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The most wonderful time of the year: Holiday 2010 events around Madison


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SPECIAL EVENTS

Holiday Fantasy in Lights: Light sculptures depicting festive scenarios, 11/12-1/2, 24 hours a day, Olin-Turville Park. fantasyinlights.com. 608-239-7888.

Gingerbread Casas: Gingerbread house decorating competition benefiting Dane County Court Appointed Special Advocates, with cookie decorating for kids, 11 am-4 pm, 11/20, Hilldale. 608-261-9910.

A Vintage Christmas: Wine and food tastings, tours and winemaker talks, 10 am-4 pm, 11/27, Wollersheim Winery, Sauk City. Free. wollersheim.com. 608-643-6515.

Wisconsin Union Tudor Holiday Dinners: Fine dining and old English pageantry, with the Philharmonic Chorus of Madison, 5:45 pm, 12/1-5 & 12/7-8, Great Hall, Memorial Union, 800 Langdon St. $46.50. Tickets: union.wisc.edu/tudordinners. 608-262-2201.

Atwood-Winnebago Winter Festival: Art and crafts fair, music, special events and activities at 20+ businesses, 5-9 pm, 12/3, along Winnebago Street and Atwood Avenue. 608-249-9100.

Capitol Holiday Tree Lighting: 11:45 am, 12/3, Rotunda. 608-266-5044.

Christmas in the Country: Art and crafts show, 10 am-9 pm, 12/3, Cedar Creek Winery & Settlement, Cedarburg. $3. cedarcreeksettlement.com. 866-626-7005.

Stoughton Victorian Holiday Weekend: Victorian Grand Ball, crafts fair, carolers, children's parade, more, 12/3-5, downtown Stoughton. victorianholidayweekend.com. 608-877-4400.

252502>Caroling at the Cave: Traditional holiday songs, crafts, refreshments, visit with Santa, 7 pm on 12/3, 11 am, 1, 3 & 4:30 pm on 12/4 and 1 & 3 pm, 12/5, Cave of the Mounds, Blue Mounds. $7 benefits charity. caveofthemounds.com. 608-437-3038

Cambridge Country Christmas: Horse-drawn carriage rides, roasted chestnuts, hot apple cider, 12/3-5. cambridgewi.com. 608-423-3780.

Olbrich's Holiday Express: Flower and model train show with twinkling lights, poinsettias, tiny landscapes and large-scale model trains by the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society, 12/4-31. $3; $2 ages 3-12. 608-246-4550.

Holiday Tea & Trains: Annual Madison Children's Museum benefit, 10:30 am-2 pm, 12/4, Madison Club, with arts & crafts, kids' activities, silent auction, tea, hot cocoa, food. $35. 608-268-1231.

Home for the Holidays: Middleton Outreach Ministry fundraiser, 7-10 pm on 12/4 & 2-5 pm, 12/5, Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center, with Sycamore Street Ensemble's "Miracle on 34th Street" radio play with music by Larry Busch Band, dessert reception, silent auction. $15. 608-836-7338.

Spring Green Country Christmas: Carriage rides, light show, art festival, music, 12/4, Spring Green. springgreen.com. 608-588-2054.

Holiday Pageant in the Capitol Rotunda: 4:15 & 5:15 pm, 12/5, Capitol Rotunda. 608-274-0627.

Holiday Tours at the Governor's Residence: 30-minute tour of six rooms of holiday trees, noon-2 pm, 12/8-9, 11, 14-16 & 18, 99 Cambridge Rd., Maple Bluff, free. Groups of 20+ asked to make a reservation at 608-246-5501.

Jingle Bell Run/Walk: 5/10K Fun Run / Walk to benefit the Arthritis Foundation, with jingle bells, goodie bags, food and entertainment, registration 8 am, run 10:30 am, 12/11, Vilas Park Shelter. $40. 608-221-9800.

U.S. Bank Eve: Family-oriented, alcohol-free celebrations at U.S. Bank Plaza, Monona Terrace and other locations, 6-10 pm, 10/31, followed by fireworks over Lake Monona. usbankeve.com/madison.608-252-4053.

THEATER

The Bricks Theatre: The Santaland Diaries, adaptation of David Sedaris story, 7:30 pm on 12/9, 8 pm on 12/10-11 & 5 pm, 12/12, Barrymore Theatre. $20. 608-241-8633.

Fireside Dinner Theatre: The Child, 11/4-12/24, Wednesdays-Sundays, Business Hwy. 26 South, Fort Atkinson. $66. 800-477-9505.

Watertown Players: The Night Before Christmas, continuously running play (new performance every 15 minutes, noon-3 pm), 11/27 & 28 & 12/4 & 5, Octagon House Museum, Watertown, $5 (kids 12 & under $3). 920-261-1176. Call for dates and times.

StageWorks Projects: The Nutcracker, 1:30 & 7 pm, 12/4, Stoughton High School. $12 (Sugar Plum Tea Party follows matinee, $9). 608-873-0717.

Children's Theater of Madison: A Wonderful Life, 7 pm on 12/10 & 17-18, 2:30 pm, 12/11-12, 18-19 & 22-23, Overture Center, $35-$24 ($12 age 12 and under; $18 ages 13-22, 62 and over). 608-258-4141.

The Second City: Dysfunctional Holiday Revue, 7:30 pm, 12/11, Overture Center. $39.50-$15.50. 608-258-4141.

