A Festive Family Tree Lighting Ceremony and Blues-Inspired Blue Year’s Eve Highlight the Holiday Season at Madison’s Edgewater.

Madison, WI (November 13, 2019) — With the flip of a switch and the roar of the crowd, Madison’s Edgewater kicks off the holiday season on November 29 with its sixth annual tree lighting ceremony.  This is just the start of a festive season featuring caroling happy hours, holiday-inspired spa treatments, an afternoon tea, breakfasts with Bucky Badger, and Santa and a mashup of Blues and Bluegrass-inspired ”Blue Year’s Eve.”

The beloved Tree Lighting, capped off by the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus at 6 p.m., features the lighting of three giant evergreens on the Grand Plaza of the lakefront urban resort. Event festivities, from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m., include face painting, cookie decorating, story time, and crafts, along with live musical performances by the Ken Lindquist Band, Black Star Drum Line, David Landau, Ringing Badgers Hand Bells and Central Midwest Ballet. The event is free and open to the public.

Beautifully decorated for the holidays, twinkling lights cast a festive glow on the historic property, located just blocks from Capitol Square and the University of Wisconsin campus. The Edgewater is located at 1001 Wisconsin Place in Madison, WI. For further information, call 608-535-8200.

Holiday Schedule:

6th ANNUAL HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING (November 29) – begins at 2 p.m. and includes family-friendly activities, performances by local choirs, kids’ crafts and more. Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive at 6 p.m. for the official tree lighting ceremony on the resort’s outdoor Grand Plaza.

BLACK FRIDAY AND CYBER MONDAY SALE (November 29-December 2) –Guests who book a room between November 29 and December 2, can take advantage of The Edgewater’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday sale and save 25 to 35 percent on all room bookings between November 29, 2019 – March 31, 2020.  Rates offered as low as $96 per night.

AUGIE’S TAVERN HOLIDAY HAPPY HOUR (December 6, 13, 20) – Enjoy festive drinks and the Capital City Theater Carolers from 5-7 p.m. each Friday throughout the holiday season.

SPA-LIDAY SOIREE! (December 6) – Begin the season feeling beautiful and bright! Enjoy two mini treatments of your choice, makeup application, a take-home goodie bag, door prizes, exclusive discounts, appetizers and champagne.  Treatments include: Merry & Bright Manicure, Fa-La-La Foot Treatment, Mini Mistletoe Facial; Winter Wonderland Hydration Lactic Facial Treatment; ‘Tis the Season Dry Blowout; and Mele Kalikimaka Mini Massage.  Arrive early and enjoy the Spa’s luxurious relaxation pool, steam room and lounge.  Cost is $110 per person for two mini treatments.

BUCKY’S BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (December 7) – UW Madison’s Mascot Bucky Badger and Santa Claus will be special guests at this popular sit down breakfast that features a pint-size pancake station.

PJ&S AND PANCAKES (December 14) – Kids and parents can dress in their favorite pair of PJ’s and enjoy breakfast with Santa. Made-to-order pancakes, decorated by kids of all ages, along with holiday ornament making and photos with Santa highlight this special event.

HOLIDAY OPEN HOUSE (December 14) –The Edgewater Market presents its first open house from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.  Enjoy a warm drink while sampling from local food and beverage purveyors and shopping for unique gifts.

MAGICAL BREAKFAST WITH SANTA (December 21) – Join Santa and Mrs. Claus for a magical morning as we countdown to Christmas!  This inaugural holiday event is from 9-11 A.M. and will feature a traditional breakfast buffet, a viewing of Mickey’s Once Upon a Christmas and a very special visit from Mickey and Minnie themselves.  Grab your mouse ears and your Christmas list and join us for what is sure to become a holiday favorite!

HOLIDAY TEA (December 22, seating at 2:30 & 3 p.m.) – Celebrate the season on December 22 with a festive Afternoon Tea served in the lakefront Statehouse restaurant.  Finger sandwiches, scones and pastries served on three-tier stands—all sure to get you in the holiday spirit.

HOLIDAY SPA TREATMENTS – Throughout November and December, The Edgewater’s full-service spa will feature such fun holiday treatments as a Bourbon Marshmallow Body Treatment and a Peppermint Bark Bliss Pedicure.

DESTINATION BLUE YEAR’S EVE (December 31) –  It’s all about the blues this year at The Edgewater’s Blue Year’s Eve Party.  From the bluegrass music of  Wheelhouse to the blues  styling of the Chris O’Leary Band and The Jimmy’s, the evening is made for music lovers. The party features appetizers, complimentary beer and wine and a champagne toast at midnight.  A cash bar will be provided.  Single tickets for the event are currently on sale for $95 and the following overnight room packages are available: “Hello 2020” includes Dec. 31 accommodations, two tickets for the event, brunch for two and late checkout, pricing starts at $499 and “Destination Blue Year’s Eve package” starts at $399 and includes Dec. 31 accommodations, two tickets for the event and late checkout.

For further information or to make a reservation call 608.535.8200 or visit www.theedgewater.com.


About The Edgewater

The Edgewater, an urban resort, offers visitors the ultimate Madison experience along the shores of Lake Mendota. The hotel first opened its doors in 1948 and quickly became recognized as a prominent part of the community and culture. The Edgewater has a rich history and throughout the years has hosted an array of celebrities, including Elvis Presley, Elton John, Bob Hope and the Dalai Lama, among many others. Privately owned and operated by a team that lives in – and loves – their city, the hotel reopened after a $100 million renovation in the fall of 2014. No effort was spared to showcase the property’s breathtaking views, offer unique amenities and focus on creating Madison’s place, a community-focused hub of activity that is free and open to the public year-round. The Edgewater is a member of Historic Hotels of America and Preferred Hotels. To learn more, visit www.theedgewater.com.


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