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Holiday Happenings

The region offers many ways
to celebrate the holidays

Madison, Ind., features a parade,
light-up ceremony and more

(November 2018) – The Christmas season is always a magical time in downtown Madison, Ind. This year’s festivities will kick off with the Downtown Holiday Open House, where Madison’s Main Street district merchants will offer extended hours, live music and elaborate holiday window displays to usher  in the Christmas spirit.
On Friday, Nov. 9, most businesses along Main Street will be open late from 5-9 p.m. for the event. The Madison Courier is offering the chance to enter a drawing for a $500 shopping spree. Children of all ages can stop in G.H. Coffee for a free Christmas cookie. Shoppers should stop in as many merchants as possible for more goodies and special Christmas items.
This is the ninth year for the Downtown Holiday Open House event. It has become a community favorite and also draws folks from out of town who return each year to enjoy the picturesque and lively atmosphere of Christmas in historic Madison.
“You can sense the holiday spirit in the air,” explains Victoria Perry, executive director of the Madison Main Street Program. “The merchants are excited, shoppers are excited. You can’t help but enjoy yourself.”

Photo courtesy of Andrew Forrester

The annual Madison (Ind.) Very Merry Christmas Parade is among the more popular events of the holiday season.

Perry encourages shoppers to look out for the Madison Elfie this Christmas season to participate in the #MadisonSelfies contest. Win gift cards to local retailers when you find the elf and post a pic together. More details can be found on Madison Main Street’s Facebook event “MadisonSelfies.”
Keep an eye on the calendar because many more Christmas celebrations will be taking place in downtown Madison throughout the month of November.
n On Nov. 10, antiques shoppers can “Deal with the Dealer” at the annual Christmas Open House at the Lumber Hill Antique Mall, 721 W. First St., in Madison and at Persnickety Antiques, 215 W. Lagrange Rd. in Hanover.
n Lanthier Winery is offering its annual Holiday Decorating Workshop on Nov. 10 and Nov. 18, as well as their Festival of Trees, which includes the Midwest’s largest Christmas angel display, beginning Nov. 23. Customers who attend these events can sample a pre-release of the Lanthier’s holiday wines.
n The two weekends of the Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour of Homes is planned for Nov. 23-24 and Nov. 30 – Dec. 1. (See story, Page 5) Visitors can stop by the Lanier-Madison Visitor Center at 601 W. First St. before each tour night for the Nights Great Cookie Caper bake sale to support local charities.
n On Nov. 24 at 5 p.m., the Jefferson County Public Library will have caroling, a visit with Santa and a reading of “Twas the Night Before Christmas.” Then, children can walk with Santa to the tree lighting at the Broadway Fountain at 6 p.m.
n The Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade, sponsored by Arvin Sango, takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, beginning at Jefferson and Main Streets. The parade includes performers from the Cincinnati Circus, the Indiana Bicycle Club and several marching bands. One Madisonian will be honored as grand marshal. Groups who wish to design a Christmas-themed float for the parade can still register. Nomination forms and parade registrations are on the city’s website, www.madison-in.gov.

More information about the Christmas events in Madison can be found at VisitMadison.org.

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