The holidays are upon us and Hudson Oaks is gearing up for its second annual CoHoHo Christmas Corridor light show at Gene Voyles Park open from 6-9 p.m. every evening from Nov. 22 to Jan. 1.
After a successful first year, the city decided to bring the free light display back and make it an annual event for the county communities.
“The city wanted to have an additional event in Gene Voyles Park for families to enjoy in addition to the very popular Boomin’ 4th and Craft and Cork events,” Hudson Oaks Mayor Marc Povero said. “A Christmas light display with choreographed music was the perfect fit. CoHoHo is a clever play on the city Of Hudson Oaks, with a little Santa laugh thrown in.”
Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night vendors will be on site with hot chocolate and refreshments.
“We want to continue to be a family friendly community and CoHoHo certainly fits the bill,” Povero said. “Events like CoHoHo strengthen the bonds of our community and give families a fun and safe outing during the Christmas season.”
Hudson Oaks City Administrator Patrick Lawler said there will be more than six miles of lights.
“It takes us over a month to assemble the full light show. The tree is built by NextLink and is 50 feet tall,” Lawler said. “We are excited this free event has become so popular. It provides a different change of pace for our staff and we enjoy the excitement of the community when they walk around our park and watch the light shows.”
A fun fact about Christmas lights is that Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, also created the very first strand of electric lights during the holiday season in 1880, which were strung around his laboratory, according to the Library of Congress. Railroad passengers traveling by got their first glimpse at a light display, but it wasn’t until 40 years later that it became a tradition.
The CoHoHo event is made possible through local sponsorships and for more information visit the CoHoHo Christmas Corridor Facebook page.