Christmas Card Lane Returns to Madison

Updated for 2018

Christmas Card Lane on Main Street and Church Street adds a festive touch to the charming old houses and decorated Christmas trees in old town Madison, Alabama.

The cards are displayed on the lawns of those beautiful old downtown houses. The lovely homes are elegantly decked with white lights, greenery, bows, and other decorations that help to make the season fa-la-la-la-la jolly.

This is the first year that the Madison Arts Council has used the Christmas cards to enhance the appeal of the downtown area, which is ripe for shopping at the local stores and boutiques. Buying local is the perfect way to keep your tax money in our area!

Before I went, I looked online at the cards where visitors can vote on their favorite. The online photos don’t do justice to the paintings created by local artists. I actually thought the cards would be a bit larger—they are painted on 4’ x 6’ plywood—but I’m sure the point was to not obscure the lovely historic homes and their twinkling lights.


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Some cards are whimsical, such as the O Mustache Tree. Others are elegant, some are simple and look like a Currier and Ives print, and some feature nativity scenes.

Bubba the golden retriever peeks out at you from a frosty Christmas window.
Bubba the golden retriever peeks out at you from a frosty window.

I couldn’t get my tween interested in going at first, but then again, I went after we had done Black Friday shopping, and she wanted nothing more than to stay home and sip hot tea.

I asked one of the local merchants about the display, and she said they hoped to sponsor a card next year. According to the Madison Art Council’s web site, they hope to make Christmas Card Lane bigger and better each year. Great news for those of us who enjoy driving or strolling through the area!


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If you go on a sunny day, you can take a casual stroll to focus on the intricacies of the artists’ work. If you go on a cold evening, the cards can be seen from your car windows. After dark, the cards are illuminated with small spotlights until 9 p.m.

The cards are not in a high-traffic area. When I drove down the streets, I simply put on a blinker and pulled closer to the curb when a car came up behind me.

My favorite cards were washed with color and contrasted against the gray, bare old oak trees and fallen leaves on the ground. Some of the cards featured 3-dimensional elements, and one card even had a real, flickering light in the painted lantern.

I was able to get my husband to drive down the street on Sunday night after worship. The cards really stood out, and this time my daughter was game for checking out the cards. Her favorites were the O Mustache Tree (who doesn’t love the play on words?) and the cards that depicted doggies under Christmas trees. However, I think my daughter’s favorite part of the drive was the lit Christmas trees along Main Street. There is just so much to see!


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You can vote on your favorite card by going HERE and voting before December 21st. The cards will be featured along the streets until January 2nd.

Christmas Card Lane Details

UPDATED FOR 2018

Dates/Times: December 1-31
Location: Downtown Madison (map)
Cost: FREE
More Infowww.artsmadison.org