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Downtown Hudson extends holiday greetings with 17th stroll

By Ed Karvoski Jr.,Contributing Writer

Owen McNulty, 7, pets a goat at the petting zoo in the Main Street Bank parking lot.

Hudson – On a chilly Dec. 7, several recently-opened businesses joined established mainstays to extend season’s greetings to residents and visitors with the 17th annual Hudson Downtown Holiday Stroll.

Vehicular traffic was closed on Main Street while businesses offered refreshments, discounts or activities such as cookie and ornament decorating, seasonal crafts, horse-drawn hayrides, and a live petting zoo with pony rides. Strollers also roasted marshmallows courtesy of Hudson Rotary Club.

Santa heard kids’ holiday wishes inside the Unitarian Church of Marlborough and Hudson before and after he led a tree lighting outside. Live musical entertainment featured the River’s Edge Chorale, and the a cappella groups REHarmonix, Hudson High Notes and Camerata.

The four-hour event is presented by Hudson Business Association with sponsorship from several businesses.

photos/Ed Karvoski Jr.

Rowan Connelly, 2, gets help creating a snowman ornament from a Hudson Garden Club member at Avidia Bank.
Manoj Padki directs REHarmonix a cappella caroling at the Vintage Café, one of their several stops during the stroll.
Lesley Wassmuth views birch bark garland at Beyond the Barn Boston.
Madison Hulbert, 4, displays a snowflake craft she created at Serendipity.
William and Katie Henderson roast marshmallows courtesy of the Hudson Rotary Club.
The Sullivan brothers – James, 2, and Henry, 5 – meet Santa Claus at the Unitarian Church.
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