Saturday, December 5, 2020

Winning Windows Decorations Announced

Tonight is Winter Walk--much modified this year to ensure everyone's safety during a pandemic. One thing that has not changed is the annual Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest. Last evening, Hudson Hall's team of anonymous judges surveyed the shops along Warren Street, decked out for the festive occasion, and made their award decisions. This morning, they announced the winners, and Gossips is thrilled to be the first to share the news.

Hudson Hall is proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Winter Walk: The Hudson Safe Edition Window Decorating Contest. In an unprecedentedly challenging year for small business, Hudson’s signature creativity and community spirit has shined through in the beautiful window displays on show throughout December. Organized by Hudson Hall since 1997, this year’s Winter Walk takes place from December 5 to 24 with an aim to highlight local businesses and provide COVID-safe holiday joy to the community. To mark the kick-off of Winter Walk this evening, many of Hudson’s unique stores are staying open until 8 p.m. for socially-distanced, capacity-observed late night shopping. For the full list of stores open late, visit
“We are so grateful to Hudson’s local business owners, who have gone above and beyond to keep the Winter Walk spirit alive this year in a safe and responsible way,” said Hudson Hall Executive Director, Tambra Dillon. “There has never been a more important time to support small businesses with shopping and dining local, whether this be by grabbing your mask, sanitizing your hands and visiting stores or dining out in person, or taking advantage of online shopping and delivery or curb side pickup.”
The anonymous judges were given the incredibly difficult task of identifying the winners among the many stunning displays. While Hudson’s long-time favorites like Lili and Loo went above and beyond again this year, the judges welcomed two new stores with the top accolades. The "Best of the Best" prize is awarded to Warren Street newcomer, Poured Candle Bar, whose sumptuous, beautifully styled window wouldn’t be out of place on Fifth Avenue. The judges also gave a special mention to the "Best Living Window" winner The Quiet Botanist. Founded by Australian transplant Rebecca O’Donnell, the window draws inspiration from apothecaries of a bygone era, wild-harvested Australian botanicals, and overgrown European gardens.
The judges awarded Hudson Home’s dramatic, icicle-exploding statue display "Best Visual Fantasy," while AnimalKind’s use of a very cool, calm and collected festive feline was given a "Most Adoptable" nod. 
The judges also gave a "Best Hudson Christmas Past, Present and Future" award to the Hudson Area Library, who have a fascinating selection of historic Hudson area photographs, maps, and home movies on display at 417-419 Warren Street.

2020 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest Winners List:

Best of the Best  

Poured Candle Bar (711 Warren Street)

Special Mention: Best Living Window  

The Quiet Botanist (455 Warren Street)

In order of geographical location:

Best Magical Mystery Christmas Tour

Kasuri (1 Warren Street)

Best Seasonal Spirit(s)

Lawrence Park (260 Warren Street)

Take a Bough

The Maker (302 Warren Street)

Best Modern Chic

Source Adage (314 Warren Street)

Best Rising Star

Breadfolks (322 Warren Street)

Best Ode to the ‘Burbs

BackBar (347 Warren Street)

Best Visual Fantasy

Hudson Home (366 Warren Street)

Best Christmas Sparkler

The Cascades (407 Warren Street) 

Best Hudson Christmas Past, Present and Future

Hudson Area Library (on display at 417-419 Warren Street)

Best Dressed for the Holidays

TK Home & Garden (441 Warren Street)

Best Sock It to Me Christmas

The Second Show (519 Warren Street)

Best Anti-Grinch Goes to Finch

FINCH (555 Warren Street)

Most Adoptable

Animalkind (721 Warren Street)

Most Scrumptious Christmas

Nine Cakes (748 Warren Street)

Best White Christmas

The Rosery (128 Green Street) 

Please note: In light of ongoing safety concerns due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be NO mass gathering event or street closures on Saturday, December 5. All Winter Walk 2020 activities have been planned with COVID-safety in mind and are outdoor, socially distanced, or virtual. Hudson Hall asks all visitors to Warren Street wear a mask and keep distance from others. For more information about the Hudson Safe campaign, visit the City of Hudson website.

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