Winter Walk returns to its beloved street festival format to celebrate 25 years as Hudson’s favorite winter celebration!
On Saturday, December 4 from 5 – 8pm, Winter Walk lights up the early December night once more with stunning storefront displays, roaming carolers, street performers, food, drinks, and a magical fireworks display from the Hudson River.
Hudson Hall first produced Winter Walk in 1997 to help bring foot traffic back to Warren Street after a long period of decline. Today, Winter Walk encompasses the entire mile-long stretch of Hudson’s main street, rings Seventh Street Park, spills over to the side streets, and now extends down to Front Street and the waterfront. Learn more about Winter Walk’s origins here, courtesy of Ellen Thurston.
Winter Walk 2021 focuses on outdoor attractions that can be safely enjoyed by people of all ages and abilities. The lineup of street performers and attractions include:
Aly’s Ponies & Barnyard Friends, Arcadia Rae, Beautiful Racket, Canaan Chorale, Circus Theatricks with Seano, Crazy Christine Balloons, Diata Diata Drumming, Harmony Project Hudson, Hi-Beam, Holly Andy Ivy, Hudson City School District Band Program, Hudson Festival Orchestra Holiday Sing, Hudson High Marching Band, Ice Yacht: The Vixen, Key of Q, Krampus, Living Large Draft Horse & Carriage Rides, Orcapelicans, Roger the Jester, Sax O’Claus, Sean The Prankster Magician, St. Julian’s Jugglers…and more!
Come by City Hall (520 Warren Street) to meet Santa Claus! The jolly little elf will be on hand for one-on-one, socially-distanced consultations with the little ones. Whether they’ve been naughty or nice, Santa presents each child with a FREE age-specific book to help make their Christmas dreams come true.
Click HERE to access the Winter Walk Map!
Click HERE to access the list of Winter Walk attractions!
RIP THE NUT
Rip the Nut – a raucous mashup of the Rip Van Winkle story and The Nutcracker Suite conceived by Adam Weinert – returns for the 25th Anniversary of Winter Walk. Weinert has reimagined the event this year to be experienced outdoors, with dancers performing in shop windows along the mile-long stretch of Hudson’s historic main street. The following dancers will be featured in this year’s Rip the Nut:
RIP THE NUT is made possible with funds from the Restart NY Regrants, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature and administered in Columbia County by CREATE Council on the Arts.
Hudson Hall is pleased to announce the winners of the Winter Walk 25th Anniversary Artist Grant Program. Celebrating the perseverance of Hudson’s creative community, the $15,000 in grant funds give artists financial support to help create work that will be featured at Winter Walk:
- Adam H. Weinert is a choreographer, researcher and gardener based in Hudson. For Winter Walk 2021, Weinert will curate a series of dancers to appear in Warren Street shop windows, harking back to the first Winter Walk a quarter century ago.
- Artschatz, an artist team who produce large-scale public sculptures, video screenings, art spaces and performances, will create an elaborate light installation in a space on Warren Street.
- Beautiful Racket, a group who offer music programming that encourages self-expression and empowerment, will perform a selection of Christmas Carols from 7th & Warren to 3rd & Warren (with a special surprise ending).
- Inspired by a deep love and appreciation for life and sharing essential rhythms of celebration, Diata Diata International Folkloric Theater will offer their renowned percussion ensemble for animation of passersby throughout the 25th Anniversary of Winter Walk.
- DJ Ronnie Rave, who creates rave-like experiences with lights, sounds and great dance music, will turn a corner of Winter Walk into a family-friendly dance party for all ages.
- Artist, musician and composer Dmitry Wild will collaborate with Ryder Cooley of Dust Bowl Fairies (accordion / saw) and Peter Breed (keyboards) to perform musical theater piece God, Ghost and a Ship.
- Flow Chart Foundation, who’s work explores poetry and the interrelationships of various art forms as guided by the legacy of American poet John Ashbery, will collaborate with Oral History Summer School to present a three-part project featuring teen poetry works in the form of visually arresting “blackout poems” created by young people engaging with Hudson oral histories.
- Local dancers Francesca Avani and Yvonne Michelle present a fusion belly dance set that will simultaneously tell you a story and leave you wanting to get up and shimmy!
