Hudson Gardens is as charming as it gets during the fall and winter months. Our woodsy landscape has thirty acres of entertaining possibilities whether you’re looking for holiday light displays, foliage-filled nature walks, or classes that help you bond with neighbors and nature. Explore these articles to make the most of the Denver area’s changing seasons!

A dad gives his child a piggy-back-ride at a holiday light display.

A Hudson Christmas: Extravaganza of Lights
Get ready to feel festive. This unique display of holiday light artistry keeps the holiday spirit burning bright through New Year’s Eve. Highlights include towering trees decorated with tens of thousands of lights, a holiday light tunnel, and visits with Santa Claus.

A family with two young children on a walking trail at Hudson Gardens.

Self-Guided Walking Tours
Hudson Gardens is a beautiful retreat from the city even when plants aren’t in bloom. Visit the Welcome Center for a Garden Map. While strolling through our walking paths, look for information boxes to learn about the plants, wildlife, ecology, art, and history of Hudson Gardens at your own pace.

A table decorated for a corporate holiday party.

Holiday Parties
From November–January, the historic log cabin known as The Inn at Hudson Gardens becomes a popular setting for holiday parties. This venue offers delightful fireplaces, Christmas trees, and holiday lights. Best of all, guests can find discounted tickets to our extravaganza of lights: A Hudson Christmas!

A gnome and Christmas ornaments at the Hudson Gardens gift shop.

Gift Shop
Hudson Gardens’ Gift Shop is a charming holiday market. And after the holidays, you’ll still find everything you need to stay cozy including hats, scarves, candles, and tea kettles. Winter hours are 10:00 AM-3:00 PM and select evenings during A Hudson Christmas.

Birds swimming in a lake while snow is falling.

Fall Foliage/Snow at Bob’s Lake
Bob’s Lake provides beautiful photo opportunities while the leaves are changing or after a fresh coat of snow. With reflections of towering trees and a charming bridge modeled after Claude Monet’s famous paintings, you’ll forget you’re in the middle of a city.

Leaves on the ground in front of a big, red barn. Fall foliage.

Fall Foliage at the Barn
If you know someone who likes raking leaves, we’ve got a few. Feel the leaves crunch under the weight of your boots during a casual stroll; take family photos; and appreciate the full spectrum of autumnal colors.

A squirrel sitting on top of a pumpkin.

The Pumpkin Patch
Hudson Gardens’ pumpkin patch is a hit with people and squirrels alike.
Several pumpkin varieties and gourds are grown each year across approximately one third of an acre.

A deer standing in Hudson Gardens' Rose Garden.

Deer Sightings
Fall and winter wildlife sightings include bunnies, squirrels, geese and other winter birds, and packs of deer.

 

Kids crawling on top of the Hudson Gardens straw bale maze.

Straw Bale Maze
Fall hasn’t officially begun until you’ve made your way through a straw bale maze. Starting in September, you can bring the kids to enjoy this classic outdoor activity.

A blue heron perched on a branch at the Wetlands.

Birding
We’re a birding hotspot. You can explore our thriving habitat with a field guide and a pair of high-focus binoculars (available for a $10 refundable deposit at the Welcome Center). Guided bird walks, led by an Audubon Master Birder from the Front Range Birding Company, are also offered each month.

A large circle of people with drums.

Drum Circles
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.

Snow on the ground at the Honey Bee Apiary.

Beekeeping Classes
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.