It's Back: A Very Merry Madison

I’m still on an adrenaline rush from the parade this past Friday. How incredible is our town’s tradition? But in this season of excess I am urging my peer parents to consider some simple fun, local fare, and festive freedom. Because if you’re like me, colder weather, darker days, and budget boundaries requires some careful and creative thinking. With great pride and endless excitement, I present A Very Merry Madison Year Two. Below you’ll find a list of adventures and activities for the little ones, their entourage, and the grownup who becomes a kid again at Christmas. I dedicate this post to the childlike wonder within us all.

Gingerbread Wonderland 2018: The perfect escape inside to take in the artistry of others in gingerbread form.

The Snow Village Winter Wonderland: A tiny village produces big wonder for the little ones at the Chatham Emergency Squad.

Maplewood Dickens Village: This charming event has lots to offer the little ones and is sized perfectly for them to seek and savor all things holiday.

Carriages and Carolers: Downtown Summit does it right with this fun and free family activity.

Wegmans Cooking with Kids: Take your talents to the store and make a Gingerbread House with the kids. The 15.00 fee includes all materials, coco, and cookies.

Home Depot Sled with Reindeer Workshop: Your kid can build, craft, and decorate their own version of Santa’s sled and reindeer.

Seasonal Sweets: McCools is all sorts of spirited. With their Rudolph cupcake or Melting Snowman special, an ice cream date post tree sighting or mid Rosie the Reindeer hunt is the perfect festive fit.

Winter Traditions Storytime and Craft: The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts is hosting a cozy afternoon for families on December 15th. Locally based, this event represents the best of the museum and Madison.

Touch the Nutcracker: One of many festive programs at the Madison library, this drop in activity is perfect for little listeners.

Morristown Christmas Festival: We’re in it for the mini train ride, but I also love the rotating schedule of events and options.

There’s no shortage of fun to be had this season. The events above are truly focused on family and have proven to be memorable and magical for many. But please note that my favorite activity remains to stroll down Main Street and stare into storefronts, visit Santa near the train station, and walk by our town tree. Here’s to wonder and lots of options for a very merry Madison and holiday season.