Holidays 2020

In line with recommendations by the Madison Board of Health, NJ Department of Health and the CDC, the 2020 Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting ceremony have been cancelled - but theres still holiday spirit in Madison!

Like most things in 2020, the holidays will look a bit different this year, but there will still be plenty of holiday spirit in the Rose City! For the safety of all residents, our traditional Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting have been cancelled for this Friday, November 27, and replaced with what we hope will be some wonderful new traditions. 

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-vvF4icYSanta will be available for visits and photos in the weeks leading up to Christmas. We’ve worked hard to provide a safe opportunity for kids to chat with Santa while parents can get some great photos. Although little ones won’t be able to sit on Santa’s lap this year, you also won’t have to wait in the normal long line. Thanks to Boxcar, you can reserve a time to visit Santa! Each timed visit will cost $20, which benefits the Madison Christmas Committee and will help keep the Christmas spirit strong in the Rose City. Madison residents will have exclusive access to the reservation system starting on Thursday, 11/19 at www.RoseCityChristmas.com. After Thanksgiving, we’ll open it up to residents of surrounding towns.

We want to thank all the people who have helped to save Santa this year, including the Madison Police and Fire Departments, Boxcar, the Toto Family, J&M Home & Garden, and of course Madison Santa himself! 

If you are unable to afford this but would still like to visit Santa, please contact support@boxcarapp.com.

Click here to learn more about our Home for the Holidays programming.

Madison Christmas Tree 

This year’s tree, a spruce that had been growing on the grounds of St. Vincent Martyr for years, was graciously donated by Father George from St. Vincent Martyr. When first approached about offering it up for this year’s tree, Father George was hesitant on removing a tree that they had been so fond of. After much thought, Father George thought, “wouldn’t it be truly wonderful to gift the town with our beautiful tree in this year that we are so in need of the Christmas spirit!” Because of their generous donation of the tree, it will stand on Waverly Place through the holiday season as a sign of Hope, Peace, Light - reminding us to let our lights shine through as acts of kindness, care, and compassion - and Joy.

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We are so grateful to Father George and the entirety of St. Vincent Martyr for sharing their beautiful tree for of Madison to enjoy. We also thank the Madison Electric Department and Coviello Brothers for their work in cutting down, transporting and putting up the tree. Tree Lighting_YouTube Cover

Virtual Tree Lighting 

The virtual lighting of the Christmas Tree on Waverly Place will took place on Friday, November 27. A full recording of the event can be found on the Borough of Madison YouTube Channel.

Operation Santa Claus

On Friday, November 27, 2020 around 10:00 A.M. Santa began his journey around town on Geraldine, Madison’s antique fire engine, by the Madison Fire and Police Departments. Santa traveled each street in Madison, by zones. An interactive Google Map, identifying the seven zones he traveled can be found below or by clicking here. We began in Zone 1 and proceed accordingly. For everyone’s safety, Santa only waved, but his helpers handed out treats to all those who cheer him on throughout his journey.