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 The events are listed in order by date.

Tis the season!

Downtown Madison Seasonal Lighting Ceremony

Saturday, November 19 | 6:08pm 

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.


North Pole Party at Hilldale

November 20 | 3pm-6pm

  • 3:00 – 5:30 PM: Pose for a photo with the reindeer pulling their sleigh on the Green near L.L. Bean
  • Bring a Book for Madison Reading Project’s book drive
  • 3:00 – 6:00 PM: Stroll and shop Hilldale for Black Friday preview sales
  • 3:00 – 5:00 PM: Join Creando Explorertorium on the Green (near bartaco) for free crafts for kids
  • 5:00 – 7:00 PM: Entertainment


8th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting at The Edgewater

November 25 | 2pm-7pm

Join us for our 8th annual Holiday Tree Lighting, Friday, November 24. This special tradition will feature fun for the entire family. Enjoy Madison favorites like David Landau, the Central Midwest Ballet Academy and of course, Santa and Mrs. Claus themselves! Family activities begin in the Grand Ballroom at 2pm with the tree lighting ceremony at approximately 6pm.

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


Light the Ice in Monona

November 26, 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.


Downtown Sun Prairie Fire & Lights Holiday Parade

November 26 | 3:45p-6pm

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 1 | 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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Victorian Holiday Weekend in Stoughton

November 30- December 4

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.


November 30


Wisconsin Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting

December 2, 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 2 | 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 2 | 6:30-8pm

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


Cottage Grove | Christmas in the Grove

December 2-4 | 3:30pm-6pm


Hometown Holidays in Verona

December 3


December 3


Downtown Middleton

December 3

The City of Middleton is planning a “Light the Green” event at Stone Horse Green in downtown Middleton (just off Hubbard Avenue).


Janesville Jolly Jingle

December 2-4

Ring in the holiday season with this fun family weekend in Janesville, Wisconsin, featuring a wide variety of activities for all ages including ice skating, a lighted parade, live theater, fireworks, a tree lighting, fun run, family entertainment, kids activities and more.  Most activities are free or low cost.

Consider making it a getaway weekend
by staying over at one of our comfortable lodging options.

Janesville’s Jolly Jingle is held annually the first weekend in December.


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


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

More details.

Photo by Tom Rife Photography | Rotary Botanical Gardens, Janesville

Rotary Lights, Waunakee

500 E. Main Street, Waunakee 

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.

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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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