A Very Merry Madison: Where's the Magic?


Last week I wrote about my desire to embrace Thanksgiving and explore the why behind my gratitude. It’s been a fun exercise of soul-searching and discovery, and I hope to make it a habit. As I sat making my list about what I’m grateful for and why, Madison and the local area kept coming to surface. Specifically, this town makes every season and celebration count.

I’m new in town and it's my first Christmas in Madison. So when I saw the town tree go up I got all the Christmas feels.

While the Turkey has yet to be served, I’m grateful for the many fun December adventures ahead. If you’re looking to marry your gratitude with holiday memories, then allow me to introduce part one of my newest series, A Very Merry Madison: Where's the Magic? Here, you'll find holiday happenings nearby for the little ones. The goal is simple: free or low-cost fun at your leisure. Why? Because kids get sick, plans fall through, naps are needed, and most things holiday related are expensive enough.

Friday, November 24th 2017

Pick up a participation card with your kids at any of the local businesses involved with “Find Rosie the Rose City Reindeer Scavenger Hunt.” Kids can collect 15 or more different store stamps/signatures, bring the card to Tons of Toys or Madison Pharmacy, and be entered into the Grand Prize Drawing! This month-long contest highlights the best of our shopping scene. It might be a wonderful way to kick off small business Saturday too! You can find out more information here.

Saturday, November 25th 2017

Santa is here! The Madison Santa Village opens at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 15th. Located on Kings Road near the train station, Santa is eager to meet local residents throughout the holiday season. See his schedule below. His last day in Madison is Saturday, December 23rd.

Saturday, 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Sunday: 12:30-5:00 p.m.

Monday: 1:00-5:30 p.m.


Wednesday: 1-5:30 p.m.

Thursday: NORTH POLE

Friday 1-5:30 p.m.

Sunday, November 26th 2017

The Snow Village Winter Wonderland presented by the Chatham Emergency Squad. There's over 100 "Department 56" Buildings, Cars,  and a Train running through the village. This event runs on several dates throughout December so check their website to see operating days and times. This seems like the perfect event for little ones on a cold day.

Friday, December 1st

2017 Gingerbread Wonderland and Craft Show at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Children under 2 are free. General admission is $2.00 a person. Local crafters offer a wide selection of holiday purchases on the weekends only. Check their website for details and hours of operation. Hundreds of gingerbread houses await! **TIP**No strollers are allowed so plan accordingly.

Saturday, December 2nd 2017

The Maplewood Dickens Village is worth a trip to enjoy a simple afternoon of holiday cheer. From reindeer, to a petting zoo, to miniature houses adorned with decor, there's something for all ages. Held on the 2nd, 9th, and 16th, check the website to see the various activities throughout its run. **TIP** If you have a train obsessed toddler like I do, it's fun to take the train from Madison to Maplewood.

Saturday, December 2nd- Sunday, December 3rd 2017

A Civil War Christmas at Historic Speedwell. Featuring an Officer’s Ball with period music, costumes, and dance! The Vail Home is decorated for a mid 19th century holiday. Enjoy hot cider and cookies as you explore the encampment of the 2nd NJ Brigade. Admission is $7.00 for adults, $6.00 for senior, $5.00 for children, and free for children 3 and under.

Stay tuned for more holiday happenings. Tis the season for memories.