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.

2020 Photo Contest ǀ Oct. 3-24
Submit your favorite photo(s) taken at Hudson Gardens! You’ll be raising money for the Gardens, and you’ll have the chance to win prizes. The entry fee for each photo is $5 and you can vote for your favorite photo(s) by making a $1 donation. Prizes will be awarded to the top-voted photos.

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 makes this all very dreamlike.

Couple walking in meadow

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.

The Island
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
Monday-Sunday: 10AM-3PM

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!

“Sticks and Stones”
Nature Play Area
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 Yoga Classes
Now more than ever, we need the restorative benefits of yoga. Join us for Fall yoga classes in front of the fireplace of the historic Inn at Hudson Gardens.


Painting Lessons
Use the Fall to learn a new hobby or practice your skills. We have three upcoming opportunities for adults to pick up a brush!.



Birding

Birding
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!

A circle of people beating at 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.

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.

Healing Sound Baths
October 28
During the colder months, 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. Our next sound bathing experience will be on October 15th.

Photography
Explore the brilliant colors of Fall through the lens of your favorite camera. We’re open from sunrise to sunset for hobbyists and professional photographers. We also provide photography lessons to help take your craft to the next level. Register for iPhone Photography on October 24th.


Public Art
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!

Holiday Parties
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!

Winter Weddings
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.