Run, Shop and Watch the Trains!

Posted by Laura Kocum on Friday, December 1st, 2017 at 9:30am.

This weekend, there is something for everyone in Madison. You can exercise, shop or just enjoy the scenery in town.

Run Santa Run:  A 5K for all ages, the Run Santa Run race takes place on and around the Capitol Square. Participants don their best Christmas costumes, and run or walk the course through downtown Madison, with stops for Christmas cookies, candy canes, candy kisses under the Mistletoe, and hot chocolate along the way.  Participants of all ages are welcome, and proceeds benefit local charities. Sign up Friday for discounted registration, or on Saturday between 11:30 and 1:30. The race begins at 2 p.m. Afterwards, there will be four after party options with soda for all participants and beer for adults. The Great Dane will also have live music by Wheelhouse until 5:30. There are prizes for runners, and all who beat the Grinch will enjoy a free slice of Ian's Pizza.

Fair Trade Madison Holiday Festival: For shoppers seeking unique gifts, and a way to give back at the same time, the Fair Trade Madison Holiday Festival is the perfect stop! The festival opens at Monona Terrace at 9 a.m. on Saturday, and goes until 4 p.m. Vendors will represent artisans from around the world. All products are developed and sold in a way to ensure the safety and fair treatment of workers. The fair trade website states: "Fair trade supports farmers and craftspeople in developing countries who are socially and economically marginalized. These producers often face steep hurdles in finding markets and customers for their goods." This event creates a market opportunity. Shoppers will find a broad selection of food products, jewelry, scarves, bags, cards and other items that are sure to be unique and memorable gifts.

Olbrich's Holiday Express: The annual train show at Olbrich Gardens opens to the public on Saturday. Large scale model trains will wind their way through a beautiful, indoor garden full of Poinsettias, greens, and other holiday themed scenes. This year's express includes a western theme, with a minor's camp, saloon, desert scenes and a campfire included in the display. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children. Children 2 and under are free. The display will be available from 9-4 p.m. from now through December 31, with adjusted hours on December 24. Olbrich Gardens is closed December 25. 

Whether you run, shop or just take in the views, there is plenty to enjoy in Madison this weekend!

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