Friday, December 2
The University Theatre presents “It’s a Wonderful Life” at Mitchell Theater on the UW campus. The story is a holiday classic brought to life as a 1940s live radio broadcast. Follow the life of George Bailey and the highs and lows that come with it that lead to a desperate Christmas Eve. 
Through Dec. 11, theatre.wisc.edu

Edgewood College’s Music Department keeps the winter cheer alive with their 89th Annual Christmas Concert. All proceeds go towards a scholarship fund. 
Through Dec. 3, www.edgewood.edu

The Madison Symphony orchestra coats us in musical melodies of holiday cheer with “A Madison Symphony Christmas” in Overture Hall featuring Grammy winner and Metropolitan Opera singer Sylvia McNair as well as the Mt. Zion Gospel Choir. 
Through Dec. 4, www.overture.org

Four Seasons Theatre and Theatre LILA bring to life “Big Fish: The Musical”, the 1998 novel and 2003 film directed by Tim Burton. The performance brings ensemble-style storytelling to the stage at Overture Center. It centers on a dying father who loves telling tall tales and his son, who demands only the truth. 
Through Dec. 11, www.overture.org

Saturday, December 3
Engage in holiday consumerism without the extra guilt. The Fair Trade Holiday Festival at Monona Terrace is a one-stop shop for international and artisan gifts this holiday season with vendors such as Fairgrass, Mayaworks and Noonday Collection.
www.fairtrademadison.org

Olbrich’s Holiday Express Flower and Train Model Show kicks off on Dec. 3 and runs through Dec. 31. View large-scale model trains weaving through a tropical holiday scene in Olbrich’s atrium.
Through Dec. 31, www.olbrich.org

Weekend 608: “It’s a Wonderful Life”, “A Madison Symphony Christmas” & more

IT'S WEEKEND IN THE SIX OH EIGHT

SUSAN --

SHAYNA FROM MADISON MAGAZINE IS HERE

LOTS OF HOLIDAY EVENTS FROM MUSIC TO PERFORMING ARTS

EVENTS START THIS WEEKEND.

IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE

BIG FISH: THE MUSICAL

A PERENNIAL HOLIDAY FAVORITE WILL ALSO GRACE THE STAGE

AT OVERTURE HALL AND A COLLEGIATE ENSEMBLE WILL GIVE

US SOME HOLIDAY TUNES.

A MADISON SYMPHONY CHRISTMAS

AND EDGEWOOD COLLEGE'S MUSIC DEPARTMENT KEEPS THE

WINTER CHEER ALIVE WITH THEIR 89TH ANNUAL CHRISTMAS

CONCERT ON DEC.

2 AND 3.

ALL PROCEEDS GO TOWARDS A SCHOLARSHIP FUND.

AND GIFT GIVING IS AT THE TOP OF EVERYONE'S LIST AS

WE MOVE INTO THE SEASON.

ENGAGE IN HOLIDAY CONSUMERISM WITHOUT THE EXTRA GUILT.

THE FAIR TRADE HOLIDAY FESTIVAL ON DEC.

3 AT MONONA TERRACE IS A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL

AND ARTISAN GIFTS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON WITH VENDORS

SUCH AS FAIRGRASS, MAYAWORKS AND NOONDAY COLLECTION.

FOR ADDITIONAL WEEKEND 608 PICKS PLUS A FULL ARTS

AND ENTERTAINMENT GUIDE WITH EVENTS TO DO IN DECEMBER,

VISIT MADISONMAGAZINE.COM.