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Friday is 'Light Up Night' in Hudson

If it is the Friday night after Thanksgiving, then it must be Light-Up Night in Hudson, the official kick-off of the holiday season.

Santa and some of his elves are scheduled to arrive in downtown Hudson around 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 28.

The event is courtesy of the Celebrate the Holidays Committee made up of some 50 local businesses.

In addition to Santa’s arrival and the official holiday lighting, the evening will include music, refreshments and special events for children and shoppers.

The committee also sponsors two other popular holiday events in Hudson. The Candlelight Stroll on Dec. 5 is geared for a more adult audience. Downtown streets will be lined with luminary candles and tasty treats will be available in shops and restaurants. Shoppers will find a variety of events staged at participating businesses. The event runs 6-9 p.m.

Santa and his reindeer have made Hudson a stop on their pre-Christmas Eve tour for years now. In a little departure from the past, children and their families can meet Santa this year inside River City Center at Second and Buckeye streets from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 6. His reindeer will be waiting outside. Parents are encouraged to bring their cameras.

And look for Santa downtown again in his Hudson home at Kelley Frame and Fine Art Gallery, 512 Second St., from 1-5 p.m. Dec. 7, Dec. 13-14 and Dec. 20-21.Santa’s visit is sponsored by Kelley’s.