Every year, Hudson’s mile-long Warren Street is transformed into a festive boulevard for the annual Winter Walk with twinkling lights, brightly decorated shops, Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus, live reindeer, horse-drawn wagons, carolers, and a legion of characters and performers.
The Winter Walk begins at 5:00pm with the carillon bells of the First Presbyterian Church marking the start of the Santa Parade that transports Mr. & Mrs. Claus from the Hudson Opera House to City Hall (520 Warren Street), where free books are distributed to children all evening.
The holiday frolicking continues throughout the evening, with activities and performances both inside shops and on the street. From jazz to classical, African drums to banjo, music is everywhere. Face painting, stilt walkers, animal balloons by Tots the Clown, and Roger the Jester compete for children’s attention.
At 8:00 pm, Fireworks launched from Promenade Hill at the foot of Warren Street light up the winter sky marking the conclusion of the festivities, but many businesses—especially restaurants–stay open long after the event.