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Experience Old Time Christmas in Historic Madison, Indiana

Tucked alongside the Ohio River in Southern Indiana, Madison is a city of history and charm, both of which will be on display in the upcoming Nights Before Christmas Candlelight Tour.

On November 25-26 and December 2-3, visitors to Madison will get in the holiday spirit by touring 4 public historic sites, 5 private homes and a local church, many of which are located in the town’s National Historic District.

One of the homes, an 1851 Greek Revival, features an open floor plan which was unusual for its time and six original fireplaces.† Another Greek Revival home on the tour features a recessed entrance flanked with window lights.† An 1840 shotgun style home on the tour shows off the woodworking talents of the original owner.† Much of Madisonís architecture is Federal and Greek Revival so the Craftsman style home built between 1910 and 1912 is a treat to see.† Another home on the tour is on the National Register of Historic Homes and may have been a Costigan designed home.

The four public historic sites on the tour are the Lanier Mansion, the Masonic Schofield House, the Sullivan House, and the Jefferson County Historical Society Museum.† Prince of Peace Catholic Church, built in 1851, will host caroling on each night of the tour. Take a few minutes to listen to or join in with the holiday sounds before continuing on the tour.

To complete the evening, make plans to enjoy dinner or even an overnight at one of Madison’s unique restaurants and bed-n-breakfasts.

Tour tickets are $15.00 for adults and $5.00 for children ages 5-15. Tickets can be purchased at the Madison Visitors Center, 601 West First Street or online at† For more information please call 800-559-2956 or visit

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Written by : Amy moved to Indiana for college in 1988 (Go Bulldogs!) and has never left. Married with three children, she's always on the lookout for fun and affordable things to do in Indiana. Elsewhere on the web, you can find Amy at The Fourth Frog Blog and All Things Aging. Amy receives compensation from the Indiana Office of Tourism Development for blogging. For more information, see our FTC Disclosure page.