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Hudson Winter Walk 25th Anniversary, Dec 4 2021

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Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Hudson Hall announces the 25th Anniversary of Winter Walk on Saturday, December 4, 2021!

Hudson’s most beloved celebration returns to its street-festival format with a focus on attractions that can be safely enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. Your favorite acts will be back, including roving costumed characters, street performers, carolers, horse-and-carriage rides, and a fireworks display at 8pm.

We also welcome the winners of the Winter Walk 25th Anniversary Artist Grant Program to the lineup. The $15,000 in awarded grant funds gives artists and creative teams – among them dancers, musicians, poets, circus performers, environmental educators, puppeteers and more – financial support to help create work that will be featured at the December 4th event.

Winter Walk 2021 focuses on outdoor attractions that can be safely enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The lineup of performers and attractions include:

Sean the Prankster 
Crazy Christine Balloons
Roger the Jester
Holly, Andy & Ivy
Circus Theatricks with Sean Fagan
Acadia Otlowski
Key of Q
Horse and Carriage Rides
Holiday Tree at 7th Street Park (Thanks to Friends of the Park)
Menorah Lighting Ceremony
Santa via Zoom (by reservation in the weeks leading up to Winter Walk)
Fireworks display from the Hudson River
(More to be announced!)
As always – but especially this year – the success of Winter Walk will be thanks to the participation of our community and local businesses. 



DATE/TIME: Saturday, December 4, 2021 / 5 – 8pm

LOCATIONCity of Hudson



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Winter Walk Makes a Summer Splash

To launch the upcoming 25th Anniversary of Winter Walk on December 4, Hudson Hall invites the community to head down to Henry Hudson Waterfront Park on Wednesday, July 21 from 5:30 to 9pm for a festive evening of Winter Walk-themed music, dance, a processional down Warren Street and a grand fireworks display, as well as food, market stalls and kayak rentals.

Wednesday, July 21 at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park
5:30pm “Winter Walk’s Comin’ to Town” processional. Step off from 3rd and Warren, led by Sax O’Claus and Perfect Ten Elves
5:30pm Kuumba Dance and Drum Circle
7pm Hudson Valley Academy of the Performing Arts dances segments from The Nutcracker
8pm The Jeanne O’Connor Jazz Quintet
9pm Fireworks!

DATE/TIME: Wednesday, July 21, 2021 / 5:30 – 9pm

LOCATIONHenry Hudson Riverfront Park
1 Water Street Rd,
Hudson, NY 12534


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Hudson Winter Walk 2020: 20 Days of Festive Cheer

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Winter Walk 2017. Photo by Jeff McKinney

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that in normal years brings upwards of 20,000 people to town. For the past 23 years, Hudson Hall has produced Winter Walk, and what began as a one-block party grew into Hudson’s most colorful event of the year and an important evening of trade for many local shops and restaurants.  In 2020, we need Winter Walk more than ever. Our local businesses need support, and we know our community needs extra cheer and joy.

Instead of closing off Warren Street for a large celebration involving tens of thousands people on a single evening, Winter Walk 2020 begins on Saturday, December 5 and continues through the month of December.

Find yourself a suitable holiday mask and get ready to enjoy the warmth and excitement of the holidays in Hudson, while staying safe and distanced, during Winter Walk 2020: The Hudson Safe Edition.


December 5, 5-8pm
Late night shopping, Sax O’Claus, Santa’s Village at 7th Street Park, Rip the Nut (video projection at Hudson Hall)

December 10-17, daily at 6pm (3:45pm on Dec. 11)
Menorah Lighting at 7th Street Park

December 8 – 16
Have a Virtual Visit with Santa Claus (every child receives a free gift wrapped book). Free. Reservations open Saturday, December 5 at hudsonhall.org.
Tues, Dec 8 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 9 (3pm – 6pm)
Tues, Dec 15 (4pm – 7pm)
Wed, Dec 16 (3pm – 6pm)

December 12 (time to be announced)
Lighting the Christmas Tree at 7th Street Park

Late Night Shopping on Saturday, December 5:

356 Warren St.
510 Warren St Gallery
Baba Louies’s Pizza
BODHI Spa| Yoga| Shop
Carrie Haddad Gallery
Clove & Creek
FACE Stockholm
Flowerkraut Inc.
Foley & Cox Home
Handloom Batik
Hudson Clothier
Lightforms Art Center
Lili and Loo
Make Workshop
Poured Candle Bar
Sonder Hudson
The Maker Lounge, Café and Restaurant
Trade Winds
Verdigris Tea & Chocolate
White Rice
Window On Hudson

This year, producing Winter Walk is a huge challenge and Hudson Hall is asking for help via a GoFundMe benefit fund raiser.

To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/f/keep-the-spirit-of-winter-walk-alive-in-2020?utm_source=customer&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet&utm_medium=copy_link_all

LOCATION: City of Hudson


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Hudson Hall Announces Winners of the 2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest

Hudson, NY: Hudson Hall is proud to announce the winners of the 2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest. Now in its 20th year, the contest celebrates the creativity and ingenuity of Hudson’s independent retailers, restaurants and galleries on the eve of the city’s largest, liveliest and most colorful event of the year.

The ‘Best Overall’ prize is awarded to FINCH Hudson. Created by luxury fashion leader Andrew Arrick (whose resume boasts work for design houses Yves Saint Laurent, Celine, Carolina Herrera and Vera Wang), and husband Michael Hofemann, FINCH Hudson’s window features two festive scenes reflecting heaven and earth with a distinctly upstate style.

