Find family-friendly holiday fun at Olbrich Botanical Gardens, 3330 Atwood Ave.
Attend Olbrich’s Holiday Concert series 2 p.m. Sunday. Traditional folk musician John C. Van Orman plays a wide assortment of instruments, including the hurdy-gurdy. Admission is free, with a suggested $2 donation.
Check out Olbrich’s Holiday Express Flower and Model Train Show. Running 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily through Dec. 31 (closes at 2 p.m. on Christmas Eve, and closed all day on Christmas), large-scale model trains travel through a holiday setting of fresh evergreens and poinsettias. Admission includes entrance to the Bolz Conservatory and is $5/adults, $3/children ages 3 to 12, and free for children ages 2 and under, and Olbrich Botanical Society members.
More information on both events at www.olbrich.org; or phone 608-246-4718.
Good Day Market
Purchase presents handcrafted by many Midwest makers at Good Day Market — Holiday Edition 4:30 to 9 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. More than 40 artisans offering their home and lifestyle wares, local small-batch food and brews, music and live demos will fill the Madison Masonic Center, 301 Wisconsin Ave. Admission to the market is free.
More information: gooddaymarket.net; or phone 608-256-5734.
Enjoy “A Winter Evening” with Perfect Harmony Men’s Chorus 7:30 p.m. Friday and 3 p.m. Sunday at First United Methodist Church, 203 Wisconsin Ave. The ensemble’s annual winter concert includes traditional Christmas carols as well as modernized versions of “The Holly and the Ivy” and “Oh! Christmas Tree???” Common Chords, will also perform two a capella pieces. Advance tickets are $15, and can be purchased online; tickets at the door are $20.
More information and purchase tickets at www.perfectharmonychorus.org; or phone for more information, 608-571-7462.
Aluminum Christmas trees
Meet the curator of “Ever Gleaming: The Enduring Love Affair with the Aluminum Christmas Tree” exhibit to tour and learn more about the iconic aluminum trees 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday, at Wisconsin Historical Museum, 30 N. Carroll St. The tour is free.
More information: wisconsinhistory.org; or phone 608-264-6563.
“The Nutcracker” preview
Sample “The Nutcracker” at the Waisman Center, 1500 Highland Ave., with performances at 1 and 3 p.m. Sunday. Dance Wisconsin presents the preview that is adapted for younger audiences, and features beautiful costumes and engaging choreography. The 3 p.m. show is sensory-friendly, and both shows are sign-interpreted. Admission is $2/adults, and $1/children.
More information: www. waisman.wisc.edu.
— Robyn Norton