Hudson’s liveliest, largest, and most colorful event of the year, celebrating 21 years!
Winter Walk transforms Hudson’s mile-long main street into a holiday wonderland for one magical evening
Saturday, December 2 from 5 – 8pm, Hudson Hall’s annual holiday celebration comes of age with the 21st anniversary of Winter Walk, Hudson’s largest, liveliest and most colorful event of the year. For one magical evening, Hudson’s unique creative community and independent retailers lining the mile-long historic main street transform our city into a winter wonderland full of music, performance, food, holiday shopping, and family fun. Voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year,” in 2014, 2015 and 2016, Winter Walk attracts upwards of 20,000 visitors to the City to kick off the holiday season.
Although Hudson Hall coordinates the festival, it’s truly an event that comes together with the cooperation and support of the City of Hudson, our Grand Sponsor Taconic Biosciences and with generous support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, Harney and Sons Tea, Cafe Le Perche, Etsy, Kinderhook Bank, and so many of our local businesses on Warren Street and vicinity.
Winter Walk 2017 begins at 5pm outside Hudson Hall with Harmony Project Hudson choristers welcoming Santa Claus in his horse-drawn sleigh (*NEW* location), before helping him to settle into his new spot in Hudson Hall’s West Room to greet visitors and listen to children’s holiday wishes. Thanks to our generous publishing partners, Santa’s elves will distribute a free, gift-wrapped book to every child! While waiting to meet Santa, families can view SEE ME LIKE THIS, an exhibition of photographic portraits created by Valerie Shaff with the young women of Perfect 10 Hudson, on view in the Center Hall Gallery until January 21.
On stage at Hudson Hall, enjoy choreographer Adam Weinert’s RIP THE NUT, a raucous, Hudson Valley-inspired mash-up of the Rip Van Winkle story and The Nutcracker suite. Weinert is joined by dancers Logan Kruger, Brett Perry and Emma Sandall as time stands still, snowflakes wondrously dance, and a host of community partners organized by Elena Mosley of Operation Unite NY parade through time.
New to Winter Walk this year is the Where’s George the Gingerbread Man? scavenger hunt through the shops and galleries of Warren Street’s Below 3rd district, and a stunning traditional Ukrainian Winter Star sculpture/installation by Ukrainian-born, Hudson-based artist Maryna Bilak Haughton. The brightly lit and colorful star-shaped wooden structure will stand sixteen feet tall with eight rays emanating from the center, an ancient symbol of balance, harmony, and equilibrium.
Along the full length of Warren Street, visitors are regaled by the cast of roving performers, carolers, costumed characters and Zuumba flash mobbers. Musicians and dancers entertain holiday shoppers with in-store performances. Returning favorites include Sax-o-Claus, Crazy Christine the Balloon Queen, The Spinstress, Tots the Clown, Shook Gals, Holly Andy Ivy, the Orcapelicans (Bard College’s acapella sensations), miniature horses, carriage rides, and face-painting. Seano the Shakespearean Clown and the students of Montgomery C. Smith Middle School are set to tickle the chilly funny bones with a hilarious performance that is part poetry, puppetry, parade, and play – developed through an after-school workshop presented by Hudson Hall.
WAYS TO GET INVOLVED
Support a Performer
Hudson Hall brings a host of performers and attractions to enliven Warren Street from Worth Avenue to Front Street. If you want to host a performer in your space or on the street, click HERE.
For questions about SPONSORSHIP, please contact Rebecca Gee at firstname.lastname@example.org
Become a Volunteer
We’re looking for a team of generous volunteers to lend us their time to help wrap donated children’s books for Santa and his elves to give to local children. Our first wrapping party was a huge success – we wrapped all the books on site. We will have more books to wrap on Tuesday, November 28 from 4-6pm. To get involved, please email Caroline Lee, Development & Marketing Manager (email@example.com).
Are you handy with a needle and thread? Come help us get the costumes ready for Winter Walk. We’re pulling them out of storage, dusting them off, mending, and sprucing. All supplies and snacks provided! Bring your favorite thimble and some festive cheer on Wednesday, November 29 from 2-7pm.
