Hang on to your hat, your scarf and your gloves! The annual extravaganza known as Winter Walk sweeps into the City of Hudson at 5 pm on Saturday evening, December 3, ushering in the holiday season and celebrating winter itself.

Produced by the Hudson Opera House, the 15th annual Winter Walk transforms Hudson’s commercial district into a festive thoroughfare where both the traditional and the quirky mingle to create a celebration unlike any other. Acknowledged as one of the premier holiday events in the Hudson Valley, Winter Walk attracts visitors from near and far who join the residents of this small, energetic river town to revel in the delights of the evening.

Horse-drawn wagons will provide rides around Seventh Street Park and at Fourth and Warren Streets. And there will be plenty of action on the street, with Sax-o-Claus, a Tin Soldier on Stilts, the walking Gingerbread Boy, and Victorian Carolers all contributing to the mix. In the animal realm, live reindeer will once more be on display below 3rd Street, and this year (weather permitting) miniature horses are available for petting and admiring at 5th and Warren.

Finally, if children are in your party, four things should definitely be on your schedule—a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus who are giving out free gifts in City Hall; the Holiday Funhouse, where Tots the Clown makes balloon animals and face painting is taking place; Roger the Jester; and finally, a viewing of the fireworks launched at 8 pm from Promenade Hill at the foot of Warren Street.

All of Warren Street, from Front Street to 7th Street, will be closed to traffic and parking during Winter Walk. Only 7th Street and Front Street will be used for through traffic.

Between 5 pm and 8 pm, cars can use all entry points to the City, but must use Union Street or Columbia Street to head toward 7th Street or Front Street to cross town.

Cars can park in municipal lots on Warren, Union or Columbia Streets, and in other City- owned lots, including the public parking lot at the Consolidated Firehouse at 7th and Washington Streets and the waterfront parking lots at Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.

Free Trolleys will run in both directions on Columbia Street from 5 pm to 8:30 pm, and will make stops at the waterfront parking lots and the Consolidated Firehouse lot.

Winter Walk is produced and presented by the Hudson Opera House, a multi-arts center and major downtown anchor, housed in an 1855 building that was once City Hall.

For further information visit hudsonoperahouse.org/winterwalk.html or call 518-822-1438.

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