Mayor Bob Courtney and Santa Claus will officially recognize the start of the Christmas season in Madison at 6 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29 by lighting up the Broadway Fountain and the lights on top of downtown buildings by the fountain. Light Up Madison will also have caroling led by Trinity United Methodist Church and free photos next to Santa’s cottage on Main Street until 8 p.m. Santa will be available to talk to kids after the event at the cottage located in front of the Comfort Station on Main Street.

The Jefferson County Public Library in Madison will host Santa and members of the public for Christmas caroling and readings at 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 29. Santa will then escort the group from the library to the Christmas tree and Broadway Fountain in time for the start of “Light Up Madison.”

German American Bank presents the 2019 Very Merry Madison Christmas Parade at 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7. This parade will include local marching bands, performers and floats, with trophies being given for the best entries. The parade route will begin at Jefferson and Main streets and will continue through Madison’s historic shopping district to Mill Street.

More area events during the 2019 holiday season

Festival of Trees

Nov. 29 through Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., canceled on Dec. 25

The 25th annual Festival of Trees will premier Thanksgiving weekend through New Year’s Eve at Lanthier Winery. This forest of glittering, gleaming trees will be on display for the holiday season. Families are welcome and children must be accompanied by an adult. Admission is free.

Small Business Saturday

Nov. 30 at 4 p.m.

In honor of Small Business Saturday, Madison Main Street Program will host a local Small Business Saturday open house at the Red Bicycle Hall. There will be refreshments, Main Street information and a digital photography show co-sponsored by the Madison Area Arts Alliance. For more information, go to the Madison Main Street Program Facebook page or email

Christmas Cantata

Dec. 1 at 7 p.m.

Performed by the Golden Gate Community Choir, this cantata titled “O Come Let Us Adore” will start at the Damm Theatre in Osgood, Indiana. A free will offering will be accepted during intermission.

Cider Monday at Village Lights

Dec. 2, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

On “Cyber Monday,” Village Lights Bookstore is partnering with The Red Roaster Coffee and Eatery to offer “Cider Monday.” Log out and drop in for some free hot cider and a few moments of relaxation. For more information, go to or call 812-265-1800.

Master Gardener Wreath Making

Dec. 3, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Create a wreath at the Community Building at the 4-H Fairgrounds. All supplies, including fresh greens, will be provided. This event is open to the public. For more information, call 812-866-4983 or 812-265-8919.

The Hoppers 2019 Christmas Gospel Show

Dec. 3 at 7 p.m.

The Hoppers, members of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, will perform at North Madison Christian Church. Sponsored by Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre, this show will feature a repertoire of gospel classics, Christmas favorites and humorous stories. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at the door or at Morgan & Nay Funeral Centre.

Cancer Survivors Christmas Celebration

Dec. 4 at 6 p.m.

King’s Daughters’ Health is hosting its annual Cancer Survivors Christmas Celebration at North Madison Christian Church. This event is open to all cancer survivors and a guest of their choice. Those planning to attend are encouraged to RSVP by Nov. 29. For more information or to RSVP, call 812-801-0541 or 812-801-0603.

Christmas in the Land of Oz

Dec. 6 and Dec. 7 at 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 8 at 2 p.m.

The Jennings County Players will kick off their holiday season with this play, where the Wicked Witch of the West becomes the Grinch of this holiday play when she steals Christmas from Munchkinland. Tickets can be purchased in advance or at the door before each performance at the Park Theatre Civic Centre at 25 N. Madison Avenue in downtown North Vernon. Tickets are $8 in advance for adults or $10 at the door, $3 for students grades K through 12 and $1 for pre-school children. For more information, call the Park Theatre Civic Centre at 812-346-0330.

Holiday Craft Fair

Dec. 7, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Join this craft fair at the Tech Building at 708 W. Semminary St. in Vevay. There will be over 30 craft booths, a pie contest and Homemaker’s food booth. Pies for the pie contest can be delivered from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. and judging will begin at 10 a.m. Admission for the fair is free.

10th Annual Christmas Craft Show

Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

See the Christmas parade and then visit with Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Brown Gym. The Madison Community Band will perform at 1 p.m. Admission is free and proceeds will benefit senior programs and events. For more information, call David Stucker at 812-265-8308.

Tribute to Country Legends and Christmas Show

Dec. 7, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

This show will be at Clifty Inn and will pay tribute to Johnny Cash, Roy Orbison, George Jones and Tammy Wynette, performed by Wyatt Miller, Paul Penny, Al Hilbert and Tiffany Puckett. Tickets are $20. For more information or to buy tickets, call 812-265-4135.

Jr. 4-H Leaders Christmas Caroling

Dec. 10 at 6 p.m.

Join in the caroling at 6 p.m. Dec. 10 at Thornton Terrace. For more information, call Bess Adams at 812-866-4983.

A Christmas Carol

Dec. 13 at 6:30 p.m.

The 8th annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” at Gallery 115. This abridged version will last about 45 minutes and will be read by Bob Hartsaw. Pre-show music will be performed by the Mad Towne Dulcimers at 5:45 p.m. Admission is free. Kids can wear pajamas and sit on the floor by the fire place. The kitchen will remain open until 5:45 p.m. For more information, call 812-274-4371.

Big Oaks Conservation Society Christmas Party

Dec. 14 at 5 p.m.

This annual Christmas party will open doors at 5 p.m. with dinner beginning at 6 p.m. at the Old Timbers Lodge on Big Oaks National Wildlife Refuge. This event will be catered by Rolling Pin. The cost for dinner is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 8 to 16 and under 8 are free. Reservations are due by Dec. 9 and can be mailed to BOCS, P.O. Box 935, Madison.

Santa at the Lanier Mansion

Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Explore the Lanier Mansion during this festive holiday event. Enjoy live music in the parlor and read a copy of a real letter to Santa written by a Lanier descendant and discovered by staff decades later. Plus, get your photo taken with Santa. All is included with the purchase of site admission.

Madison Community Band

Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m.

Presented by the Madison Performing Arts Foundation, you can enjoy band arrangements for the holiday season at the Clifty Inn Overlook Room in Clifty Falls State Park. Admission is free and donations are always appreciated.

Breakfast with Santa

Dec. 21, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Visit the Clifty Falls Inn to have breakfast with Santa. Guests can bring their cameras to get a special photo with Santa. After breakfast, participants can go to the Hoffman Room to make a snowman ornament with a naturalist. To make a reservation, call 812-265-4135.

Christmas Concert

Dec. 22 at 7 p.m.

Presented by Second Presbyterian Church Beecher Singers and Orchestra, this concert will be at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Columbus. There will be a pre-concert harp recital at 6:40 p.m. Admission is free.