The ‘Best Newcomer’ award goes to fashion, accessories, and contemporary art retailer Mikel Hunter, who opened a second location of his Martha’s Vineyard in Hudson last year. Hunter’s window brings rock’n’roll to the holidays with stylishly dressed characters and a festive bow-covered motorcycle.

Mikel Hunter Daytime Full Window (1 of 1).jpg

The judges also gave a ‘Special Appreciation’ award to The City of Hudson in recognition of its long-time support of Winter Walk, and the tireless efforts of City employees who have helped make this beloved winter event a success for 22 years.

2018 Winter Walk Window Decorating Contest Winners List:

Best Overall Window:
FINCH Hudson (555 Warren Street)

In order of geographic location:

Most Enchanting

The Rosery on Warren (238 Warren Street)

Most Elegant
source adage (314 Warren Street)

Most Whimsical 

The Gilded Owl (318 Warren Street)

Most Magical (exterior/interior)

The Artisan Shop at Camphill Hudson (360 Warren Street)

Best Use Of Lights

Vince Mulford Antiques (417-419 Warren Street)

Most Dickensian

La Maison Supreme Ltd. (431 Warren Street)

Most Glamorous

TK Home & Garden (441 Warren Street)

Best Storytelling

Five and Diamond Vintage (502 Columbia Street)

Best Second Story

Emma Sandall’s Dancing Snowflake Projections (521 Warren Street)

Best Newcomer (533 Warren Street)
Mikel Hunter

Best Empty Shop

602 Warren Street

Most Eclectic
Arenskjold Antiques Art (605 Warren Street)

Most Charming 
The Bee’s Knees (725 Warren Street)

Special Mention

Todd Farrell’s Car Care Center

Special Appreciation:

The City of Hudson

Winter Walk is a free community event that brings upwards of 20,000 to Hudson’s historic downtown the first Saturday in December. Produced by Hudson Hall, Winter Walk is possible thanks to the City of Hudson, and with generous support from Taconic Biosciences, the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Five Star Urgent Care, Harney & Sons Fine Teas, Columbia Memorial Health, Fingar Insurance, media partner Columbia Greene Media, media sponsors The Berkshire Edge, Rural Intelligence, WGXC and 98.5 The Cat, and other local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity. For more information and full schedule of events, visit hudsonhall.org or phone Hudson Hall at (518) 822-1438.


Hudson Hall is a cultural beacon in the Hudson Valley, offering a dynamic year-round schedule of music, theater, dance, literature, workshops for youth and adults, as well as family programs and large-scale community events such as Winter Walk. Located in a historic landmark that houses New York State’s oldest surviving theater, Hudson Hall underwent a full restoration and reopened to the public in April 2017 for the first time in over 55 years. The newly restored Hudson Hall reflects Hudson’s rich history in a modern facility that welcomes residents and visitors from throughout our local community, across the nation, and around the globe.


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Hudson Winter Walk 2018

Warren St during Winter Walk, 2017

Winter Walk is an annual Hudson celebration that brings upwards of 20,000 people to town.  Hudson’s unique creative community and independent retailers lining Warren street transform the city into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun.

Winter Walk begins at 5pm outside Hudson Hall with the arrival of Santa, welcomed by the young Harmony Project Hudson choristers. Once settled inside, Santa’s elves will distribute a free, gift-wrapped book to every child who pays him a visit. Santa’s visit is proudly supported by Hudson’s Five Star Urgent Care.

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On stage at Hudson Hall, choreographer Adam H. Weinert presents Rip the Nut, a pantomime-style, Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle story and Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker suite. Professional dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry, Davon Rainey, JM Tate and Emma Sandall join Weinert and a talented young local cast for three enchanting performances filled with music, dance, comedy, slapstick, and that special, only-at-Winter-Walk charm.

winter walk 2017Back out on Warren Street, musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances, while roving performers delight crowds taking in the decorated storefronts or enjoying locally made food and drinks. Highlights include ice carver extraordinaire Bill Bywater (in front of Finch), guitarist Alex Turnquist (at 2Note Perfumery), vocalist Lady Moon (at Hudson Milliner and Swoon) and young harpist Malachi Cherubini (at Lilli and Loo). Family favorites King Hill Miniature Horses, Christine the Crazy Balloon Lady, Seano the Clown and Sax-o-Claus return this year, along with a host of new performers ready to enthrall Winter Walk crowds. A full list of performers will be updated at hudsonhall.org as they are confirmed.

Returning to the Below 3rd district is the traditional Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture by Ukrainian-born, Hudson-based artist Maryna Bilak. The colorful, brightly lit wooden structure stands eight feet tall with eight rays emanating from the center, an ancient symbol of balance, harmony and equilibrium.

Up at the 7th Street Park, free horse-drawn carriage rides will be available, and guests can wander through Santa’s Village of tiny homes featuring fun festive scenes and enchanting characters.

At eight o’clock, fireworks light up the sky from Promenade Hill, marking the official conclusion of Winter Walk and time for Santa to be on his way, but the merriment continues long into the night with many businesses open late for food, drink and entertainment.


Saturday, December 1, 2018: 5 – 8pm (Rain, Snow, or Shine)

Warren Street, City of Hudson, is the center of the activities but don’t forget to check out side streets and the Hudson Area Library, which are also involved in the celebration.

Visit HudsonHall.org

All photos in this post were taken by me during past Winter Walks. Follow me on Instagram to see live updates from this year’s Winter Walk.


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