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Covid sparks concerns over December 5 fireworks


HUDSON – Hudson Hall, Mayor Kamal Johnson and Columbia County Department of Health DirectorJack Mabb announced Thursday, December 3 that fireworks planned for Saturday, December 5, have been postponed until 2021.

All other activities for Winter Walk: The Hudson Safe Edition will proceed as scheduled.

“Fireworks at Winter Walk have always been something that draws people to city streets. The combination of the shops and restaurants being open coupled with the fireworks made us concerned about the prospects of large gatherings of people and the possible spread of Covid-19 in our community,” Director Mabb said in a press release. “Our department has already seen a bump up in positives as a result of Thanksgiving.”

“We respect the Department of Health’s recommendation and we are happy to work with the City of Hudson to ensure the safety of our community,” Hudson Hall Executive Director Tambra Dillon said in the release. “Winter Walk has always been about supporting our community and celebrating the creativity of this region, and we encourage everyone to visit Hudson for the twenty days of decorated windows, holiday shopping, festive cheer and community celebration planned from December 5-24 for Winter Walk: The Hudson Safe Edition.”

Hudson Hall has produced Winter Walk on the first Saturday in December since 1997. The event has since become a beloved start to the holiday shopping season in Hudson by highlighting its creative community. Instead of closing off Warren Street for a large celebration involving tens of thousands people on a single evening, Winter Walk 2020 begins on Saturday, December 5 and continues through the month of December.

Many of the things everyone has come to expect from Winter Walk—holiday lights, decorated shop windows, Santa’s Village in the Seventh Street Park, holiday shopping in local shops, and the presence of Santa himself—are a part of Winter Walk 2020, re-imagined for the pandemic.

For more information about Winter Walk 2020: The Hudson Safe Edition or to make a free reservation for a virtual visit with Santa, go to Winter Walk 2020: The Hudson Safe Edition is made possible, in part, with generous support from the Columbia Economic Development Corporation, the New York State Council on the Arts, Dyson Foundation, Stewart’s Holiday Match, The Cascades, and Friends of Hudson Hall. To make a contribution to support Winter Walk, visit

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