After this weekend the darkest days are behind us. You know what that means, get out and enjoy the night people. Here’s what’s happening in Madison this weekend.
Winter Solstice is Here
Come celebrate the Winter Solstice at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center this Friday December 19th at 6:30pm. Throughout history, cultures around the world have celebrated the Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year, as a time to reflect on the past year and look with hope to the coming year. Families are invited to rejoice in a celebration of that tradition. There will be a Naturalist led twilight hike, kids Nature crafts like pinecone bird feeder, a festive bonfire & Wassail made over the fire & yummy seasonal snacks.
Aldo Leopold Nature Center 300 Femrite Dr. Monona
Friday 12/19 6:30 to 8 pm
Snuggle Up For a Good Story
Who doesn’t love live storytelling of a Christmas classic? West Towne Barnes & Noble wants to share a Christmas classic with you, Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer during their Holiday Classics Storytime this Friday December 19th at 7pm. What a wonderful time listening to this Holiday classic. Listen to this tale of persistence and triumph over great difficulties.
Barnes & Noble 7433 Mineral Point Rd Madison
Friday 12/19 at 7pm
Greatest X-Mas Movie of All Time!
Christmas Brew N’ View with Elf. Watch this zany Elf’s adventure at the Majestic drinking a nice cold beer. Complete with Christmas-themed drink specials and complimentary candy canes. So don’t be a cotton headed ninny muggins…come to the Majestic and party with them while watching quite possibly the funniest damn Christmas movie of all time.
Majestic Theatre 115 King St Madison
Saturday 12/20 7:30pm Cost $7
Lift Heavy Stuff Like Santa
Be part of the trend & try CrossFit. CrossFit Connex is offering “free” trial workouts on Saturdays at 10:00. You’ll want to check them out and at least give it a try. It’s a great way to beat the Holiday bulge.
CrossFit Connex 3015 Perry St Madison
Saturday 12/20 10 am
How Many Different Birds Do You See?
It’s Madison Children’s Museum Project Feederwatch this Saturday December 20th 2 to 3. Learn about some of the common varieties of bird in Madison and count them as they visit the bird feeders in the Log Cabin yard. It’s a great way for kids to learn about our native birds.
Madison Children’s Museum 100 N Hamilton St Madison
Saturday 12/20 2-3 pm
Not All Trees Are The Same
Find out about species of conifers during “Conifers” an UW Arboretum Walk this Sunday December 21st at 1pm. This free naturalist-led hike will show how the Arboretum is home to many species of conifers. The tour visits pines, spruces, firs, and many more. Please make sure you dress for the weather.
UW Arboretum Visitor Center 1207 Seminole Hwy Madison
Sunday 12/21 1 pm
A Warm Bonfire to Welcome Winter
Friends of Starkweather Creek are hosting their 13th annual Winter Solstice Celebration this Sunday December 21st from 4 to 7, this free event, held below the sledding hill at Olbrich Park on Lake Monona, features ice lanterns, hot chocolate & cider, drumming, singing, dancing & a bonfire lit after 4:30 pm. Bring thoughts to forget and lose in the fire ash, wishes to ascend with the smoke and hope for more light in our lives as we celebrate the beginning of the long night.
Olbrich Park 3402 Atwood Ave Madison
Sunday 12/21 4 to 7 pm
For a full list of events please visit The Guide