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Santa Clause gives a youngster a high-five greeting upon his arrival in downtown Hudson on Friday night, Nov. 29. (Hudson Star-Observer photo by Randy Hanson)

Light Up Night marks start of Christmas season in Hudson

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A temperature in the teens didn’t keep several hundred children and parents from greeting Santa Claus when he arrived in downtown Hudson last Friday night.


In a departure from past years, Santa came to town on the Hudson Fire Department’s classic 1934 engine.

A horse-drawn sleigh was used to carry him down Second Street in former years. Organizers of the Light-Up Night worried about the horse becoming nervous and bolting when surrounded by the crowd of children and parents.

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Randy Hanson
Randy Hanson has reported for the Star-Observer since 1997. He came to Hudson after 11 years with the Inter-County Leader at Frederic, and eight years of teaching social studies. He’s a graduate of UW-Eau Claire.
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