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Candlelight and critters

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Ellie Haase, right, admires Madison Yocom as she poses as Belle in the window of Grand Fete. The Helmer Dance Holly Dolls made appearances in several downtown business windows. Rebecca Mariscal / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 5
Lucy Anderson smiles for her photo with Santa during the Santa and His Critters event at River City Center on Saturday. Hundreds of tickets were sold to visit Santa during the day. 3 / 5
Isabella Sofie poses as part of the Holly Dolls live mannequins, done by Helmer Dance Studio, at the Candlelight Stroll in downtown Hudson on Friday, Dec. 1. 4 / 5
Blake and Aiden Schwartz give plenty of attention and pets to Selma, a visiting future sled dog at the Santa and His Critters event on Saturday, Dec. 2. The sled dogs were from Team Sisu. 5 / 5

Hudson welcomed the start of December with a weekend of winter celebration with the annual Candlelight Stroll through downtown on Friday, Dec. 1, and a visit from Santa and his critters on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The Candlelight Stroll featured the Helmer Dance Holly Dolls as live mannequins in the windows of participating downtown businesses. The next day, Santa Claus made his annual visit to River City Center, this year bringing a variety of animals with him including sled dogs, a camel, an owl and more.

Rebecca Mariscal

Rebecca Mariscal joined the Hudson Star Observer as a reporter in 2016. She graduated from the University of St. Thomas with a degree in communication and journalism. 

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