Winter Madison Night Market features festive tree lighting

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MADISON, Wis. (WMTV) - The Winter Madison Night Market celebrated the holiday season with a lighting ceremony, local shopping and great food.

On Saturday, November 16 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., people could shop and look at the light display at the 100 block of State Street and parts of the capitol square.

At 6:08 p.m., as a nod to the Madison area code, Santa and Mrs. Claus turned on the lights in a special ceremony.

The event is a celebration of Madison's unique and inspiring creative culture. Vendors showcase handmade products, local art, artisan gifts, and specialty foods. Many brick and mortar businesses stayed open late with specials.

"This is such a big night to kick-off all of the holiday season for downtown Madison. We have more than 5,000 people here to celebrate with us," said the executive director for the Madison Central Business Improvement District, Tiffany Kenney.

Attendees were asked to help "Fill the Van" with EatStreet. Bring non-perishible items for the Goodman Community Center to the 100 block of State Street.

The Market was presented by Madison's Central Business Improvement District (BID) in partnership with the City of Madison.