MUSIC

Oakwood Chamber Players: Annual Holiday Lights concert, 2:30 & 7 pm, 11/26, Oakwood Village Auditorium, $20. 608-230-4316.

Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra: Holiday Pops concert with Middleton High School Concert Choir, 8 pm on 11/27 & 1 pm, 11/28, Marriott-West, Middleton. $25/$19. 608-257-0638.

Madison Symphony Orchestra: "Christmas Spectacular" with soprano Angela Brown, 7:30 pm on 12/3, 8 pm on 12/4 & 2:30 pm, 12/5, Overture Hall, Overture Center. $75.50-$15.50. 608-258-4141.

Perfect Harmony Men's Chorus: "Winter Glow" concert by Madison's gay men's choral group, 7 pm, 12/10, Middleton Community )United Church of Christ; & 3 pm, 12/12, St. Stephen's Lutheran Church, Monona. $15. perfectharmonychorus.org. 608-445-6767.

TubaChristmas: Annual free holiday concert by tuba and euphonium players, 2:30 pm, 12/11, Capitol Rotunda (players meet for rehearsal at 11:30 am, First United Methodist Church; all welcome). 608-575-4296.

Olbrich Gardens Holiday Concert Series: All shows 2 pm: Monroe Chamber Trio, 12/5; Suzuki Strings, 12/12; Rich Baumann, 12/19; M-Trane Plus, 12/26. $1. 608-246-4550.

Madison Area Concert Handbells: "Jingle Bell Jazz," holiday concert, 7 pm on 12/10 and 1 & 7 pm, 12/11, Middleton-Cross Plains Area Performing Arts Center. $15/$8. 608-271-3514.

Festival Choir of Madison: "Olde Friends & Adventures," traditional carols and other works, 3 & 7:30 pm, 12/11, First Baptist Church, 518 N. Franklin Ave. $18 ($16 adv.). 608-274-7089.

Riders in the Sky: "Christmas the Cowboy Way!" 7:30 pm, 12/18, Stoughton Opera House. $35. 608-873-8777.

Carol Sing: Madison Symphony Orchestra, 7 pm, 12/23, Overture Hall. 608-257-3734.

Community Kwanzaa Celebration: Dancing, drumming, singing and Madison Poet Laureate Fabu, 3-5 pm, 12/26, Olbrich Gardens. Free; limited seating. 608-249-7155.

UW School of Music Events: Mills Hall, UW Humanities Building, unless otherwise noted. Choral Union and Chamber Orchestra: 8 pm on 11/20 & 4 pm, 11/21 ($15). Concert Band: 7:30 pm, 11/23. Early Music Ensemble: 8:30 pm, 11/30, Morphy Hall. Jazz Orchestra: 7:30 pm, 12/1. World Percussion Ensemble: noon, 12/4, Music Hall. All University String Orchestra: 4 pm, 12/4. University Bands 4 pm, 12/5. Masters Singers: 7:30 pm, 12/6. Western Percussion Ensemble: 7:30 pm, 12/7. Wingra Woodwind Quartet: 7:30 pm, 12/8, Morphy Hall. Symphony Orchestra: 8 pm, 12/10. Most free; if not, tickets through Union Theater box office, 608-265-2787; concert line, 608-263-9485.

DANCE

Dance Wisconsin: Nutcracker, featuring soloists from American Ballet Theater. 2 & 7:30 pm on 12/4 and 2 pm, 12/5, Wisconsin Union Theater. $32-$20. 608-265-2787

Madison Ballet: Nutcracker Ballet, 2 & 7:30 pm on 12/18, 2 pm on 12/19 & 26 and 1 pm, 12/24, Overture Hall, Overture Center. $65-$14. 608-258-4141

MARKETS & FAIRS

Dane County Winter Farmers' Market: An assortment of homemade and homegrown Wisconsin products, 7:30 am-noon Saturdays, 11/13-12/18, Monona Terrace. 608-455-1999.

International Fair Trade Holiday Sale: Gifts from developing regions of the world, 8:30 am-3 pm, 11/22, Orchard Ridge United Church of Christ. Free. 608-271-7212.

Festival of Wreaths: Annual display and sale of decorated wreaths to benefit Madison Senior Center's Partnership Fund, 8:30 am-4 pm, 11/22-12/10, at the Center. 608-266-6581.

Downtown Madison Holiday Open House: 10 am-6 pm, 11/27, State Street and the Capitol Square. visitdowntownmadison.com. 608-443-1974.

Holiday Craftacular: Local crafters on display, 10 am-5 pm, 12/11, East Side Club. 608-219-5933.

HolidayFest Craft Show: 9 am-3 pm, 12/4, Warner Park Community Recreation Center, $1. 608-245-3690.

Fair Trade Holiday Festival: Annual Community Action on Latin America event featuring artisan items from around the globe and Wisconsin, 9 am-4 pm, 12/4, Monona Terrace. calamadison.org. 608-251-3241.

Madison Hours Holiday Trade Fair: Locally made products, 10 am-2 pm, 12/4, High Noon Saloon. 608-259-1030.

Very Merry Holiday Fair: Gala opening with music, champagne and chocolate, 5-8 pm, 12/10 ($5 donation); & 9 am-5 pm, 12/11, Baraboo Arts Building. theverymerryholidayfair.com. 608-356-9048.

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