MADISON, Wis. (November 15, 2006)—Downtown Madison will come alive this month with holiday traditions old and new as businesses welcome shoppers. State Street and the Capitol Square will be dressed for the season with the holiday “snowflake” lights and evergreen decorations, a free weekend trolley will carry shopper through the district, Downtown Ambassadors will greet riders with gift bags with special offers from business, and carolers will stroll the street to serenade shoppers.
“It’s all part of the unique, welcoming experience created by our community of businesses,” said
Trolley Gift Bags: Riders on the trolley will also be treated to free downtown Madison gift bags, filled with promotions, coupons, special offers and information from more than 30 businesses and organizations (free, one per trolley rider, while supplies last).
Downtown Information Ambassadors: While the outdoor downtown information booths are closed for the season, Information Ambassadors will be staffing tables in the Overture Center Rotunda Lobby (
Carolers and Dancers! On Saturdays and Sundays in December from 1 pm – 3 pm, the following volunteer choral groups (and one dance troupe!) will start at either the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art Lobby (Saturdays, 227 State Street) or the Overture Rotunda Lobby (Sundays, 201 State Street), and then stroll State Street and the Capitol Square, and hop on the trolley, to carol and perform for shoppers. New this year, on Dec. 17, Kanopy Student Dance Ensemble members will perform holiday-inspired excerpts in costumes from their Winter Joy concert…magical snow fairies, however, due to the chilly weather, rather than barefoot, you will see boots!
Sunday, December 3 (Overture Rotunda): UW MadHatters (www.uwmadhatters.com)
Saturday, December 9 (MMoCA): Capitol Chordsmen Barbershop Chorus
Sunday, December 10 (Overture Rotunda): Tangled Up in Blue (www.uwtuib.com/home.php)
Saturday, December 16 (MMoCA): Madison Youth Choirs (www.madisonyouthchoirs.org)
Sunday, December 17 (Overture Rotunda): Kanopy Dance Company (www.kanopydance.org)
Saturday, December 23 (MMoCA): Philharmonic Chorus of
[NOTE: No performance scheduled Saturday, December 2.]
The holiday “snowflake” lights that decorate
This conversion to LED lighting is supported by sponsorship from Madison Gas and Electric, with additional support from the Wisconsin Department of Administration, Division of Energy. Both the snowflakes lights and holiday evergreen decorations will be installed beginning the week of November 13, with the lighting expected to be completely up and illuminating the district by the Saturday after Thanksgiving (Nov. 25).
Downtown Madison Gift Certificates are accepted at more than 100 shops, restaurants, museums, cafes, bars and other establishments on State Street and the Capitol Square. They make the perfect holiday gift! They can be purchased at The Overture Center Ticket Office at