5 Favorite Things: Halloween Weekend Edition

Oh, sure there’s Black Friday, but there’s so much going on in Madison that you don’t want to miss!!! Santa and parades and music, oh my!!


The 13th Annual Holiday Arts Festival

Two Days of Music, Dance, Visual Arts and Spoken Word. Thirty-three events at 11 venues in Downtown Madison NJ on Friday, November 23 (Noon-6 pm) and Saturday, November 24 (1-5 pm)

Madison, New Jersey- MACA, The Madison Arts & Culture Alliance, the Madison Downtown Development Commission, and the Madison Chamber of Commerce will present the 12th Annual MADISON HOLIDAY ARTS FESTIVAL. Two days - Friday, November 23rd from noon 6:00 pm and Saturday, November 24th from 1-5:00 pm. Musicians, dancers, visual and spoken word artists will be featured throughout the Borough of Madison until the traditional Christmas Parade comes down Main Street on Friday night and begins again at 1:00 pm on Saturday. This event is free and open to the public. 

The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts will serve as the headquarters and warming station, with an information booth and free hot cider. 

This once a year celebration will be held rain or shine. If you’d like more information go to http://www.madisonartsnj.org Here you will find daily line-ups, searchable schedules, information on all of the acts, and a venue map

Click here for the full schedule: 


Madison Christmas Parade & Tree Lighting

Friday, November 23rd, 5:30 pm

The annual Madison Christmas Parade is one of the most beloved Madison holiday traditions. Each year throngs of people gather on the route down Main Street to enjoy the parade and tree lighting sponsored by the all-volunteer Madison Christmas Committee.


Clay Angel Workshop

Friday, November 23rd

Madison Mud Clay Studio

Drop the kids off while you shop local, or join in, to create beautiful textured holiday angels. The studio will glaze them for you to be picked up before the holidays. The fun includes a special 10” holiday keepsake, holiday cookies, holiday tunes and holiday spirit. 

$5 of the $35 project fee for every angel will be donated to support of the Madison Eagle Christmas Fund & Homeless Solutions.

If you would like to return and glaze it yourself, it’s an additional $15.

See the website for various times on Friday, Saturday and Sunday in either the Madison or Boonton location.



Small Business Saturday

Saturday, November 24th - ALL DAY

Sure, you can head to the mall, but isn’t it great to support our small businesses right here in town??

This Nov 24, we want to share Small Business Saturday® with you! It's a holiday shopping tradition, backed by American Express, that celebrates small businesses like ours. And it wouldn't be a celebration without customers like you joining us. 

So mark your calendar for Nov 24th — the Saturday after Thanksgiving — and get ready to Shop Small® with us. Grab a friend or family member and shop in MADISON between on the big day.

You can help get the word out and celebrate Small Business Saturday by using #ShopSmall on Facebook, Instagram, and all your social networks.

Thank you for all your support, and we'll see you Saturday, Nov 24th!

Madison Downtown Development Commission and Madison Area Chamber of Commerce


You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Sunday, November 25th - 1 pm & 4 pm

Mayo Performing Arts Center

Your favorite Peanuts characters come to life in this all-new stage adaptation of Charles M. Schulz’s classic Emmy® and Peabody Award-winning animated television special – all set to Vince Guaraldi’s unforgettable music. Join the gang as they put on their own Christmas play and discover the true meaning of the season. It’s a present the whole family can enjoy!

Tickets $29-$59