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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 26, 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 3, 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Carriage 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: C3 Church, Century 21 Affiliated, First State Bank and Trust, Gagnon, Inc., Hudson Ford LLC and Quick Lane, Hudson Home and Garden Club, Royal Credit Union, and Valley Companies.


Buena Vista: A Stroll in the Park

November 26 January 30
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!


Find Santa

November 7 – December 7
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 7 at 4:00 p.m. for a chance to win prizes. Participating businesses & Passport pick up locations:

  • Hudson Area Chamber of Commerce & Tourism Bureau 502 2nd Street
  • All Star Mobility 1401 Gateway Circle
  • Angel's Pet World 105 2nd Street
  • Associated Bank 2001 Coulee Road
  • Associated Bank 2200 Crest View Drive
  • Chapter2Books 226 Locust Street
  • First State Bank and Trust 680 Annabelle Way
  • Grand Fete 512 Second Street
  • Jonesy's Local Bar & Grill 1801 Ward Ave
  • Knoke's Chocolates & Nuts 220 Locust Street
  • Kudos 809 Dominion Drive
  • La Rue Marche' 513 Second Street
  • SEASONS Gallery 401 Second Street
  • The 715 524 Second Street
  • The Bees Knees 507 Second Street
  • The Purple Tree 516 Second Street
  • Urban Olive & Vine 520 2nd Street

Thank you to our Gold Sponsors of this event: All Star Mobility, LLC and kudos.


Santa & His Critters

December 4, 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: All Star Mobility, LLC, Angel's Pet World, Associated Bank, Croix Gear & Machining, Gagnon, Inc., Smiles in Motion, Pediatric Dentistry, Spring Creek Dental, and St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry.


Shop Small & Support Local

Plaid Friday,  November 26
We encourage you to wear plaid and do your holiday shopping locally this year!

Small Business Saturday, November 27
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!

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 with special recognition to the City of Hudson and the Hudson Area Home and Garden Club.


Edward Jones Investments - John Steenis

Gold - Candlelight Stroll

  • C3 Church
  • Century 21 Affiliated
  • First State Bank and Trust
  • Gagnon, Inc.
  • Hudson Ford LLC and Quick Lane
  • Hudson Home and Garden Club
  • Royal Credit Union
  • Valley Companies

Gold - Find Santa

  • All Star Mobility, LLC
  • kudos

Gold - Santa and His Critters

  • All Star Mobility, LLC
  • Angel's Pet World
  • Associated Bank
  • Croix Gear & Machining
  • Gagnon, Inc.
  • Smiles in Motion, Pediatric Dentistry
  • Spring Creek Dental
  • St. Croix Kidds Pediatric Dentistry


  • Alwins Northside Service
  • Bill's Gun Shop & Range Hudson
  • Chapter2Books
  • Cocobello Interiors
  • Grand Fête
  • HealthMax Chiropractic
  • Heppner's Rivercity Collision
  • Kiwanis Club of Greater Hudson
  • La Rue Marche'
  • Phipps Inn Bed & Breakfast
  • SEASONS Gallery
  • Steward State Farm Agency
  • The 715
  • The Bees Knees
  • The Purple Tree
  • Urban Olive & Vine
  • Valley Orthodontics


  • Abigail Page Antique Mall
  • Angela Olson Law
  • County Market
  • Dick's Bar and Grill
  • Jonesy's Local Bar & Grill
  • Knoke's Chocolates & Nuts
  • Laser Magic, Inc.
  • O'Connell Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Inc.
  • Wendy Peterson Ins. Agcy. Inc./State Farm Insurance
  • Winzer Stube German Restaurant

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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