Though many travelers may be interested in Hudson for its contribution to the world as a major destination for fall foliage tourists, we believe that tourists that leave before the first snows are missing one of the most spectacular winter landscapes in the country.
Hearkening back to the early days of European settlement, when Hudson was known as Claverack Landing, the winter season was always filled with ice skating and ice fishing on the Hudson River. The river used to freeze over so thoroughly that each winter, the ice cutting industry thrived along its banks to feed the insatiable need for ice in New York City and elsewhere.
For modern Hudsonians, the Hudson Renaissance has capitalized on the value of what was always so magical about the town, and they have expressed that in a variety of different ways that are sure to enchant and warm visitors.
Here are 6 of our top choices for things to do in Hudson this December 2014:
Winter Songwriters Round Tour
Club Helsinki – 405 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
December 4th – 31st
Starting off the winter cultural season with a bang this year is the aforementioned Winter Songwriters Round Tour, a collaboration of 4 up and coming musicians on the club Helsinki Stage. The warm atmosphere, well stocked bar and gourmet restaurant in the back are sure to fill your night with enough sounds and songs to help drown out what winter storm may be blowing past the windows outside. Click here for details >
The Hudson Winter Walk
All along Warren Street, Hudson, NY
December 8th, 5-8pm
Take a walk down the storied and beautiful Warren Street of Hudson on December 8th and join in activities and performances hosted by shops and on the street. Santa Claus will ride along with the walk, and at 8pm, stroll down to the Warren promenade at the foot of Warren street to watch a fireworks display.
Jingle Jangle: A Winter Celebration
Olana State Historic Site – Hudson, NY
December 13th 1-5pm
Take a walk back into the 19th century at Olana on Saturday December 13th. Ice sculptors, carolers, and many more will be present to recreate activities and settings that would have been typical for 19th century revelers of the Holiday season. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, the lake will be open for ice skating if weather permits, and a tree lighting ceremony will take place at 4:30pm. Click here for details >
Reading and Book Signing with Carl Devito, author of Inventing Scrooge
Spotty Dog – 440 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
At Hudson’s flagship bookstore, and popular watering hole for locals, enoy winter themed evening behind frosted window panes in the warm seting of this lovely establishment. Author Carl Devito will take us through his book, and drinks will of course be served. Click here for details >
The Nutcracker, Performed by the Bolshoi Ballet Live in HD
Time & Space Limited, 434 Columbia Street, Hudson, NY
Sunday, Dec 21st at 12:55 pm – 3:15 pm
Enjoy the music of Tchaikovsky in the performance of the iconic ballet: The Nutrcracker. The Nutrcacker will be broadcast live to ticket holders at the TSL auditorium. Performed by the Moscow-based, internationally renowned ballet company: Bolshoi Ballet, this rendition is sure to amaze. Click here for details >
A Christmas Carol
Walking the Dog Theater – Solaris, 360 Warren Street, Hudson, NY
Sunday, December 21st – 28th, 8pm
The classic tale of Christmas by social critic and iconic author Charles Dickens is back on the stage at the Solaris this December after a warm reception by attendees in previous years. Hudson, a city with its own ghosts of Christmas past is a great setting for this story of redemption. Click here for details >
Hudson offers a beautiful an unforgettable holiday season for all who might choose to enjoy their time here. Step into a world where the delights of a bygone era are triumphed, where the most cutting edge urban societies have been transplanted, and where the local cuisine and scenery promises to make your December days interesting and relaxing.