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Event Calendar | December 2017
Welcome to December in Dane County!
Find additional HOLIDAY EVENTS on our 8th annual, inclusive page dedicated
to Christmas activities & other festive events throughout the holiday season.
Long-running, recurring events:
Nov. 24 - Dec. 31
Opens 5:30 PM Thurs-Sun
Zoo Lights
@ Henry Vilas Zoo (Dates/Hours Vary, also Santa visits!)
Nov. 18 - Jan. 2
Lights go on 4 PM Daily
Holiday Fantasy in Lights
@ Olin Park, Madison
December 2 - 31
Daily | 10 AM - 4 PM
Olbrich Gardens Holiday Express
@ Olbrich Botanical Gardens
December 9 - 23
Various Showtimes
CTM's A Christmas Carol
@ Overture Center for the Arts
December 9 - 26
Various Showtimes
The Nutcracker, Presented by Madison Ballet
@ Overture Center for the Arts
December 1st - 3rd
Friday - Sunday
Cambridge Classic Christmas
@ Downtown Cambridge
December 1st
Friday | 12 PM
Capitol Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony
@ Capitol Rotunda
December 2
Sat | 9:30, 11 AM & 1 PM
Kids in the Rotunda: The Disclosures
@ Overture Center for the Arts
December 2
Saturday | 10 AM - 12 PM
Saturday Science at Discovery: Life with Robots
@ Discovery Building Town Center, UW-Madison
December 2
Saturday | 10 AM - 4 PM
Fitchburg Farms Holiday Open House
@ Fitchburg Farms
December 2
Saturday | 10:30 AM - 2 PM
Tea & Trains [Fundraiser for Madison Children's Museum]
@ Madison Club - Advance tickets on sale
December 3
Sunday | 12 PM - 2 PM
Reindeer Fly-In
@ Bruce Company, Middleton
December 3
Sunday | 4:30 PM & 5 PM
Capitol Christmas Pagaent
@ Capitol Rotunda
December 6
Wednesday | 5 PM - 8 PM
MCM Free Family Night
@ Madison Children's Museum
December 7
Thursday | 4 PM - 8 PM
Get Festive with Agora
@ Agora Center, Fitchburg
December 8 - 9
Fri @ 8 PM | Sat @ 7 PM
UW Badger Men's Hockey Vs. Notre Dame
@ Kohls Center
December 9
Saturday | 8 AM & 9:30 AM
Waffles with Santa & the Grinch [Also Dec 16th]
@ Dream Kitchens, Madison - Presented by Yola's Cafe
December 9
Sat | 9:30, 11 AM & 1 PM
Kids in the Rotunda: Kalaanjani School of Dance
@ Overture Center for the Arts
December 10
Sunday | 10 AM
Skate with the UW Men's Hockey Team
@ The Ice Rink at The Edgewater
December 10
Sunday | 1 PM & 3 PM
The Nutcracker Preview
@ Waisman Center Children's Theatre
December 10
Sunday | 1 PM - 4 PM
Children's Holiday Party
@ Fitchburg Community Center
December 10
Sunday | 2 PM
UW Badger Women's Basketball (& Kids Day Sunday!)
@ Kohl Center
December 15
Friday | 6:30 PM
ALNC Winter Solstice Celebration
@ Aldo Leopold Nature Center, Monona
December 16
Saturday | 8 AM & 9:30 AM
Waffles with Santa & the Grinch [Also Dec 9th]
@ Dram Kitchens, Madison - Presented by Yola's Cafe
December 16
Sat | 9:30, 11 AM & 1 PM
Kids in the Rotunda: Yid Vicious
@ Overture Center for the Arts
December 16 - 17
Saturday | 2 PM & 7:30 PM
Sunday | 2 PM
The Nutcracker, Presented by Dance Wisconsin
@ Wisconsin Union Theater, Shannon Hall
December 17
Sunday | 9 AM - 11 AM
Breakfast with Santa at the Zoo
@ Glacier Grille at the Henry Vilas Zoo
Merry Christmas!!!  
Find more festive events around Dane County on our dedicated page to holiday
activities throughout December
>>> Click Here
December 27
Wednesday | 7 PM
Harlem Globetrotters
@ Alliant Energy Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum
December 31
Sunday | 2 PM* varies
My Family New Years Eve
@ Keva Sports, Monona Terrace, Madison & Hartmeyer Ice Arenas
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Fall/Winter
Recurring Activities
This list includes recurring, free or minimal
cost, seasonal or year-round programs for
children in Dane County.
American Family Dream Bank
WEEKLY | YEAR-ROUND
DreamBank is a one-of-a-kind dream exploration
space on the square in Downtown Madison.
Learn more >>
Home Depot Kids Workshops
MONTHLY | YEAR-ROUND
Drop-in 9am to Noon the 1st Saturday every month for
a FREE "how-to" clinic for kids, ages 5 to 12.
Learn more >>
Kids in the Rotunda
WEEKLY: SATURDAYS | FALL/WINTER
Enjoy free performances in a relaxed, kid-friendly
environment every Saturday from the end of Sept.
through April.  
Learn more >>
Michael's Kids Club
SATURDAYS | YEAR-ROUND
From 10 AM - 12 PM most Saturdays, 30 minute
sessions are open for a make & take craft, geared
towards children 3 & up. $2 fee includes supplies.
Sign-up online or in stores, where you can find a
schedule of seasonal themed projects.  
Learn more >>
Rocky Rococo's for Family Movies
THROUGHOUT WEEK | YEAR-ROUND
Rocky's Party Pizzeria's East & West show movies on
their big screen throughout the week, daytime &
evening options.  
Learn more >>
Saturday Science at Discovery
MONTHLY: SATURDAYS | YEAR-ROUND
A monthly series that consists of free science
exploration and education programs aimed at families
and learners of all ages.
Learn more >>
Saturday Science at UW Space Place
SATURDAYS | TWICE PER MONTH
Space Place family workshops are offered every other
Saturday at 10 a.m. for children
ages 6-10 and their
parents. The workshops are free and open to the
public. No registration required, but sessions are
limited to first 50 children.  
Learn more >>
UW Arboretum Family Programs
SUNDAYS | TWICE PER MONTH
The Arboretum hosts a Family Walk the 2nd Sunday
each month, where families explore something within
the arboretum. Family Nature Programs are held the
4th Sunday each month, and include a naturalist-led
nature walk, followed by activities inside the visitor
center.
Learn more >>
Waisman Center Children's Theatre
MONTHLY: SUNDAYS | FALL/WINTER
WCCT features a variety of performers - magicians,
singers, dancers, musical groups, "learning is fun"
educators, performers, and professional theatrical
companies.
Learn more >>

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