Guest of Dishonor May Foil First Annual ‘Shine On Madison’
This weekend on SAT, NOV 18, Madison’s Central Business Improvement District (BID), with support from Madison Community Foundation, will host the inaugural lighting ceremony, ‘Shine On Madison,’ to kick off the holiday season. Many downtown businesses are participating in various ways – including turning their lights on at 6:08 p.m. Overture Center is proud to participate with the twinkle lights you see in our Rotunda and Overture Hall Lobby.. as well as GRINCHY GREEN with the LED lights throughout those spaces.
Broadway’s Dr. Seuss’ How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical will be in town TUE, NOV 21 – SUN, NOV 26, but The Grinch himself will be flying in early to attend ‘Shine On Madison’ as the Guest of Dishonor on SAT, NOV 18. We’ll do our best to keep him under control, but he’s not a big fan of holiday celebrations…
There’s a parade, vendors and museums are staying open late for the occasion. Here are some of the special events happening downtown during ‘Shine On Madison’ on SAT, NOV 18:
Shine On Madison Lighting Ceremony
6:08 PM • Downtown Madison • Top of State Street • Join Santa, Bucky and other VIPs to turn on the lights (unless the Grinch manages to sabotage the plans.
MMoCA Art & Gift Fair
10 AM-8 PM • Madison Museum of Contemporary Art/Overture Center • $6 / Children under 12 free • Kid Friendly • mmoca.org/artgiftfair • Come and enjoy a fun-filled weekend of shopping with nearly 100 artist, gourmet food and locally made vendor booths throughout MMoCA and Overture Center. Live music and dance performances, craft making, vignettes, selfie booths, a silent auction and the Rediscovered Treasures Sale.
Thanksgiving Cards and Crafts
9:30 AM-Noon • DreamBank • Free • Kid Friendly • dreamfearlessly.com • Enjoy a morning getting in the festive fall spirit at DreamBank! Bring the whole family and get yourselves ready to give thanks by making Thanksgiving crafts and cards. Stop in anytime between 9:30am and 12pm to show your creative attitude for gratitude!
Holiday Ornament Creations
1-3 PM • DreamBank • FREE • Kid Friendly • dreamfearlessly.com • We’ll be decorating wooden ornaments using paint, modpodge, glitter and more! Come and make a set for your own tree or give them as a gift to spread holiday cheer. This event is first come, first serve while supplies last.
Madison Night Market Winter Carnival
2-8 PM • 100 block of State Street • BID welcomes downtown residents, visitors and families to join in the fun of an outdoor winter carnival.
Free admission! Madison Children’s Museum
5-8 PM • FREE • Kid Friendly • madisonchildrensmuseum.org
Check out the Facebook page for updates and more information!
The Wisconsin State Journal article (written by Gayle Worland) also has some great information about the event. “It kicks off with the main event Saturday — a brief and light-hearted lighting ceremony — when all those bulbs go live with the larger-than-life help of Bucky Badger, Maynard G. Mallard, Santa and even Dr. Seuss’ the Grinch Who Stole Christmas.”
We hope you’ll join us at the top of State Street around 5:30 p.m. to see everything light up at 6:08 p.m., and help stop The Grinch from ruining everything!
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