Hudson Tree Lighting Beckons the Season

December 4, 2015


by Rhiannon Snide

With the Thanksgiving holiday over, the Hudson community was not slow to begin its annual Christmas festivities.  On Friday, Nov. 25, hundreds of families interrupted their Black Friday shopping and welcomed Santa to the town common to watch as he took part in the annual tree lighting.

Prior to Santa being escorted there by the Hudson Fire Department, families enjoyed live music courtesy of the Alvirne High School band and alumni.  Hudson District Music Director Gerry Bastien has been attending the tree lighting with the band for 19 years, calling it a tradition many band members and alumni look forward to every year.  He was warmed by the presence of so many volunteers as he explained, “It is just a great community event that goes with the core values of Hudson and Alvirne … to see all of the parents and volunteers giving back to the community it’s a great start to the holiday season.”

After the tree lighting, families were welcomed to join Santa and his elves at the Hudson Community Center to get their Christmas wish lists sorted out, and take part in an array of holiday crafts.  Smiles filled the space with a spirit that certainly got Hudson ready for the holiday season.