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The Edgewater is abuzz with activity all year long – whether it is a live music concert series in the summer months, or open ice skating on The Edgewater Ice Rink in the winter months. View our in-house events below and click through to learn more about each one. We are excited to be Madison’s place for entertainment, for community events, for live music, for Badger fun and so much more. We hope you join us, every time, and experience The Edgewater for yourself!

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Merry & Bright: The Edgewater’s 4th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting

November 24, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Take in the sights and sounds of the holidays as we kick off the holiday season with a joyous afternoon and evening full of free, family-friendly events. The Grand Plaza at The Edgewater plays host to the Fourth Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on Friday, November 24th.

You’ll know you’re at the right place when you start hearing:

Ho-Ho-Ho! – Santa & Mrs. Claus
U-rah-rah! – Bucky Badger
Oooooooh! Aaaaaah! – From the crowd when the tree lights
Ding! Dong! – Ringing Badgers Handbell Ensemble
Fa-la-la-la-la! – Madison Area Community Chorus & Capital City Theatre Carolers
Bleep bleep bloop! – NEW THIS YEAR! We’ll transform The Icehouse into an old-school arcade, featuring classic video games like Ms. Pac-man, Donkey Kong, and more! Fun for big and little kids!

Edgewater Holiday Village in The Grand Ballroom featuring North Pole Craft Station, Storytime Nook and more!

Santa’s Toy Village on The Grand Plaza featuring jumbo sized holiday classic toys from 2-8pm.

Old-school arcade in The Icehouse featuring classic video games from 2-8pm.

Schedule of Events

2:00p: Bucky & DJ Geoffrey, Grand Ballroom

2:30p David Landau, Grand Ballroom

3:15p Holiday Story Reading, Grand Ballroom

3:30p Central Midwest Ballet Academy, Grand Ballroom

3:45p Holiday Story Reading, Grand Ballroom

4:00p Madison Community Choir, Nolen Gallery

4:15p Holiday Story Reading, Grand Ballroom

4:15p Hand Bell Ringing, Nolen Gallery

4:30p Madison Community Choir, Nolen Gallery

4:45p Central Midwest Ballet Academy, Grand Ballroom

5:00p Madison Community Choir & Bell Ringing Performance, Sing-Along Carols

6:00p  Tree Lighting with Santa & Mrs. Claus, Bagpipers, Capital City Carolers, Grand Plaza & Hotel Entrance

6:45p Twas the Night before Christmas Reading by Santa, Nolen Gallery Fireplace

6:45-8pm Capital City Carolers, Augie’s Tavern

7:00p The Polar Express Showing, Grand Ballroom

Additional Event Information

Public parking is available onsite for $5.  New this year, The Edgewater will also be offering a shuttle every 20 mins outside the entrances of the Pickney/Dayton and Carroll/Johnson garages between 2-9PM.

The Holiday Tree Lighting event is free and open to the public; food and beverage will be available for purchase.

Ice Rink opening is weather dependent and will be announced closer to the event. Stay tuned!


November 24, 2017
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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1001 Wisconsin Place
Madison, WI 53703 United States
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