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Cold weather doesn't stop the Candlelight Stroll

Members of the Hudson High School Swing Choir carol their way down a Second Street sidewalk. (Hudson Star-Observer photos by Randy Hanson)1 / 9
One of the carriages from Shane and Patti Jorgenson’s Lost Creek Ranch at Cameron makes its way up Second Street. 2 / 9
Members of the St. Patrick School ShamROCKS entertain the shoppers at Seasons on St. Croix Gallery. From left are Isaac Young, Dmitri Roth, Tait Saterbak, Veronica Kolb, Katy Shimp, Jacob Weber, Cole Peters, Harly Lentz and Mari Simmons.3 / 9
A pedestrian makes her way up Locust Street, past luminary candles and brightly lit shops decorated for the Christmas season.4 / 9
Members of the Hudson High School Orchestra give a concert in the lobby of The Phipps Center for the Arts. Clockwise from left are Erika Guenther, Kensie Kiesow, Bridget Huepfel, Matt Zindler, Jeremiah Tank, Conductor Jack Young, Katie Musselman, Sydney Kopp, Jack Henry Leines, Ashley Lardy, Jessica Schutz, Emily Schlepp, Kate Malanaphy and Megs Frye.5 / 9
Shoppers enjoy a visit to the festively decorated Et Cetera gifts and home accessories shop at 507 Second St., owned by Kathy Newman.6 / 9
Ben Tressett and McKenna Selissen entertain shoppers from a display window serving as a stage at Rue Marche women’s fashion shop, located at 513 Second St.7 / 9
Members of the Hudson High School Swing Choir sing a Christmas carol inside the Lavender Thymes shop at 512 Second St.8 / 9
Katie Musselman and brothers Alex and Christopher VanSomeren, from left, play their violins in the Second Street Crossing building. Tyler Werner was the fourth member of the quartet. 9 / 9

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.

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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