HUDSON – Recently-opened businesses joined established mainstays on Dec. 4 when the Downtown Hudson Holiday Stroll returned for its 18th year.
Main Street’s vehicular traffic was closed from High Street to the rotary to make way for horse-drawn hayrides alongside throngs of residents and visitors.
Businesses offered activities, refreshments, live entertainment, discounts and giveaways. Among the activities were ornament decorating, seasonal crafts and a live petting zoo. Attendees of the stroll also roasted marshmallows courtesy of the Hudson Rotary Club.
The stroll was downsized last year due to pandemic restrictions, with Santa Claus (aka Galen “Red” Isaacs of Hudson) waving to passersby from outside the Town Hall.
This year, Santa posed with kids for socially-distanced photos before and after his tree lighting.
Santa also announced Joe Brennian as the winner of $1,317.50 in a 50/50 raffle to benefit the Hudson Cultural Alliance’s Armory Project. The nonprofit is spearheading the purchase and repurposing of the downtown armory into a community arts center.
The stroll is organized each year by the Hudson Business Association and the Hudson Downtown Business Improvement District. This year’s major event sponsors were Avidia Bank and Main Street Bank.