- Hudson Festival Orchestra is a Hudson-based orchestra led by local veteran conductor and artistic director, Gwen Gould. They will lead a festive “Holiday Sing” at the Park Theater (723 Warren Street) featuring Hudson Festival Players with local students and Winter-walkers singing Christmas and Hanukkah songs, ending with the Hallelujah Chorus.
- The Hudson Sloop Club is dedicated to bringing the Hudson River back into the daily lives of our community. At this year’s Winter Walk, the Sloop Club will offer a space to learn and celebrate the vibrant winter ecology of the Hudson River. With fish tanks, microscopes, monitors and drawings, visitors to their new mobile ecology center can explore the plants and animals who survive and thrive in our beautiful river all winter long.
- Jef “Wolfy” Scharf is a designer, drawer, installation artist, musician, master screen printer is creating a new kind of holiday shop – where all the gifts will be free and created using found objects and repurposed materials.
- Jonah Bokaer Choreography (JBC), whose work merges dance with visual art and design, collaborates with performing artist, poet, and freelance writer Hala Shah (Egypt/USA), dance artist, writer, and creator Nadia
- Khayrallah (Lebanon/USA) and fashion designer Yeohlee Teng to present JBC repertory “About An Arabesque” in the window of Kasuri (1 Warren Street). The silent choreography will be accompanied by two video art portraits of the dancers with the same title.
- Leslie Gerchick & Nathaniel Doyno will bring life-size puppet/paintings of Walt Whitman and Edgar Allan Poe to perform “Cold Readings on the Hudson: puppets and poetry with Walt, Edgar and Lou”.
- Magician, mentalist, and street performer Michael Udwary will bring the Alpine Christmas tradition of Krampus – the horned figure in Alpine folklore – to Winter Walk.
- MMS is a sound artist, composer and musician who employs field recordings, tape loops, prepared guitar, and musique concrete techniques. For Winter Walk, MMS will create a conceptual musical interpretation of the Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Market). Utilizing samples recorded in Germany, this durational musical composition blends the familiar sounds of the season (vintage holiday music, crackling fire, wind, etc) with live effects to create a cacophony of wintry cheer.
- Experimental jazz group Microfauna will premier two original compositions written by emerging Hudson Valley-based composers, Adriana Tampasis and Alden Slack. Each composition is closely inspired by Hudson and the importance of Winter Walk to the local communities.
- Operation Unite’s Kuumba Dance & Drum will heat up Winter Walk once again with their colorful African dance and drum ensemble.
- Surprise window and performance activations by R.B. Schlather.
- Roz’s Danceworks brings 50 Years of Holiday Cheer to Winter Walk with a special holiday-themed preview of their 50th anniversary annual show, scheduled to take place in June 2022.
- Sondra Loring, choreographic artist and Joro Boro, sound artist, partner with FACE/Stockholm to present Inner Landscape – a view into intentional sound and movement based on interoception, the brain’s process of integrating signals relayed from the body into specific subregions.
GET INVOLVED IN WINTER WALK 2021!
Whether it’s donning a costume to animate the street on December 4 or aligning your brand with Hudson’s largest and most beloved community event by becoming an official sponsor, help make the 25th Anniversary of Winter Walk the most successful yet.
Click below to connect with us and learn more about our volunteer and sponsorship opportunities.
Hudson Hall thanks our 2021 Winter Walk Sponsors
25th Anniversary Sponsor
Hudson Hall’s programming is made possible by New York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Kathy Hochul and the New York Legislature.
Mark and Deborah D’Arcy
Special thanks to Adam H. Weinert and the Waterfront Wednesdays crew, Perfect Ten, Olde Hudson, The Maker, Victoria Rowan, Rich Volo, Deborah D’Arcy, JD Urban, Hillary France, Hudson Youth Department, Mane Street Hairstyles, WB GolfCarts, Sarah Lipsky & Timothy Doyle, Flowerkraut, Tradewinds, Isaan Thai Star, Manifest Boutique, The Second Show, Bob Michel & Jean Warshaw, Frank & Maria Hadley, and to the many local businesses and community members whose support and participation has made Winter Walk Hudson’s biggest, brightest and most festive event of the year!
Thanks also to Myron Polenberg for the Winter Walk 25th Anniversary poster design.