Experience the beauty of the changing seasons at our thirty-acre landscape. The fall and winter months are full of entertaining possibilities whether you’re looking for holiday light displays, live theater, or classes that help you bond with neighbors and nature. In addition, our walking paths are open every day from sunrise to sunset. These articles feature our favorite seasonal attractions.
A Hudson Christmas
Our extravaganza of lights keeps the holiday spirit burning bright from the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Highlights include towering trees decorated with tens of thousands of lights, a holiday light tunnel, Christmas trees dancing to holiday music, and visits with Santa.
Almost Heaven: The Songs of John Denver
(Through October 11)
This live musical performance (presented by Town Hall Arts Center) weaves together fan-favorite songs to create a unique narrative that reflects upon the country during the late ’60s and early ’70s. It’s staged in front of our beautiful Rose Garden!
Fall Foliage/Snow at the Lake
The Lake is our most iconic Fall backdrop. Thanks to towering trees, you’ll see the full spectrum of Fall colors, including fiery reds, oranges, buttery yellows, burnt amber, and ruddy browns. The reflections in the lake create a kaleidoscopic effect, and the bridge turns this all into a scene from a romantic comedy.
The Songbird Garden
The ornamental grasses in Songbird Garden never lose their beauty. They provide striking shapes and textures even as they turn brown. They wave gracefully in the wind and provide shelter for birds (hence the name of the garden). Together, these features create a tranquil setting for an autumn or winter stroll.
The Colorado Garden (New!)
The Colorado Garden features plants that provide fall and winter interest. We’ve designed this demonstration garden to showcase landscaping ideas that can add color and beauty to your yard even during the colder months.
Have you visited the island in the middle of our Lake? Look for the charming bridge across from our vegetable garden, and it will lead you to this beautiful spot. During the Fall, it’s surrounded by brilliant colors. When the weather is just right, it’s perfect for a photo shoot or a Fall picnic.
Fall Foliage/Snow at the Barn
Our big, red barn is an iconic place for fall and winter photos. It’s next to a grove of trees, so you’ll find an abundance of changing leaves during the Fall. We highly recommend this location for the perfect Christmas card photo.
Gift Shop (Curbside-Pickup Until Further Notice)
Hudson Gardens’ Gift Shop has everything you need to stay cozy, including local honeys, hats, scarves, candles, and tea kettles. And leading up to Christmas, we’re a charming holiday market with festive decorations!
“Lava and Bridges”
Nature Play Area
Don’t step in the lava! This nature play area is made from repurposed logs and stones. It promotes physical activity and imagination for kids and adults. Photographers also love to use this area as a background for portraits.
Fall Gardening Classes
We offer multiple classes to help prepare your garden for the winter freeze. If you want the healthiest and most colorful blooms next Spring, join us for the following sessions:
Full Moon Forest Bathing and Guided Walks
Experience our gardens under a full moon in the crisp, autumn air! The moonlight transforms our thinning branches into striking silhouettes, and fallen leaves crunch under your feet. We’re offering two opportunities for this quintessential, Fall activity: Full Moon Forest Bathing on Sept. 30 and a Full Moon Walk in the Gardens on Oct. 1.
We’re a birding hotspot all year long. You can explore our thriving habitat during a self-guided bird walk. Guided bird walks, led by an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company, are also offered each month. Our next guided session will be on Halloween!
Join our Community Drum Circles, which are typically held once a month at Hudson Gardens. During the colder months, we will be drumming inside the Inn at Hudson Gardens to enjoy the roaring fireplaces, a good beat, and a community with a lot of heart. All levels of experience are welcome.
Wanna be a beekeeper? Hudson Gardens offers year-round beekeeping classes to help prepare you for the first steps of beekeeping and beyond. Core beekeeping classes—a series of six courses designed to prepare you for the first season of beekeeping—begin annually each October.
Healing Sound Baths
September 23 & October 15
During the busy holiday season, we like to promote relaxation and self-care through a popular series of sound-bathing experiences. Participants learn to quiet the mind, release stress, and build self-awareness by using ancient sound healing instruments.
Use the Fall to learn a new hobby or practice your skills. We’re offering three adult classes in October as well as a children’s “Photography & Painting” program.
Cooking with Honey
It’s baking season, so what better time to learn about cooking with honey? This cooking demo will teach you about using honey in a myriad of ways in sweet and savory dishes.
Can you find all eighteen sculptures spread across our thirty acres of walking trails? You can get your art fix and your daily exercise with this free, self-guided public art tour. Learn more about our collection!
The log cabin known as The Inn at Hudson Gardens is a popular setting for holiday parties. This venue includes stone fireplaces and holiday decorations. Guests can also tour our extravaganza of lights: A Hudson Christmas! Book Now
The Inn at Hudson Gardens is ideal for winter weddings. Exchange vows in front of a fireplace; share your first dance in a charming log cabin; take stunning photos with evergreen trees and holiday lights.