Hudson’s liveliest, largest, and most colorful event of the year, celebrating 21 years!
Twice voted “Best Community Winter Event of the Year,” Winter Walk transforms Hudson’s mile-long main street into a holiday wonderland for one magical evening.
A cherished Hudson tradition, Winter Walk will light up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, Mr. & Mrs. Clause with their live reindeer friends, and a magical firework display from the Hudson River. In its 21st year, the 2017 Winter Walk is the perfect way to celebrate and support the creative economy re-energizing Hudson. So layer up and join our radiant community for a night of warm hearts and festive cheer!
Are you a local food vendor, performer or eager volunteer? Hudson Hall would love to hear from you! Drop us a line at firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest in joining the team for the 21st Anniversary edition of Winter Walk, Hudson’s most popular community event of the festive season.
Some of the 2016 highlights include:
Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT makes its Hudson debut to celebrate the 20th Anniversary.
December 3, 2016, 5–8 pm | Rain, Snow, or Shine!
- 5pm— Santa Parade kicks off the festivities from the Hudson Hall
- 5pm— Phil Kline’s UNSILENT NIGHT steps off from the foot of Warren Street at Front Street
- 5:35pm— UNSILENT NIGHT culminates at the 7th Street Park
- 8pm— Fireworks at Promenade Hill
It’s with great pleasure that the Hudson Hall presents the 20th annual Winter Walk on Saturday, December 3, from 5-8pm. For one magical evening, thousands of area locals and visitors from throughout the region flock to our city to enjoy free, family-friendly festivities including a musical parade, live reindeer, a fireworks show, and hundreds of performers throughout town, including carolers, fire-throwing jugglers, and one saxophone-playing Santa Claus.
A beloved community event, Winter Walk begins at 5pm with Mr. & Mrs. Santa Claus leading the Santa parade from the Hudson Hall to City Hall, as well the Hudson-debut of Phil Kline’s long-running holiday parade and musical extravaganza UNSILENT NIGHT, stepping off from Front and Warren Streets. Winter Walk concludes at 8pm with a mesmerizing firework display at Promenade Hill. Upwards of 20,000 people, young and old, will be in attendance to celebrate this year’s Winter Walk.
Don’t forget to use the hashtag #WinterWalkHudson on social media.
Download and Print Your Own Winter Walk 2016 Map and Listings (PDF)
NEW FOR 2016
Music – Phil Kline’s Unsilent Night takes visitors from the waterfront to the top of Warren Street
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of Winter Walk, the Hudson Hall is very proud to present the Hudson-debut of Unsilent Night, a magical community musical parade composed by Phil Kline. Participants walk together as Kline’s original four-part composition plays from their personal devices, creating a unique and luminous soundscape (“one of the loveliest communal new-music experiences you’ll ever encounter” – Time Out). Kline himself will conduct the December 3rd event, meeting revelers at Basilica Hudson for a 4pm prep. Participants will be assigned their parts to play through their own portable sound system before proceeding to Front and Warren Street for the 5pm step off. The parade leads us to the 7th Street Park for its crescendo, and will be broadcast live on Wave Farm’s WGXC 90.7FM and streamed online at wgxc.org
Special 20th-Anniversary Promotion – Dining and Shopping Specials with the Hudson Business Coalition
To fortify visitors for some serious shopping and to alleviate the evening dinner rush, many Hudson restaurants and food establishments are offering a twenty-dollar, 20th-anniversary specials beginning at noon the day of Winter Walk. Likewise, shops are invited to feature $20 gifts or other in-store activities. The Hudson Hall, together with HBC, will be coordinating and promoting this effort— look to the Hudson Hall website and on social media in the weeks leading up to Winter Walk for more details!
Etsy Craft Party + Hudson River Exchange Winter Market
Discover locally made gifts and make your own Winter Walk Craft Party hat to wear in the parade! Etsy and Hudson River Exchange are delighted to collaboratively bring creativity and crafting to Winter Walk! Etsy’s Craft Party is the company’s way of simultaneously celebrating the spirit of making and connecting with the local community. Join them and get crafty by making your very own Winter Walk Craft! They’ll supply the paper, glitter, googly eyes, pipe cleaners and ribbons; you bring the creativity. Free of charge and open to all ages.
The Hudson River Exchange Winter Market is a celebration of small businesses and features one-of-a-kind gifts curated by Hudson River Exchange showcasing 15 local makers + collectors. Hudson River Exchange creates vibrant marketplaces to provide the community a place to connect with their talented friends and neighbors making high quality handcrafted goods and collecting unique finds.
Both the Etsy Craft Party and Hudson River Exchange Winter Market will be located at the Etsy offices at Prison Alley at N 4th St., and will be open to the public from 12pm-8pm.
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
SPONSORS Columbia Memorial Health | Etsy | Fingar Insurance | Hudson River Bank and Trust | Questar III
PATRONS Aetna | Ca’ Mea Restaurant and Inn | Berkshire Bank | Columbia County Chamber of Commerce | FINCH | Hudson Home | Kinderhook Bank | Lotus Energy | Lumberyard | Metzwood Insurance | Price Chopper | Red Dot | Richmor Aviation | Stewart’s Shops
SUPPORTERS 2Note Perfumery | 510 Warren St. Gallery | Ad Lib Antiques | BCB Art Gallery | Carol Rusoff | The Cascades | Cold Spring Tree Farm | Cottage Treasures/Antiques Warehouse | Dell’s Plumbing and Heating | De Marchin | Family Eye Care Center | Flowerkraut | Foley & Cox Home | Furniture Plus | Group Health Solutions/Rob Bujan | Hudson Valley Ophthalmology | Iron Horse Cigar Depot | Jim Wach Salon | Karp, Ackerman, Skabowski & Hogan, P.C. | Kay’s Tax Service | Kenneth Polinskie | John Friedman and Mitchell Motsinger | Lili and Loo | Mane Street Hair Styles | Marilyn Marinaccio, Inc. | MUTINY | Nevin’s Insurance Agency | Paper + Goods | Rural Residence | The Second Show | September Gallery | Shaker Bar | Shana Lee Gallery | Steiner’s Sports | Tim Doyle Antiques | TK Home and Garden | Tommy’s Luxury Spa | Valley Variety | Vasilow’s Confectioners | Williams Lumber | Won Dharma Center
98.5 THE CAT | The Columbia Paper | Southern Berkshire Shopper’s Guide | The Times Union | WGXC
Special thanks to Aleba Gartner, Basilica Hudson, Chris Cordrey, CVS Pharmacy, Dan Kalbfliesh, David Szlasa, Ellen Thurston, Elena Mosley and Operation Unite NY, Eric Gregory, Holly Hedgepeth, Hudson Business Coalition, Hudson Department of Public Works, Hudson City Police Department, Hudson Fire Department, Hudson Department of Youth, Jamie and Sophie Cashen, Lew Saperstein and Saperstein’s Department Store, Madeline Hedgepeth, Michael Conti, Miller Printing, Nicky Genito, Phil Kline, R.B. Schlather, Santa’s Elves: Cindy Tracey, Gracey Tracey, Logan & Kaitlin Fink, and Colin, Ally & Olivia MacGiffert, Tim Zagat, Tyrone Hedgepeth, WB Golf Carts
Thank you to all the volunteers who wrapped gifts, mended costumes, dressed in costume, helped to manage the lines, and the hundred-and-one other activities that make Winter Walk so magical!