We will need lots of help from our Friends the night of Winter Walk. Want to wear one of our amazing costumes during the festival? We also need a few good elves and ushers. To become one of our beloved Winter Walk volunteers, contact Rebecca Gee, Director of Fund Development (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Winter Walk: Then and Now Photos
Send us your photos of Winter Walks gone by, and we’ll use them in our social media, press and marketing efforts. Send photos electronically to email@example.com, and hard copies can be delivered to 327 Warren Street.
WINDOWS & DECORATING CONTEST
The Annual Window Decorating Contest.
It’s always impressive to see the time and effort that shop owners put into decorating their windows, and we’re inviting all shop and building owners to go all out. String lights, decorate shop and residential windows, illuminate your upper windows, help cover the parking meters and any other ways you can think of to brighten your block (and don’t forget to leave your lights on at night!).
Deadline for exterior window displays is 5pm on Friday, December 1.
This year, we invite homeowners along Warren Street to compete in The Best Decorated Home competition. String exterior lights on your home’s facade and foliage, decorate windows, and remember to illuminate your upper windows to light up Warren Street!
You can stay informed by following the Hudson Hall on social media (@HudsonHall1855).
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WinterWalkHudson on social media.
PARKING AND TRAFFIC
All of Warren Street, from Front Street to 8th Street, will be closed to traffic and parking during Winter Walk from 5-8pm. Only Worth/Prospect Avenue and Front Street will be used for north and south-bound traffic. Parking and traffic in all alleys will be restricted to emergency vehicles only. All other cars will be towed at the owner’s expense.
Trucks will be re-routed around the city for the evening. Cars can use all open entry points to the City, but Warren Street will be closed to all traffic from 5-8pm.
All City municipal parking lots will be available for parking. This includes lots on Warren, Union and Warren Streets, the John L. Edwards Elementary School, the Consolidated Firehouse at 7th and Washington, and the waterfront lots at the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. All County lots on Columbia and State Streets will also be available. Paid parking is available at the hospital’s parking garage at the top of Columbia Street and at the Amtrak long-term parking lot on Front Street, across from the station.
Please do not park in privately-owned lots without permission from the owner. We recommend that you dress warmly and arrive early to secure a parking spot.
Please Join Us in Thanking Our Supporters
Winter Walk wouldn’t be possible without the generous support of our many sponsors and supporters.
GRAND SPONSOR Taconic Biosciences
PARTNERS City of Hudson | Columbia Economic Development Corporation | Harney and Sons Tea
SPONSORS Cafe Le Perche | Etsy | Kinderhook Bank | W&B Golf Carts | Questar III
MEDIA SPONSORS 98.5 The Cat | WGXC
PATRONS Berkshire Bank | de Marchin | The Falls | FINCH | Fingar Insurance | Hudson Home | Lotus Energy | Stair Galleries | Stewart’s Shops
SUPORTERS 2 Note Botanical Perfumery | Ad Lib Antiques | Aetna | Albany Oral Maxillofacial Surgery Group | Carrie Haddad Gallery | The Cascades | Columbia County Chamber of Commerce | Columbia County Department of Tourism | Concepto Gallery | Cottage Treasures / Antiques Warehouse | CVS Pharmacies | Doyle Antiques | Foley & Cox Home | Halstead Real Estate | Hawkins NY | Herrington’s | House Rules Cafe, | Iron Horse Cigar Depot | J. Damiani Gallery | Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski & Hogan, CPAs | Kenneth Polinskie | La Maison Supreme | Lili and Loo | Lowe’s Home Improvement | Lumberyard Contemporary Performing Arts | Mane Street Hair Styles | Mutiny | Olde Hudson Market | Paper + Goods | Peter Jung Fine Art | Rural Residence | Steiner’s Sports | The Second Show | TK Home and Garden | Wagner Hodgson Landscape Architecture | Tradewinds | White Rice | Williams Lumber & Home Center | Vasilow’s Confectionary
SPECIAL THANKS to Peg Patterson | Maurice D. Haughton & Maryna Bilak-Haughton | Ellen Thurston | Mark Orton | Drop Forge & Tool | Alison Fox | Congregation Anshe Emeth | Etsy | Elena Mosley and Operation Unite NY | Basilica Hudson | Hudson Business Coalition | Hudson City Police Department | Hudson Department of Public Works | Hudson Fire Department | Hudson Youth Center (HYC) and HYC volunteers | Johnny’s Ideal Printing