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Downtown Madison Celebrates Christmas


Foggy Madison Capitol 2006

The holidays were in full swing in downtown Madison, and we wanted to be a part of it. Our first stop was the Monona Terrace for the Winter Farmers Market. Winter doesn’t stop Madison from having its weekly market, they just go inside 🙂

Dane County Winter Farmers Market

After getting a treat here we headed to the State Capitol for a Christmas concert by Sandy La Clair Musical Productions.  They played all the holiday favorites and the kids attending even played instruments. This little girl was adorable playing the triangle.

Sandy La Clair Christmas concert

The centerpiece of the show is the Christmas tree in the center of the Rotunda.

Wisconsin Capitol Xmas Tree 2012

After the show we took a walk down State Street to have lunch at State Street Brats.

State Street Brats in Madison

After lunch we were done for the day.  During this time of year,  a free trolley goes up and down State Street to make shopping easier.

Madison WI Holiday Trolley

We sure had a great day downtown celebrating the holiday season. Come join in the fun!

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A Madison Tradition Since 1996 -University Avenue Holiday Trees

University Avenue Holiday Trees


This plaque is on the backside of the trees, honoring the late Dr. Jack Styles Kammer.

This great Madison tradition was started by the late Dr. Jack Kammer of the Center of Cosmetic Dentistry in Madison. He planted the 228 trees back in 1986. By 1996 they were large enough to decorate and they created a sensation on University Avenue on Madison’s West side.  He passed away May 13, 2010. The lights continue though, put up by volunteers.  His son Dr. Chris Kammer has continued the legacy.

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Set-up is done in the fall.  In 2017 it was on 10-28.  To let the public know so they can help put the lights on, two signs were placed in front of the trees in advance.

The first time I photographed these lights was in 2002.  There was an undecorated area in the middle with a lit American flag in the center, paying respect to the tragedy of 911 (now called Patriot Day).

We returned on 11-21-16 armed with my new Canon EOS Rebel T6i camera and took a long-exposure shot.