Hudson — The Holiday Walk brings shoppers, decorations and tradition to the downtown to help celebrate the holidays with an old fashioned atmosphere.
Shoppers will be able to enjoy store specials, prize drawings and giveaways along Main Street, First & Main, the Acme plaza and Evaporator Works Dec. 8 from noon to 6 p.m.
The Holiday Walk has activities for the entire family such as visiting Santa and his elves, petting live reindeer from noon to 5 p.m., enjoying horse and carriage rides from 1 to 4 p.m., and a Live Nativity on the Clocktower Green, courtesy of Hudson First Congregational Church.
“There is more going on this year,” said Michael Freedman of Hershey’s. “A lot of merchants have different things going on in their stores.”
People can come into town, have some fun and find some holiday spirit while looking for gifts or enjoying treats, Freedman said.
“Enjoy a family day,” he added.
Liz Murphy, former owner of the Learned Owl Book Shop, said she is “thrilled” to be experiencing the Holiday Walk as a customer for the first time.
“I’ll stop by my favorite places and spread a little holiday cheer, just like my customers used to do for me,” Murphy said.
There are more activities every year for everyone, and the live Nativity scene is a tremendous draw, she said. “What a wonderful gift the First Congregational Church gives to all of Hudson,” Murphy said.
Radio Disney will be celebrating Festival of Giving at First & Main’s Holiday Walk on Dec. 8 from 1 to 3 p.m. under the pergola on the First & Main Green powered by Akron Children’s Hospital. Radio Disney will have music, games and prizes for families – and encourages the local community to bring a new and unused toy for donation.
At Hershey’s from 2 to 4 p.m. Marine Sargent Johnson will be receiving toys for Toys for Tots. Cub Scout Pack 3327 will be “celebrity scoopers” from 2 to 4 p.m. to earn money to help their “Scouting 4 Bikes” project that gives bikes to area children.
Also, Wireless Zone is collecting for Toys for Tots and offering $10 gift cards to all customers.
Gather your non-perishable food items to share with others.
Great Clips of Hudson will host its fifth annual food drive through Christmas. Donate one non-perishable food item and receive a certificate good for $1 off your January to February 2014 service. Donate two non-perishable items, and receive $2 off, and $3 off for a donation of three non-perishable items (feel free to increase your donation, but there is a $3 discount maximum). All food items benefit the Hudson Food Pantry. Save time and check in online at www.greatclips.com.
Prudential Kathy Reid Realty will be taking family photos from 12 to 5 p.m. and collecting non-perishable food donations for Good Neighbors. Anyone bringing food items will be entered to win a $100 Merchants Gift Card to be given away prior to Christmas.
Take a photo or visit with Santa and his elves from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Epiphany; 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at Janet Rhodes brings you Fair Trade; from 4 to 6 p.m. shoppers can enjoy dinner with Santa at Hudson’s Restaurant and take a photo of Santa and his elves. Call for reservations at 330-650-1955.
Hudson’s Restaurant has $5 Happy Hour every day from 3 to 7 p.m., which includes $5 appetizers, martinis and wine. Buy $50 in Hudson’s Restaurant Gift Cards and receive a $10 Gift.
At My Little Red Wagon meet Santa’s elf and write a letter to Santa (and he will write you back!) Take a photo with one of the store’s fun Christmas-themed photo props. The store will donate 10 percent of its sales to Akron Women’s Shelter.
Meet the Nicky Nicole Elf and take a photo from noon to 2 p.m. at Nicky Nicole. Make a free jingle bell necklace and enjoy holiday sweets. Enter to win a Holiday Raffle Basket valued at $100.
For those who enjoy holiday music, Carolers all over town will sing shoppers into a holiday spirit. The Western Reserve Community Band shares holiday music outside Nicky Nicole at 1 p.m.; Girl Scouts will be caroling on the First & Main Green at 2 p.m.; the Hudson High School swing choir will carol outside of Nicky Nicole at 2:30 p.m. The ACT kids…A Children’s Theater of Hudson.. sing holiday carols at 3 p.m. at Nicky Nicole.
In addition the Christmas in Vienna: Holiday Concert of Hudson Community Chorus will be at 4 p.m. at the First Congregational Church in the Fellowship Hall. For more information, go to www.hudsoncommunitychorus.org.
Stop in at FastFrame and see the beautiful Hudson themed holiday glitter artwork created by Eastwoods Elementary fourth and fifth graders.
At Greenhouse Florist enter a drawing for a chance to win a free Christmas Centerpiece valued at $75.
Dave’s Cosmic Subs has free hot chocolate.
Heather’s Heat & Flavor has cookies and hot spiced cider. Receive $5 off purchase of $25 or more from noon to 5 p.m.
Land of Make Believe in the Man Cave of Hudson (above land of make believe) offers free hot chocolate and cookies.
The Learned Owl Book Shop will have refreshments and special deals. Dec. 8 will be the last day to enter for a chance to win an authentic Christmas Story Leg Lamp. Also, meet Donald Quigley as he signs copies of his book “Santa’s Magic.”
Rejuvenation Center & Spa will have open house from noon to 4 p.m. with door prizes, refreshments and 20 percent off all retail and special packages available for salon services.ounts
Many merchants are offering specials on merchandise such as Antiques Galleries, who will also have a TEA celebrating its 27th Anniversary; Chico’s; Country Blues; Dave’s Cosmic Subs; Heather’s Heat & Flavor; LuLu’s Yogurt with a Twist; Winds of Change; Off Main Street Salon; and Outfitters.
For more information, visit www.merchantsof hudson.com.
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