Cold weather doesn't stop the Candlelight Stroll
The temperature was near zero, but that didn’t ruin Friday night’s Candlelight Stroll in downtown Hudson, according to Susie Halverson, co-chair of the event.
“It was chilly out, but we thought it was a great success,” Halverson said. “Every shop we visited was busy. All the restaurants were busy. The carolers, the bell choirs and the orchestra are such a nice touch to have downtown. It really adds to the holiday spirit that we already have in our downtown.”
The sidewalks were lined with luminary candles for the annual event to encourage downtown holiday shopping and dining.
The Hudson High School Swing Choir and St. Patrick School ShamROCKS sang Christmas carols in the shops and on the sidewalks. Members of the high school orchestra and church bell choirs entertained at The Phipps Center for the Arts.
Many of the festively decorated shops offered treats, and there were free horse-drawn carriage rides for those willing to brave the cold.
The Candlelight Stroll is put on by Celebrate the Holidays in Hudson, a partnership of 35 downtown businesses. Another 30 Hudson businesses support the event financially.
Halverson is the director of restaurant operations at San Pedro Café. Her co-chair was Marnie Marie of Marnie Marie Photography.