Santa Claus will devote several days of his busy winter schedule to Madison this year.

In addition to being the top draw at the annual Very Merry Christmas Parade on the first Saturday of December, Jolly Ol' Saint Nick will make himself available in Madison several days to hear the Christmas wishlists of good little boys and girls.

Santa will be at the Broadway Fountain in his cottage from 6 to 8 p.m. on Nov. 29, Dec. 6, Dec. 7, Dec. 13, Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, and from noon to 2 p.m. on Dec. 22.

A building and trades class at Madison Consolidated High School is constructing Santa's cottage.

Kids also can call the "Santa Hotline" to hear a message announcing when Santa will be in town. The number for the "Santa Hotline" is (305) 707-2682 or (305) 70-SANTA. Kids can email their Christmas list to Santa at

The Parade

Madison's Christmas festivities will launch in less than a month, with the revamped Very Merry Christmas Parade set for Saturday, Dec. 7 at 10 a.m. The parade is coordinated by the city of Madison and Madison Consolidated High School teacher Aaron Kelsey.

The parade route is on Main Street, from Jefferson Street to Mill Street.

This year's parade will feature children's book characters Clifford, Curious George, Danny's Dinosaur, Maurice Sendak's Wild Thing and Mouse from "If You Give A Mouse A Cookie." The characters will appear throughout the day along Main Street and inside Village Lights Bookstore.

Kelsey said new this year will be several performers from the Cincinnati Circus, including jugglers, a stilt walker and a mini Santa Claus Circus Train. 

Shawe, Southwestern, and Madison school marching bands will all appear, as will the Ohio Valley Celtic Society. Currently there will be floats from various school groups, Big Oaks Wildlife Refuge, The Waters of Clifty Falls and North Madison Christian Church. There are also several scheduled walking groups, including Girls Inc., Dogs on Prison Turf, Madison Consolidated Junior High School Peer Counselors and Girl Scouts. 

Kelsey said he encourages groups to enter more floats in the parade. He also said the event needs more dance groups, bands and antique cars.

The parade entry deadline is Nov. 9. Applications can be found and submitted electronically on the city's website,, or sent through the mail at 101 W. Main St., Madison, IN 47250. 

Following the parade, Santa will be at the Ohio Theater for a free showing of the "Polar Express." There also will be a live nativity at the Broadway Fountain near his cottage.

For questions or more information on the parade, call Andrew Forester at the Mayor's office at (812) 265-8300 or Kelsey at (812) 493-4453.

Other Christmas events:

• The city has selected a Christmas tree at 1310 Wells Drive to be displayed in front of the Broadway Fountain. The tree will be moved on Nov. 22, weather permitting, and decorated on Nov. 25 by Kelsey and the Madison Fine Arts Academy students.

• Mr. and Mrs. Claus and Mayor Damon Welch will officially kick off the Christmas season in Madison by lighting the tree, as well as the lights on Main Street during Light-Up Madison on Nov. 29 at 6 p.m.