Christmas in Madison

"City sidewalks, busy sidewalks dressed in holiday style, in the air there's a feeling of Christmas. Children laughing, people passing, meeting smile after smile..." 

Make the season memorable in merry Madison... There's nothing quite like Christmas in historic Madison. From lights adorning the Main Street rooftops with warmly-lit stores filled with gifts below, to our fountain decked out in holiday cheer, and visits from Santa Claus himself, things sure are merry and bright! We welcome all to come savor this season with us and engage with our warm community through these events to have a holly and very jolly Christmas.

Light Up Merry Madison

Come one, come all to the annual light-up ceremony hosted by the Mayor and Santa Claus himself! Join us at the Broadway Fountain at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, November 25th as the city officially recognizes the start of the holiday season in Madison. 

A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade

Each year the streets are filled with children pressing in to get a glimpse of the large helium balloons, book characters and mascots, and festive floats that make their way down Main Street bringing holiday joy to all those who attend.  Madison welcomes you to come see this community-wide event that never fails to spread Christmas cheer! Join us on Main Street at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 3rd to enjoy the parade. The parade route begins at Jefferson & Main Street and continues through Madison’s historic shopping district to Mill Street.

The 2022 A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade brought to you by German American Bank!

Special thanks to our 2022 Title Sponsor, German American Bank, for their generous support. Without their commitment to our community, we would not be able to host this event.

A Very Merry Madison Christmas Celebration

Immediately following A Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade on December 3rd, Broadway Street will be filled with vendors, free crafts for kids, hot chocolate, and more for the community to enjoy until 3:00 p.m. Families can enjoy a trackless train, ice skating rink, and putt-putt at no cost, thanks to the support of our generous sponsors. Santa Claus will be joining in the festivities, and from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m., his LIVE reindeer will be joining as well.

Christmas Craft Show 

December 3rd from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Broadway will be filled with food, Christmas crafts and all the Holiday Cheer. Local craft vendors will be providing and selling their crafts for the community before, during, and after the parade. All the proceeds will go to benefiting the senior citizens programs and events.

Santa Claus

Santa always visits Madison during the holiday season, and he even has a quaint little cottage for the occasion! Children can also write letters to Santa and drop them off at our "North Pole Express" mailbox outside the city hall building. Stop by to see Santa this holiday season in his cottage at the Madison Comfort Station: 221 W. Main Street Madison, IN 47250. Enjoy talking with Santa, taking pictures and see Santa's cottage. Full schedule below

    • Friday, Nov. 25, Santa will be at the Light Up Madison event at 6 p.m.
    • Friday, December 2, from 5 – 8 p.m. @ the Santa House
    • Friday, December 9, from 5 – 8 p.m. @ the Santa House
    • Friday, December 16, from 5 – 8 p.m. @ the Santa House
    • Nov. 26, from 2 – 5 p.m. @ the Santa House
    • Dec. 3, Santa will be at the Parade and Christmas Celebration
    • Dec. 10, from 2 – 5 p.m. @ the Santa House
    • Dec. 17, from 2 – 5 p.m. @ the Santa House

Beginning, November 25th, a Letters to Santa mailbox will be placed outside City Hall. Kids can drop off their letters to Santa until December 14th. These letters will be hand delivered to Santa and letters with a return address will receive a note from Santa. 

Let's make some Christmas Cards!

Students grades K-5 are welcome to submit Christmas card designs, and the winning design will be used for the official City of Madison's Christmas Card this year!

The mayor will choose and announce the winning design at our Light Up Madison event on Nov. 25. We will inform the school and parents of the designer ahead of time so the child and their family can be present for the ceremony with the mayor and Santa himself! 

We invite every K-5 student to submit a design, and we can't wait to see all the creative work that will come in!

Help make Madison Merry and bright...

Please consider donating to our Christmas lights campaign. The city invested in skylines and wreaths, which stretch from Cragmont all the way to the new gateway to Madison. Our goal is to to continue to invest in more lighting for the entire community to get a sentimental feeling when they see everything we have planned for the holiday season. Donations can be mailed to City Hall, 101 W. Main St., Madison, IN 47250.