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New Year’s Eve Picks

  Where will you be when the ball drops? Madison has plenty of New Years options, like the famous party at Essen Haus. With two bars and two bands, attendees get steins to keep along with a champagne toast at midnight, buffets and craft beers. The decadent dinner starts with appetizers at 6 p.m. before…

Merry Madison Christmas

  Madison is often a true winter wonderland, and it all starts at the annual Fantasy in Lights display. Starting in mid-November and ending January 2, the lights turn on at Olin Park at 4 p.m. daily. The free event has been taking place for 17 years, and is truly a Madison tradition. Pack a…

Gourmet Madison Chocolates

  The holiday season isn’t complete without sampling local chocolates, and there’s plenty in Madison to go around. The region known for premium dairy doesn’t disappoint. Try the goodies at Gail Ambrosia Chocolatier, where elegantly hand-crafted chocolates are the star and the quaint atmosphere makes it the perfect place for post-dinner desserts. Paired and layered…

Summer in December?

  Crawdaddy Cove Indoor Water Park is the only indoor option for getting wet and wild in Madison. Why wait for summer? Head to the bayou-themed park year-round for a splashing good time. There’s family fun for all ages, and you’ll feel like you’ve escaped to the sizzling Louisiana bayou even when it’s a winter…

Mount Horeb Trolls

  Just 22 miles from Madison is the quaint little town of Mount Horeb—but small, charming towns aren’t always as innocent as they seem. The town was originally settled by Norwegian immigrants who brought much of their culture and history to Wisconsin, including their myths and folklore. In the 1970s, a Scandinavian gift shop located…

Madison Thanksgiving Happenings

  Wisconsin is the perfect place to spend Thanksgiving. With its four distinct seasons and a chill in the air, you’ll feel ushered into the holiday season. (And having the best cheese for that staple mac ‘n’ cheese dish is a bonus!) If you’ll be in Madison this holiday season, check out the brunch at…

Oh, Honey!

  When it comes to food, Madison is famous for its dairy, but don’t overlook all the buzz about bees. Honey farming is big business around Wisconsin, and especially in Madison. At Mad Urban Bees, you can visit the beekeepers daily and even take a beekeeping class or two. Learn more about the magic of…

Turkey Trots and Holiday Runs

  Life is all about balance—like balancing those rich holiday meals with a little extra recreation. Outdoor runs in Madison let you take in the beauty of the city from a new perspective. Sign up for the Madison Turkey Trot and “run the tradition” (which means famous cinnamon rolls when you cross the finish line)….

A Madison Halloween

  The leaves are changing, there’s a chill in the air—and you have plenty of options to make your Halloween in Madison frightfully good. Visitors with kids love the Halloween themes at Madison libraries, designed just for little ones. Throughout October, costumes are encouraged at ghostly story times, so you have a full month of…

Pump It Up

  Looking for an exciting, fun and unique place for your child’s next birthday party or a group outing? At Pump It Up, it’s all super-sized fun with huge inflatable playgrounds. There are games everything, a massive blow-up birthday throne, and so much more. Choose from a variety of packages or work with the team…