As festive decorations begin popping up in storefronts and cooling temperatures signal trees to put on their own vibrant displays of color, we’re reminded the holiday season is just around the corner. Discover the small town delights and beloved traditions of Christmas in Madison, where the merrily decorated downtown, magnificent homes dressed in seasonal splendor, and holiday gift markets welcome visitors to celebrate the season in style. Although this time of year may look a little different than Christmases past, there is still so much to enjoy with friends and family when you escape to Georgia’s authentic small town – just an hour outside of Atlanta yet worlds away.
Keep reading to learn the many ways to celebrate the holidays in Madison this year.
Downtown Madison’s signature event – Shop, Sip, and Stroll – is the perfect way to kick off the holiday season. This year enjoy special retail and restaurant promotions as well as complimentary refreshments provided by many local shops every Saturday in November. Stroll Madison’s festively decorated streets alive with the sounds of the season as you browse independent boutiques, antique stores galore and get a stress-free head start on your holiday shopping.
A favorite way to experience Madison’s holiday cheer is to get outside and wander the renowned Madison Historic District. Download the self-guided audio walking tour, available for free in the Apple App and Google Play stores, to learn the stories of Madison’s wonderfully preserved buildings and the town’s rich history. Take in the Christmas spirit at your own pace as you enjoy the mile-and-a-half stroll down Main Street to discover one of Georgia’s most beloved small towns. Wander through the historic residential area where Madison’s elite built their elaborate mansions along oak lined streets. Here you’ll find stunning architecture and manicured gardens that haven’t changed much since their original constructions in the 1800s.
One of the most wonderful parts of Christmas in Madison is seeing the magnificent homes all decked out in their holiday finery. Explore our favorite historic house museums – Heritage Hall, Rogers House, and Rose Cottage – and find joy in the authentic holiday decorations of the 1850s, recreated by Madison’s local garden clubs. Take a guided tour led by Madisonians to discover the unique tales of these special homes and Christmases past.
Enjoy an old fashion Christmas tradition when you choose and cut your own Christmas Tree at Jack’s Creek Christmas Tree Farm. Just 15 minutes from downtown Madison, families create lifetime memories searching for the perfect tree among the 50+ acres of beautiful historic farmland. With over 34 years of combined nursery experience, Jack’s Creek Christmas Tree Farm has found the secret to growing award winning Christmas Trees among their fields of evergreen cypress, cedar and even a few green giant trees!
The Madison Artists Guild (MAG) Holiday Market is the perfect place to find unique, handcrafted gifts for a loved one or even yourself. The market features a variety of intricately designed pieces crafted just for this special season. Painted and hand-made by a collective of local artisans, the Madison Artists Guild is dedicated to educating and sharing art within the community. And although the MAG Holiday Market stays open through Christmas Eve, don’t wait to visit – these items are one-of-a-kind!
As if straight out of a Norman Rockwell painting, Madison is a town that holds tight to tradition. It only makes sense to carry on one of the most beloved Christmas activities enjoyed through the years at one of Madison’s favorite spaces for culture and community – Madison-Morgan Cultural Center (MMCC). Housed in an elegantly restored 1895 Romanesque Revival Building that looks like it was pulled straight from the pages of a story book, MMCC is here to help your family craft magical memories that will last a lifetime with the second annual Santa at the MMCC. Come take a picture with Santa and enjoy a delicious holiday treat from his helpers.
With so much to do, why not stay a night or two to take full advantage of your small town holiday? With a variety of stays for different budgets and interests – including everything from boutique bed and breakfasts to classic farm stays and your favorite hotel brands – make Madison the place for your escape for the holidays. For our complete list of places to stay in Madison and Morgan County, click here.