There will be no Christmas parade in Madison City this year in order to help keep residents safe and healthy this season. But a few holiday favorites will still be returning to downtown, as well as a new one too!
Celebrate Christmas in Madison 2020
Rocket City Christmas Spectacular
November 13 – January 3, 2021
New for 2020: At the Rocket City Christmas Spectacular, guests can drive through the magical “Santa’s Mountain” themed light show around Toyota Field for $25 per car. The festivities will begin at 5:00pm nightly. Visitors will be able to simply tune into their vehicle’s radio and experience a spectacular synchronization of music and lights. Tickets can be purchased online in advance, or on the day of the event – credit cards and mobile pay are encouraged.
Guests can also park their car after driving through the lights and enter the winter wonderland within the stadium at no additional cost. Inside the ballpark will feature numerous holiday activities for all ages, including hot chocolate stations, cookie decorating, s’mores making, character visits, shopping, and more! The winter wonderland will be open through December 24th during all Christmas Spectacular hours, and additionally will open at 11 AM on Saturdays and Sundays.
7th Annual Madison Station Polar Express Christmas on Main
November 30 – January 2
Please join the City of Madison and the Madison Station Historic Preservation Society as they kick off the 2020 Holiday Season. To help boost the spirit of Christmas in Madison City, decorated and lit trees will be on display along Main Street in beautiful, historic Downtown Madison. The official lighting of all trees will take place virtually on Monday, November 30th at 4:30 via Facebook Live.
Award Categories to be announced at the January 2021 City Council Meeting and include Mayor’s Choice Award, Most Creative Award, and Honorable Mention Award.
Want to participate with a tree? Local organizations are invited to be a part of the tree displays! Send in this registration form by Nov. 20th along with your tree fee. All proceeds to benefit the Madison Station Roundhouse Restoration Project.
Christmas Card Lane
December 5 – January 2, 2021
While you’re there, be sure to drive down Christmas Card Lane to see the giant Christmas Cards made by local artists! The Madison Arts Council is bringing back artists from previous years as an encore display December 5th – January 2nd, 2021. The cards can be found in the yards of historic Madison homes decked out for the holidays.
Cars Under the Stars: a Drive-In Movie Event
December 12 from 5-9 PM
Madison Parks & Recreation is excited to announce their first “Cars Under the Stars: A Christmas Movie Event” at the Madison City Stadium. This socially-distant event is an alternative holiday opportunity for families of the Madison community to still enjoy the holiday season during the pandemic. This drive-in style double feature will include two Christmas movie favorites – The Grinch at 5:00 PM, and National Lampoons Christmas Vacation at 7:00 PM. You can watch from your car using your radio! Gates open at 4:00 PM, and admission is free with a canned food item per person. Selected food vendors will also be on-site. Reserve your spot online.
Madison Christmas Capers 2020
The Madison Christmas Capers is an interesting story that dates to 1925 when George Walton ‘Doc’ Hughes rented the Humphrey-Hughes property at 200 Main Street for his drug store business. During years of the Great Depression in the early 1930s, Hughes started a holiday tradition dubbed the “Christmas Chicken Capers”. On Christmas Eve, ‘Doc’ Hughes would toss live chickens from the roof of the drug store. The chickens had tags attached to their legs; people could re- deem the tags for prizes in Hughes’ store. Anyone who caught the chickens received the prizes and kept the chicken for Christmas dinner.
Fast forward to 2019, the Madison Station Historic Preservation Society reenacted the Christmas Capers – on top of the old Drug Store with rubber chickens, “Doc” Hughes’ grandsons Larry and Walt Anderson and over $3,000 in prizes! Due to COVID, 2020 will see the Madison Christmas Capers – Virtual Version! One registration per person and per household. To register please complete this form and return to: MSHPSociety@gmail.com.
We’ll be adding more Christmas events in Madison, Alabama to this list as we learn about them! Leave us a comment below if you’d like us to add yours.
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