If you have not yet experienced Hudson Holiday, lay some plans now: The show runs nightly through this weekend. Produced by the Museum of Outdoor Arts, Hudson Holiday’s lighting extravaganza is sure to lighten your heart–regardless of your age. You’ve never seen anything like this. And photos cannot do it justice. Hudson Holiday is an experience you won’t soon forget, and a stroll through this wintery and sometimes wacky wonderland is sure to be a highlight of your holiday season.
Here are ten reasons why you don’t want to miss Hudson Holiday:
1) Nights are still long. Yes, we’ve made it through Winter Solstice–and an especially dark longest night, indeed, given the total lunar eclipse. But the nights are still long and dark and cold, and Hudson Holiday offers dazzling light and good cheer and warm-heartedness as an antidote.
2) Admission costs less than seeing a movie. And you can stay as long as you like. (Until closing, of course.) Plus, parking is free.
3) You’ll burn off some peanut brittle while strolling around acre after acre after acre of lush lighting.
4) You’ll have an opportunity to wear that handsome muffler Santa brought you. Or those new earmuffs.
5) If you get cold, you can snuggle up with your loved ones to warm up.
6) The big barn offers hot cocoa or cider, treats, and a charming mercantile with affordably priced seasonal trinkets and holiday treasures for the kids–or kids-at-heart.
7) Hudson Holiday has a sense of humor. From Hudson House, the outlandish centerpiece of the show; to the giant inflatable toys; to the “Electric Sheep,” Hudson Holiday is good for a laugh. Be sure to spend some time with the circus wagons showcasing whimsical holiday contraptions.
8) The Luminous Garden is one of the most beautiful sights ever seen on a Colorado landscape. Using black lights and laser lights, the garden was designed by Hudson Holiday’s creative director Lonnie Hanzon–Museum of Outdoor Arts’ Wizard-in-Residence.
9) Hudson Holiday will get you out of the house. Whether you venture out with family or friends, this light show will leave you feeling all lit up inside. Building on last year’s success, the show is bigger and better this year. And it’s so complex that you really cannot take it all in even if you visit more than once.
10) You can take a horse-drawn carriage ride for only $5 extra per person. And it’s worth it. Romantic and practical at once, you’ll want to go to the barn upon your arrival to purchase tickets for this popular activity that often sells out.
The only element Hudson Holiday has lacked is snow. Snow and ice crystals, of course, would have rendered the scene picture perfect.
On the other hand, dry footpaths and not-so-frigid nights are ideal in their own right.
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