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Progress Center for Black Women to host 5th annual Photos with Santa event on Saturday at Madison Children’s Museum


For the 5th year running, the Progress Center for Black Women is happy to announce Santa’s 2023 return to the Madison Children’s Museum who is collaborating with the Progress Center for a day of community and joy on Satuday, Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  

The free event will be held at the museum’s 100 N. Hamilton St. location and will include a complimentary photo and free admission to the museum as the Progress Center for Black Women brings a Black Santa back to the Madison community, this year to be played by community leader Anthony Cooper. 

Other Madisonians will also be supporting the event with Emily Balsley creating the Christmas-themed backdrop and Megan Spicer and her family providing treat bags for each child. ArrowStar Photography, headed by well-known Madison photographer Shalicia Johnson, will be taking care of photo-taking to ensure lasting memories with quality pictures. 

“As the Progress Center for Black Women celebrates our 5th year of empowering Black women and their families, I am excited for our annual Photos with Santa event on Saturday,” said Sabrina Madison, founder and CEO of Progress Center for Black Women. “It’s so heartwarming to see how much children have grown since our last event and I especially love seeing the kids who first attended as newborns! Cultivating a celebration that brings families together, spreads laughter, and fosters community spirit is truly fulfilling.”

The Madison Children’s Museum will also be providing an opportunity to take pictures with local friends Bayou Princess and Ice Queen, reminiscent of Princesses Tiana and Elsa, from 1-3 p.m. Families can arm themselves with a phone or camera and find one of these wonderful characters to request a free photo. 

Photos and entry to the museum will be free for Saturday, and adults are also welcome to partake in the fun with the added responsibility of monitoring their children at all times. Photos can be sent to families through Google Drive, or if privacy is a concern, personal cameras or phones can also be used for the picture. The museum will have plenty of other activities and entertainment, and the magical memories of meeting Santa and his helpers will surely be a highlight of the celebrations. 

To register and learn more, check out the events for the Progress Center for Black Women here.