Olbrich Gardens’ Holiday Express. December 5-31, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, except Dec. 24 til 2:00 and closed Dec. 25. Large-scale model trains wind through a holiday scene overflowing with hundreds of poinsettias, fresh evergreens and exciting LEGO® displays. Admission: $5 for adults, $3 for children 3-12, children 2 and under free, admission to Bolz Conservatory is included.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights ongoing through Sunday, Jan 3. Olin Park. Lighted holiday-themed displays. Drive through any time from dusk until dawn to enjoy this magical light show for free. Candy canes are handed out from 4:30-10:00 each evening. Brought to you by The Electric Group.

Monday, Dec. 21 11:00-noon. Library Laboratory at the Meadowridge Library. Stop to play all sorts of games, experiment with cooking, get creative with art and more! For children in Grades 3 – 12. Supervised younger siblings welcome. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online beginning 12/7. Click here to register 

Monday, Dec. 21 2:30-4:30 p.m. In this special holiday edition of Maker Monday, create great DIY last minute gifts out of twine, pipe cleaners, duct tape, and other found materials! All materials provided. For teens grades 6-12. Meadowridge Library.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 11:00-noon. Library Laboratory. See above.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 1:00-3:00 p.m. Movies by the West Side Senior Center. Shown in the Segoe Terrace Apartments’ Activity Room. (602 Sawyer Terrace). This week, it’s “Shelby,” a family film about an escape artist dog.

Tuesday, Dec. 22 1:30-3:30 p.m. Book Making. Learn several different techniques to make your own book with Bubbler artist Angela Richardson. For ages 5 & up. Children under 7 must have an adult helper. Register by phone (608) 288-6160 at or online beginning December 8th. Click here to register

Wednesday, Dec. 23 3:00 p.m. Minecraft at the Meadowridge Library.

Wednesday, Dec. 23 3:00-3:30 p.m. Chess Club at the Meadowridge Library.

Library closed Thursday and Friday.

Thursday, Dec. 24 7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Annual Holiday Blood Drive. Giving blood is easy, and saving a life is a great way to get in the holiday spirit this year. Alliant Energy Center. Appointments can be made at by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767)

Dec. 25 Christmas Day

Saturday, Dec. 26 1:00 p.m. Madison Marimba Quartet: Our Gift to You. There’s plenty of music for everyone and participation for the children or the “kid” in all of us. Bring those sleighbells; jingle your keys to LeRoy Anderson’s Sleigh Ride and more. Free and open to the public. Mills Concert Hall, UW-Madison School of Music

Sunday, Dec. 27 2:00 p.m. Fresco Opera Theatre at the Olbrich Gardens. Opera Made Fresh
Delivering opera to all generations, Fresco creates fresh and accessible versions of operas, new works, themed concerts, scene programs, condensed versions of larger works, and fully staged productions. $1 donation suggested.

Monday, Dec. 28 10:30-11:00 a.m. Preschool/Toddler Obstacle Course. Play and exercise gross motor skills through a variety of activities at the Meadowridge Library. Registration recommended but not required.
Monday, Dec. 28 1:30-2:30 p.m. Button Making at the Meadowridge Library. Come and make your own button creations! All supplies provided. Registration recommended but not required. School age.

Monday, Dec. 28 2:30 p.m. Maker Monday at the Meadowridge Library. Make your way to fun featuring a rotating craft/activity; music making, painting, video recording, you’ll never know what we’ll have you make next! For teens, grades 6-12.

Monday, Dec. 28 2:00-3:30 p.m. Awesome YoYo Show with Mark Hayward, who has been a professional performer since 1990. He is a World Yo-yo Champion. He has made appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, America’’s Got Talent, and the NBC Nightly News! Families of all ages. At the Alisha Ashman Library. Click here to register

Tuesday, Dec. 29 1:00-2:15 p.m. Kids Cooking at the Meadowridge Library. Ages 5-8. Participants will make marvelous recipes with a Mexican flair. Kids create their own Baked Quesadilla. Recipes include Avocado Crema, Black bean and Sweet Corn Salsa, and Fresh Squeezed Limeade. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online beginning 12/15. Click here to register

Tuesday, Dec. 29 3:00-4:15 p.m. Kids Cooking for ages 9-12. Participants will prepare Traditional Tacos with real Mexican corn tortillas, made from scratch, using a traditional hand press, and will prepare a variety of authentic fillings to create their own tacos. Recipes will also include Guacamole, Pico de Gallo Salsa, and Mexican Hot Chocolate. Register by phone at 288-6160 or online beginning 12/15, Meadowridge Library.  Click here to register

Tuesday, Dec. 29 6:30-8:00 p.m. Making Salsa with El Grito Taqueria. This class will go beyond your typical Pico de Gallo and look at salsas that use a combination of fresh and dried chilies. Also learn about some of the staple ingredients needed to make Mexican food. Register by calling 288-6160 or online beginning 12/15. Adult, teens grades 6-12. Click here to register