Christmas gets officially underway in Hudson this Friday, when the annual Festival of Lights, the town’s time-honoured way of opening the holiday season, welcomes community choirs, a children’s choir and anyone who wants to come for the big moment when the massive pine trees at town hall are lit up for the first time at 7 p.m.
There will be Christmas carols first, of course, and hot chocolate and other goodies beginning at 6 p.m. in front of the town hall on Main Road.
Adding to the festivities will be horse-drawn wagon rides over to The Hudson Main Street Christmas Market, a special event organized by the Hudson Merchants Network at the Stephen F. Shaar Community Centre (394 Main Rd.). Local merchants, restaurateurs, artists and handicrafters will be displaying their wares Friday from 3 p.m. until 9 p.m.
Then on Nov. 24-25, the Hudson Annual Christmas Craft Fair will be held at the community centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day, with exhibitors featuring handmade crafts and Christmas goodies.
Of course, the big Christmas moment in Hudson will be when Santa himself returns to make an appearance in the annual Santa Claus Parade on Sunday, Dec. 2, at 1 p.m. The parade’s theme this year is “A Traditional Christmas.” There’s still time to enter a float (call Hudson Parks & Recreation at 450-458-6699 for more information).
Meanwhile, over at Greenwood House, volunteers are getting busy for their much-loved annual Christmas events. The 280-year-old heritage property always provides visitors with a wonderfully traditional way to experience Christmas.
On Dec. 2 and Dec. 9 people are invited to celebrate “Old Fashioned Christmas,” an afternoon of Christmas readings, music and homemade goodies in the beautifully atmospheric Greenwood House, 254 Main Rd. Their annual concert, Carols for a Midwinter Night, will be presented Wednesday, Dec. 12, at 7.30 p.m. at St. Mary’s Church, with concertgoers invited to a reception at the venerable heritage home either before or after the concert. (For more information or to reserve tickets for Old Fashioned Christmas or Carols for a Midwinter Night, call 450 458-5396).
Hudson will also celebrate Hanukkah on Tuesday, Dec. 11, when Rabbi Nachum Labkow-ski of the Chabad Jewish Community Centre of St-Lazare and Hudson lights the giant menorah in front of town hall at 7 p.m.