Discover the Magic of a Small Town Christmas Vacation
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 Christmas delights and beloved holiday traditions in Madison, Georgia, where the merrily decorated downtown, magnificent homes dressed in seasonal splendor and holiday gift markets welcome visitors to celebrate the season in style in one of the best christmas towns in georgia.
One of Explore Georgia’s 8 Small Towns that Do Christmas Right, there is so much to enjoy with friends and family when you escape to one of Georgia’s favorite small towns and best places for a Christmas vacation – Madison.
Shop, Sip & Stroll
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. The last Saturday in November is Small Business Saturday and another great opportunity to #ShopSmall.
Enjoy a welcoming and relaxed shopping experience to find that perfect gift, in stock and ready to wrap!
Discover One of Georgia's Largest Historic Districts
A favorite way to experience Madison’s cheer is to get outside and wander the renowned Madison Historic District during your Christmas vacation.
Learn the stories of Madison’s wonderfully preserved buildings and the town’s rich history with the self-guided, audio walking tour. Your first stop is the Welcome Center, where you can discover local favorites from the friendly staff or pick up a free Destination Guide with a handy map of the walking tour.
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 and into 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 construction in the 1800s.
Delight in Christmas Décor at Heritage Hall, Rogers House & Rose Cottage
Open Tuesdays-Sundays for docent-led tours; reservations required
Closed Monday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day
One of the most wonderful parts of a small town 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 tales of these special homes and Christmases past.
Choose & Cut Your Own Tree at Jack's Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Christmas Tree Season Opens November 18, 2023
Open Mondays-Fridays 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturdays-Sundays 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Jack’s Creek Christmas Tree Farm
Enjoy an old-fashioned 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 lifelong 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 the fields of cypress, cedar and even a few green giants! Fresh-cut Fraser Firs are also available.
Jack’s is known for fun entertainment for families, including hayrides through a tunnel of twinkling lights, shopping for handmade crafts, sweets, and ornaments at Grandma’s Christmas Shoppe, and photos with Santa Claus on select weekends in November and December. Bring a bit of your Christmas vacation home with you!
Peruse the Madison Artists Guild Holiday Market
October 26 – December 23, 2023
Open Tuesdays – Saturdays 11 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Madison Artists Guild
Take home more than just memories from your small town Christmas vacation. 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 hand-crafted just for this special season by a collective of local artisans.
The Madison Artists Guild is dedicated to educating and sharing art within the community. Although the MAG Holiday Market stays open through December 23rd, don’t wait to visit – these items are one-of-a-kind!
Meet Santa at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
November 16, 2023 4-8 p.m. & November 17-18, 2023 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; appointment required
Madison-Morgan Cultural Center
As if straight out of a Normal Rockwell painting, Madison is a town that holds tight to tradition. It only makes sense to carry on one of the most beloved small town Christmas activities enjoyed through the years – meeting with Santa.
This year, the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center is here to help your family create magical memories that will last a lifetime with the 5th Annual Santa at the Madison-Morgan Cultural Center. Come take a picture with Santa and enjoy a delicious holiday treat from his helpers.
Watch the Holiday Parade and Join Caroling by Candlelight
December 9, 2023: Parade 4-5 p.m., Caroling by Candlelight 5-7 p.m.
Main Street and Madison Town Park
Ring in the holiday season in small town style with Madison’s delightful Holiday Parade. Enjoy floats, vintage cars, horses, dogs, dancers and the award-winning MCHS Marching Bulldog Band, all marching to this year’s theme “A Parade of Trees.”
Following the parade, head over to Madison Town Park for an evening of festive music and caroling. Choral groups, bands and local musicians will perform holiday carols certain to fill you with the holiday cheer. Santa Claus, Mrs. Claus and the Elves will be on hand to hear Christmas wishes. Warm up with a creamy cup of hot chocolate and enjoy toasty marshmallows roasted over an open flame.
With so many fantastic things to do, delight in your magical small town Christmas vacation.