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Have A Hudson Holiday

We invite you to enjoy our holiday lights, festive decorations, winter activities, unique shops, and award-winning restaurants this holiday season. Want a quick snap shot of our holiday events? Download our flyer now!

Light Up Your Holiday


Light Up Hudson

November 25, 7:00 p.m.
Kick off your holiday this year in charming historic Hudson, Wisconsin. Light Up Hudson is a local favorite for both the beauty and the magic.

During this event Santa is escorted to Lakefront Park. With a wave of his wand, he illuminates the thousands of twinkling lights in the lavish holiday display along the St. Croix River. It promises to be a magical evening for everyone, no matter what age you happen to be!

Photo © Bucklew Photography.


Candlelight Stroll

December 2, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Wagon rides through Lakefront Park aglow with luminary candles set the mood for this holiday event. Festively decorated shops and bistros greet you with the sights and sounds of the season. Tasty treats tempt your senses while restaurants showcase the best of holiday dining.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors of this event: American Family Insurance- Tammy Belisle Agency, Hudson Home and Garden Club, Hudson Physicians, S.C., Kwik Trip, Inc., and SF Insurance Group.


Buena Vista: A Stroll in the Park

November 25 - February 10

Buena Vista is back this year! Be a part of the magic that makes thousands of lights in Lakefront Park along the St. Croix River light up!

Explore these twinkling lights that dot the shoreline of the frozen St. Croix River all winter long. Bundle up the family, grab some hot cocoa, and head down to Lakefront Park!

Even More to Explore!

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Find Santa

November 5 – December 6
Pick up a FREE Passport and search for photos of Santa hidden throughout our bistros and shops. Drop off your completed passport at Angel’s Pet World by December 6 no later than 4:00 p.m. for a chance to win prizes. Participating businesses & Passport pick up locations:

  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau, 219 Second Street
  • All Star Mobility, 1401 Gateway Circle
  • Angel’s Pet World, 105 Second Street
  • Art Doyle’s Spokes and Pedals, 607 Second Street
  • Beloved Makers and Co, 212 Locust Street
  • Chapter2Books, 226 Locust Street
  • Droplets of Wellness, 226 Locust Street, Suite 2
  • et cetera, 502 Second Street
  • First State Bank and Trust, 680 Annabelle Way
  • Grand Fête, 512 Second Street
  • Hudson Valley Dental, 709 Rodeo Drive, Suite 114
  • Hudson Flower Shop, 222 Locust Street
  • Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts, 220 Locust Street
  • kudos, 809 Dominion Drive
  • La Rue Marché, 513 Second Street
  • Post american eatery, 225 Locust Street
  • SEASONS Gallery, 401 Second Street
  • St. Croix Kidds , Pediatric Dentistry, 400 Second Street S, Suite 250
  • The 715, 524 Second St
  • The Bees Knees, 507 Second Street
  • The Purple Tree, 516 Second Street
  • The SubHouse , 407 Second Street
  • Urban Olive & Vine, 520 Second Street
  • Wolfy’s Butcher Shop & Deli, 210 Locust Street

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors of this event: Angel's Pet World and Keys Café & Bakery.


Santa & His Critters

December 3, 12:00-3:00 p.m.
Santa will visit with children in Lakefront Park. Children bring your lists, parents bring your cameras. Sweet treats, sled dogs, a petting zoo plus many other activities. Visit the downtown shops and restaurants for specials.

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors for this event: Croix Gear & Machining, Fleet Farm, Nicolet Law Office S.C., St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry, Smiles in Motion, Pediatric Dentistry, Valley Companies, and WESTconsin Credit Union.

Visit with Santa

December 11, 12:00-3:00 p.m.

Bring your list to visit with Santa at Thorcraft Custom Kitchens located at 512 2nd Street in the 2nd Street Crossing building.  Bring your camera for photos with Santa.   


Shop Small & Support Local

Small Business Saturday, November 26
Shop, Eat and Sip locally on Small Business Saturday! Keep it local because your dollars support the community, local businesses create local jobs, invest in your community, support the environment and keep Hudson unique!

Thank You to Our Platinum Sponsor

Make it a Wisconsin Weekend this Holiday Season

Check out some fantastic places to stay when you come to visit Hudson. We have options for all budgets, hotels with pools and even some pet-friendly places so the whole family can come visit!

Thank You to Our Have A Hudson Holiday Sponsors

These events are made possible by the generous donations from area businesses and organizations


  • Edward Jones Investments


  • Gagnon, Inc.

Gold | Find Santa

  • Angel’s Pet World
  • Keys Café & Bakery

Gold | Candlelight Stroll

  • American Family Insurance- Tammy Belisle Agency
  • Hudson Home and Garden Club
  • Hudson Physicians, S.C.
  • Kwik Trip, Inc.
  • SF Insurance Group

Gold | Santa and his Critters

  • Croix Gear & Machining
  • Fleet Farm
  • Nicolet Law Office S.C.
  • St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry
  • Smiles in Motion, Pediatric Dentistry
  • Valley Companies
  • WESTconsin Credit Union


  • Bee Healthy Chiropractic
  • CBD Hudson
  • Chapter2Books/Backroom Vintage
  • Ellner’s Valley View Window Treatments, LLC
  • First State Bank and Trust
  • Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton
  • Holiday Inn Express & Suites
  • Hudson Flower Shop
  • Hudson Hot Air Affair, Inc.
  • kudos
  • La Rue Marche'
  • Nelson & Lindquist S.C.
  • Northwood Technical College
  • Pathways Family Chiropractic, S.C.
  • SEASONS Gallery
  • Spring Creek Dental
  • Steward State Farm Agency
  • The 715
  • The Bees Knees
  • The SubHouse
  • Valley Orthodontics


  • 8CH Print of Hudson
  • Abigail Page Antique Mall
  • Accumark, Inc.
  • Aileron IT
  • Art Doyle’s Spokes & Pedals
  • Associated Bank
  • Cocobello Interiors
  • County Market
  • Gavic Construction Corporation
  • Grand Fête
  • Guinn, Vinopal & Zahradka, LLP
  • Hudson Valley Dental
  • Knoke’s Chocolates & Nuts
  • Lakefront Framing LLC
  • Micklesen Drug Inc.
  • The Massey Luxury Apartments
  • Wolfy’s Butcher Shop & Deli, LLC

Holiday Decorations Sponsor

  • City of Hudson

Give the Gift of Hudson this Season

Looking for a great gift for someone who loves Hudson? Consider Hudson Holiday Chamber Checks! All dollars stay with our local businesses and checks are provided in festive packaging.
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