Hanukkah, Christmas, Winter Solstice, Kwanzaa, Krampusnacht, Saint Nicholas' Day, Festivus, Yule, Chalica and other December holidays involving giving, gratitude, faith, family and the like. 

Citizen Dave was forced into early retirement as Santa, but he’s still a rebel without a clause. Read more

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Robin Shepard

Malty beer styles — Scotch ales, bold stouts and rich barleywines — are known as winter warmers. As the alcohol goes to your head, the chill starts to come off, too. Read more



Eric Schwierske

Four Seasons Theatre presents an unusual holiday offering beginning on Dec. 6. “All Is Calm: The Christmas Truce of 1914” recalls a surreal and magical moment when homesick soldiers crossed enemy lines to celebrate together. Read more




Oakwood Chamber Players create a special soundscape in “The Passion of Scrooge.” It features the voice talent of Robert A. Goderich. Read more



Steve Spaeni

Access Ability Wisconsin helps get outdoor enthusiasts with limited mobility back into nature. It’s all with the aid of an all-terrain outdoor wheelchair. Read more

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These food-gift suggestions are popular for really good reasons. These artisanal food producers really know how to please a range of finicky palates. Read more

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Rad Bag

The holidays may not seem the best time to bring up climate change. But with these gifts you can encourage your loved ones to seek out alternative modes of transportation, and enjoy them, too. Read more

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Nicola Ferrarese

Holiday entertaining can be stressful, but it doesn’t have to be. Presenting options to your guests means everybody’s happy. Read more

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Community Pharmacy

What to get for that person who is having a rough time of it? Keep it simple and don’t get stressed yourself. Read more

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A lot of folks have some form of musical expression in them, just waiting for an open channel. Here are some ideas of gifts for wannabe musicians and music lovers. Read more

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Q: What is hard to pick, but easy to wrap? A: Books. The well-chosen gift book can pique someone’s interest and create a whole new passion. Read more

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Carolyn Fath Ashby

Baby shower, wedding, birthday or just “I want to brighten your day” — when you need an extraordinary gift, try these five shops that took top honors our 2019 reader poll. Read more

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For the past few years I’ve worn the family Santa costume and tried to entertain all at the Cieslewicz family Christmas Eve. No longer. I’ve been thanked for my service and sent on my way. Read more

Citizen Dave

Madison chefs share their go-to holiday recipes for different diets. Gluten-free, vegan, protein-hungry? No problem. Read more

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“Yule” want to check out these three local events that celebrate Winter Solstice, the longest night of the year. Read more

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Nine events to get you in the holiday spirit, from family-friendly festivities to heathenesque headbangers. Read more

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Quiet Santa offers a serene meet-and-greet for kids with autism. The popularity of meeting Old Saint Nick has put the all-volunteer program near capacity. Read more


All types of nonprofit agencies from across Dane County are looking for assistance through the Holiday Wish List, a special collection of holiday-related volunteer & donation opportunities designed to help you help others. Read more

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It may be Victorian, but the Christmas pudding is a boozy affair just right for 21st-century celebrations. It’s sure to be a sensation, flaming or not. Read more

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David Douglass

Experiences are hard to wrap — but they can put the bow on the holidays. From intro to beekeeping to knitting lessons, how-tos are fun-to-haves. Read more

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