Madison’s Central BID: Holiday Open House Nov. 29-30: More family activities plus Teen Gift Drive!

MADISON, Wis. — Enjoy free holiday fun for kids and families plus special offers at participating merchants at the Downtown Madison Holiday Open House, Friday and Saturday, November 29-30, 2013, from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm, on State Street and the Capitol Square. The Holiday Open House has been expanded to include family fun performances and activities on the Friday as well as Saturday after Thanksgiving, plus a new “Shop for Good” program supporting the United Way of Dane County Teen Gift Drive. All family fun activities are free! Information is at or (608) 512-1342.

Enjoy an ice sculpting demonstration in Peace Park, pictures with Santa and a holiday crafting party at DreamBank, Holiday Trolley rides and welcome bags, “Kids in the Rotunda” performances at Overture Center (including a special Friday Kids in the Rotunda, “Bubble Wonders” and Saturday’s “Shadow Puppetry with Daniel Barash”), plus activities for children and adults at the new Central Library. Stop by downtown businesses, many locally owned, to get a start on your holiday shopping. “Shop for Good” to help local teens have a happy holiday season, and join downtown merchants in supporting United Way of Dane County. For event information, maps, directions, and more, stop by the Downtown Visitor Center (452 State St., 9:00 am – 5:00 pm) or Overture Center Downtown Info Table (201 State St., 10:00 am – 2:00 pm), Nov. 29-30.

A full list and schedule of downtown family fun activities Nov. 29-30 is at

While enjoying the Holiday Open House, you can “Shop for Good” and help local teens have a happy holiday season! While shopping downtown, pick up a gift from a “wish list” created by teens, and drop off your donation during the Holiday Open House. United Way will distribute to teens of families in need. Full details, including the Teen Gift Drive “wish list” of items, and drop off locations and times, are at, or watch for the Holiday Open House brochure and “Wish List” in GIVING magazine in the Nov. 21 issue of Isthmus. The Teen Gift Drive is sponsored by BMO Harris Bank and Isthmus.

The free Downtown Holiday Trolley continues Saturdays, December 7, 14, and 21, running from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Also enjoy carolers strolling State Street and the Square on those Saturdays from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm. Information is at .

The Downtown Holiday Open House, Holiday Trolley and carolers are presented by Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID) with support from the Greater State Street Business Association (GSSBA). Thanks to our Sponsor, DreamBank – American Family Insurance. Thanks also to our Media Partners Isthmus, and 94.9 WOLX and Programming Partners Madison Public Library’s Central Library and Overture Center for the Arts.

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Media Contact:

Mary Carbine

Executive Director

Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID)

122 W. Washington Ave., Ste. 250, Madison, WI 53703

t: (608) 512-1340

[email protected]