Light Up Night marks start of Christmas season in Hudson
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.
Santa’s official duty was to turn on the downtown Christmas lights with a wave of his staff.
He then waded into the crowd of wide-eyed children and parents -- asking the youngsters about their Christmas wishes and whether they had been good -- on his way to Kelley Frame & Fine Art Gallery for individual meetings.
The annual Light-Up Night on the Friday evening after Thanksgiving is the kick-off to the holiday shopping season in Hudson. It is sponsored by a Celebrate the Holidays Committee supported by some 50 local businesses.
The group’s second big event is the downtown Candlelight Stroll from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. this coming Friday night. On Saturday, from noon to 4 p.m., Santa and his reindeer will make their annual visit to Lakefront Park in downtown Hudson.