Home for the Holidays
The Borough of Madison and the Office of Business Development, the Madison Downtown Development Commission, and the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce are asking that you make shopping local a priority this 2020 holiday season!
The success of our small businesses is crucial to the economic health of our community. The pandemic has placed an extraordinary strain on local businesses and this year more than ever they need our support!
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For additional Borough of Madison 2020 holiday information including Madison Santa's plans for the season, please click here
Rosie the Rose City Reindeer
The Madison Area Chamber of Commerce is inviting children to participate in a month-long search to "Find Rosie the Rose City Reindeer" this holiday season.
Beginning Friday, November 27, more than 40 Chamber-member businesses will participate in this creative and fun activity to help highlight the holidays and all that is wonderful about shopping in Madison this season. This is a free event, open to the public and for children only. For a list of participating businesses please visit the Chamber website at MadisonNJChamber.org.
Holiday Gift Checks
With the Holiday season around the corner, local businesses are reminding consumers that the Madison Gift Check is the ideal present for everyone on your shopping list.
Madison Gift Checks are for sale in any denomination all year long at Provident Bank, 98 Main Street. Gift checks may be purchased by cash or check made out to the Madison Area Chamber of Commerce, which sponsors the program.
Gift checks can be redeemed at any Madison business. For more information, please click here.
Holiday Window Painting
Don't forget to check out all the beautiful artwork around town as area students paint the shop windows for the holidays.
Secret Santa Holiday Giveaway
Everyone needs a little extra holiday cheer this year, and this new holiday giveaway will be sure to deliver just that! Shop in Madison, NJ on five consecutive Saturdays from November 21 through December 19, between 12:00 and 3:00 pm, and you may be randomly approached by a special "Secret Santa" and awarded a Madison Gift Check in the amount of $25, $50 or $100. One gift check for each denomination will be handed out to lucky winners each Saturday. The more you shop, the greater your chances to win!
Downtown Holiday Entertainment
In coordination with the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and Madison Director of Arts & Events, Eric Hafen, free holiday entertainment will be provided on Saturdays, from 12-3:00 pm, beginning on November 21 and concluding on December 19. Here is the schedule:
11/21 - Brass Caroling Group
11/28 - Christmas Matters Carolers
12/5 - Holiday with Friends
12/12 - Anthology Quartet
12/19 - Celestial Singers Acapella
Virtual Holiday Arts Festival
Although the annual Madison Holiday Arts Festival will not look the same as in years past, Madison Arts & Culture Alliance and Madison Director of Arts & Events, Eric Hafen, are planning a virtual Holiday Arts Festival recorded at the Madison Community Arts Center, which will be broadcast in late November and December on various platforms including:
The MACA Holiday Arts Festival will be generously sponsored by Adams Dental this year.
Check the Madison Arts & Culture Alliance website for updates by clicking here.
Before you shop online or head to the mall this holiday season, please consider the following:
1) Small businesses give back to the community: When you spend money in your neighborhood, your sales tax stays in your neighborhood. You help fund public education, parks, and street improvements, not to mention vital services like firefighting and mosquito control.
2) Local storeowners create local jobs: The Small Business Administration reports that local businesses added 8 million jobs to the American economy since 1990 while the expansion of large chains reduced jobs by 4 million.
3) Local owners buy local services themselves: Independent local businesses go into their local community to buy the supporting services they need, including architects, designers, cabinet shops, sign makers, and contractors for construction and accountants and lawyers to keep themselves operating within the guardrails.
4) Local establishments provide great customer service: Business owners rely on great customer service to build a loyal customer base, so it is comforting to know you will be shopping in a store that is genuinely happy to assist you.
5) Small businesses create a sense of community: Human beings seek a feeling of belonging and familiarity in the towns in which they live. It is only natural to seek connections with those we share our neighborhoods with. It is always a comforting feeling to see that poster of the local Little League team in the coffee shop window.
6) It feels good to help neighbors and friends succeed: There is something special about knowing the owner of the store when you walk in. You can ask about family, congratulate them on their anniversary, and feel the comfort of familiarity.
7) It is about preserving the community: The American Independent Business Alliance has another great reason to shop locally: “The disappearance of local businesses leaves a social and economic void that is palpable and real — even when it goes unmeasured,” AIBA says. “A community’s quality of life changes in ways that macroeconomics is slow to measure, or ignores completely.”
~Reprinted from ourtownamerica.com