Saturday, December 1
Hudson, NY, a city fond of its festivals and parades, ushers in the 2012 holiday season with Winter Walk, the capstone festival of them all, this Saturday from 5 to 8 pm. Organized by the Hudson Opera House with the cooperation of Hudson’s retail businesses, this premier Hudson Valley event is now in its 16th year and draws thousands to Hudson’s historic main street.
The crowd is estimated at well beyond 10,000 by those who know how to gauge such things. The mile-long party stretches from Front Street to Eighth Street, and at Park Place it branches out to Columbia Street, and also takes in parts of Third, Fourth, and Fifth Streets.
In many ways Winter Walk is a celebration of Hudson itself. There is plenty to celebrate this year, as 32 businesses new to the Hudson business district have taken up residence on Warren Street or close to it, since last year’s Winter Walk.
There is a lot for kids to see and do, from the Sternfeld Dance School’s live Dancing Doll, to the headliners Sax-O-Claus, Roger the Jester, and Tots the Clown. Be on the lookout for the talking Grandfather Clock as it stands against the wall of the Opera House, Frosty the Snowman lumbering down the middle of the street, or the flurry of girl-sized snowflakes passing by. Both live reindeer and mini horses are on hand for admiring and petting. Santa Claus and his Missus hold court in City Hall.
A big attraction for adults is the Eggnog Challenge staged by the BeLo3rd organization, where you get to taste ten different eggnogs and vote on your favorite. Find roasting chestnuts at The Italian Deli on the corner of Park Place and Columbia, and tasty seasonal snacks outside Zak Pelaccio’s soon-to-open restaurant on Third Street south of Warren.
There will be plenty of music and dance and other random acts of merriment on the street. The evening is topped off with fireworks at 8 pm. A schedule and mapwill be published in The Columbia Paper, and in a special supplement in the Friday edition of The Register-Star, or go towww.hudsonoperahouse.org.
To find out what else is happening in Columbia County, visit www.columbiacountytourism.org