The event we eagerly anticipate, the event that kicks off the holiday season in Hudson, Winter Walk is happening next Saturday, December 3, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This year is the 26th anniversary of the beloved event presented by Hudson Hall at the historic Hudson Opera House.
On the night before Winter Walk, excitement builds on Warren Street as Hudson's creative spirit shines through the stunning window displays unveiled for the Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 2.
Winter Walk 2022 officially kicks off at 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, December 3, with the bells of the First Presbyterian Church ringing 26 times in honor of the 26th anniversary. Then the sound of sleigh bells and the clip-clop of horses' hooves announce the arrival of Santa Claus at City Hall in his horse-drawn carriage. The young choristers of Harmony Project Hudson welcome Santa with a song before children and families are invited to join Santa Claus inside to share their holiday wishes and receive a free gift-wrapped book. Meanwhile, Friends of the Public Square (FOPS) light the holiday tree, generously donated by Kody and Jo Pinkowski, in Seventh Street Park.
For the next three hours, the reveling continues along Warren Street and adjacent streets. For a complete list of all that's going on, click here.
At 8:00 p.m., fireworks over Promenade Hill light up the sky and mark the official conclusion of Winter Walk, but the merriment continues long into the night, with many businesses open late for food, drink, and entertainment. Starting at 8:15 p.m., Hudson Hall welcomes new and old friends to enjoy a special Winter Walk "Chilly" Dinner fundraiser to honor Hudson Hall's first Directors Emeritae, Ellen Thurston and Elena Mosley.
For more information about the Winter Walk "Chilly" Dinner and to purchase tickets, click here. Proceeds from the fundraiser dinner go toward the cost of producing Winter Walk each year.