The sound of Christmas carols will ring out as you taste holiday treats. You’ll sip award-winning wines and collect Christmas ornaments. You can check off your list as you shop holiday markets before taking in The Nutcracker with your favorite person … This is what you can expect when you head to the Hudson Valley in December. We thought you’d enjoy this guide to Hudson Holiday festivities.
Sunday, December 1
Basilica’s FARM + Flea
Celebrate small businesses and find the perfect Christmas gift for your special someone. This is a quality marketplace with tons of regional makers, farmers and vintage collectors. There will be shopping, music, workshops and delicious foods to satisfy any appetite. Head to Basilica’s FARM + Flea to kick off your Hudson Holiday festivities.
Saturday, December 7
The Hudson Holiday season truly gets underway during Winter Walk. In its 17th year, this Hudson Opera House event is one you don’t want to miss. Hudson’s mile-long commercial district, also known as Warren Street, will transform into a winter wonderland. There will be twinkling lights, stilt walkers, African drummers, carolers, hula hoopers, live reindeer, horse-drawn wagons, and of course brightly decorated shops. Dance to the tunes of live music and taste delicious food from the many vendors. It all culminates in a fireworks display at 8:25 p.m. Restaurants and businesses will stay open late.
Saturday, December 7
Omi Candlelight Concert
Celebrate the holiday season with a Candlelight Concert and Reception. Be entertained by acclaimed musicians and Music Omi Alums, vocalist Fay Victor and guitarist Anders Nilsson. They make up The ExPosed Duo. The concert starts at 6:30 p.m. and will be held in Omi’s Visitors Center. It’s located at 1405 County Route 22 in Ghent, New York. Hudson-Chatham Winery will provide sparking wine for a reception that follows.
Sunday, December 8
Colonial Nutcracker at Paramount Hudson Valley
Nothing says the holidays like the Nutcracker! This production is a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. It comes with a red-coated mouse army and of course, an enchanted Nutcracker prince!
Saturday, December 14
Wreath Fineries at the Wineries
This holiday tradition is a festive way to get in the holiday spirt and create great memories. Simply choose a winery as your starting point, go there and check in with your ID and event ticket. You’ll receive a grapevine wreath, an ornament from the starting winery and one from the wine trail. You’ll also receive a souvenir glass to use to sample the handcrafted wines of the Hudson Valley. When you purchase a ticket, you’ll receive a wine sample and tapas tasting of a holiday treat at each of the 14 wineries. But that’s not all. You will be given an ornament from each one you visit along the trail.
After participating in these Hudson Holiday festivities, return to your room at Mount Merino Manor for the ultimate bed and breakfast experience. Enjoy the comforts of Mount Merino Manor in a private country setting. Our Inn is home to seven spacious guest rooms and suites with views that will take your breath away. Click here to find your perfect room.
Photo courtesy of: Omi