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Madison Christmas Capers

December 12, 2021 @ 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

historic downtown Madison AL

Madison Christmas Capers originates from 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.

Madison Christmas Capers

Fast forward to now, 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!

Hosted by the Madison Station Historical Preservation Society and the City of Madison, with music by the Madison Community Orchestra this is a super fun family-friendly event. Hot chocolate and cookies served by the Rotary Club of Madison. Stay for the movie in Homestead Park at 6:30 PM!


December 12, 2021
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
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Downtown Madison
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