Wisconsin.

Tree Lighting + Caroling with Santa in Oregon

December 3 | 5:30-8:30pm

Santa rides into town on a firetruck to light Oregon’s holiday tree. Afterward, head to the local fire station for a chili dinner and photos with Santa.


Waunakee Light the Night 

December 3 | 6:30

The light parade and Santa will come down Main Street at 6:30pm. Rotary lights, downtown shopping and more!


Downtown Sun Prairie Fire & Lights Holiday Parade

December 4 | 5:30-8pm

Firetrucks dress in their holiday best as they lead the parade to a tree-lighting celebration with Santa.

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Holiday Tree Lighting in New Glarus 

December 4 | 6:30pm

Their daily Adventsfenster window will be revealed, followed by a tree lighting. Visit the Depot for treats and enjoy music from carolers and the holiday alphorns.

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Cottage Grove | Christmas in the Grove

December 2-5

Light up the Grove kicks off Thursday December 2 at Drumlin Reserve. Drive thru their light display at 139 E. Reynolds St. on Thursday from 5pm-7pm and receive a festive goodie bag and a Light up the Grove Map provided by Drumlin Reserve!  Santa will be there to send you off on the light tour! View contestants’ light displays all weekend long!

Friday December 3, 2021
Visit with Santa! Monona Bank (341 W Cottage Grove Rd) 3:30-6pm.

Holiday Parade of Lights – 7PM -Begins at Cottage Grove Elementary and heads west on Cottage Grove Road to Sandpiper Trail.

Holiday Tree Lighting – Bank of Sun Prairie – following the parade.

Chocolate Walk – Following the tree lighting. Walk around the Market Place Shopping Center and stop in participating businesses for a chocolate treat!


Victorian Holiday Weekend in Stoughton

December 2-5

Stoughton’s weekend-long holiday celebration is overflowing with old-world charm. The annual lighting of the Love light Tree kicks off a weekend of music, artisanal shopping, local food and more.


Hometown Holidays in Verona

December 7-9

5 pm – Annual Tree-Lighting Ceremony with CBS’s Weatherman Gary “Indiana” Cannalte! Enjoy carolers and the arrival of Santa on the Fire Truck!

5:30 pm – 5 Alarm Chili Dinner from the Verona Fire Department at the Verona Senior Center (right next to Central Park). Includes visits with Santa (great photo-op!), crafts for the kids and community fellowship!


The Verona Lion’s Club present “Saturday with Santa” at State Bank of Cross Plains in Verona

  • Santa will be here to visit with children and their families! Don’t forget your Cameras!
  • Balloon Sculptures and Face Painting for the kids while they wait to see Santa!
  • Healthy Food Snacks will be available after the kids visit Santa!
  • The Verona Lions Club will provide free children’s vision screening using the latest in digital screening equipment.
  • For more information, call 848-1371 or email [email protected]

Jingle & Mingle on the Verona Road Corridor

Join businesses in the Verona Road area for Jingle & Mingle! Visit with Santa, enjoy strolling carolers, family-friendly activities, ornament & card making, holiday pet portraits, adult seasonal cocktails, ice sculptures, horse carriage rides, LIVE reindeer & holiday gift markets.

Santa’s Workshop at Greenway Station

December 10 – 11 | 11am-2pm

  • 11am – 4pm: Complimentary gift wrap
  • 11am – 4pm: Register for your chance to win a $250 shopping spree
  • 11am – 2pm: Selfies and photos with Santa. Please bring your camera/phone to take your own photo
  • 11am – 2pm: Free make & take kids crafts
  • 11am – 2pm: Complimentary hot cocoa and specialty coffee

Holiday Lights Tour in Fitchburg 

December 18 | 6-9pm

Fitchburg’s Holiday Lights Tour returns with animated sculptures, interactive displays, lights and holiday décor. A map with locations will be released closer to the event.

Best Places to Cruise for Christmas Lights

Fantasy In Lights

Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
November 13 – the New Year; Dawn to Dusk | FREE

Over 50 light displays, including many new items will be brought out to the park and set up for all to enjoy. Booths are open (think candy canes!) from 4:30 – 10:00 pm each evening!

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Hickory Hill Academy

Open to the public through the end of the year – cars are welcome to pull into the parking lot and view from there.

3276 S. High Point Road | Madison, WI

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Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo

Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 9:00pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 26 – December 30. It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights.

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University Avenue at University Bay Drive, Madison

Photo Credit: Jon Pfeiffer Photography | University Avenue

Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show

1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville

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Photo by Tom Rife Photography | Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville

Rotary Lights, Waunakee

500 E. Main Street, Waunakee | November 21-December 31

Waunakee’s Village Park transforms into a winter wonderland with light-lined streets and holiday displays. Enjoy the lights either on foot or from your car.

Lake Ripley Park Holiday Lights, Cambridge 

November 30 – January 1
Get into the holiday spirit with a light display in Cambridge’s Lake Ripley Park. Drive through nearly a half mile of holiday lights and displays.

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    • Tracy, your address didn’t come up for me in Google. I’d love to check out your house, maybe your street name was autocorrected?

  1. If you get to the East Side of Madison. Our display is pretty nice. It’s the biggest it’s been so far and we have a steady flow of people every night. 2926 Sachs Street just off N Marquette St

  2. We have a large blow mold display. 3766 Sunburst Rd. Madison. About a mile from American Family Insurance. American Parkway turns into Rattman Rd at 4 way stop. Then 2nd development on the left at top of hill. There is another large display farther down on Rattman Rd.


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