Tis the season for all things merry and bright! This week on Meeple Moments we’re exploring Hudson and the nearby area for holiday fun as well as highlighting the events we’ll be hosting at the Meeple this month. What are your plans this holiday season?
🎅 Hudson Winter Fireworks – December 6th
Mark your calendar for this Saturday – alongside other fun events like Santa on the Green (9 AM-3 PM on December 4th) Destination Hudson is bringing back winter fireworks this weekend. Watch the fireworks from one of the downtown shopping areas or alternatively, the Meeple! I mean, sipping on a milkshake while watching fireworks in December? Can’t get much merrier than that!
❄️ Christkindlmarkt in Hudson – December 11th-12th
The traditional Christkindlmarkt will return December 11th (12-8 PM) and 12th (12-4 PM) on the Hudson Green! Visitors will peruse tents decorated for the season and interact with artisans – perhaps even stumbling upon a unique gift from a local vendor. There will be European food specials as well as German musical performances. Finish off your night and come warm up with a visit to the Meeple, play some games, and let us know what your favorite part was.
⛄ Case-Barlow Farm – Winter Wonderland in the Barn – December 19th
Case-Barlow has an incredible event lineup for the month of December. Click here to read more about Christmas Tea and visits with Santa. Today we are going to highlight their Winter Wonderland event happening on December 19th from 1 PM – 4 PM. The open house will showcase over 25 beautifully decorated Christmas trees. The decorated trees, Santa’s sleigh and the ambiance of the lighted barn will make the most breathtaking backdrop for your holiday photos and posts. Holiday music and treats abound! There is no admission fee for this event, but donations are graciously accepted.
📚 Hudson Library Winter Book Club – Monthly
Who says you have to leave the comfort of your own home to go on an adventure? The Hudson Library and Historical Society has been running their Goblins & Galaxies Science Fiction/Fantasy Book Club for nearly a year now and it is full steam ahead. In the past, the club has featured books like Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman and The Broken Sword by Poul Anderson. Even if you haven’t finished the book, you’re welcome to listen and participate. New members are always welcome, and registration is required. Check out the gallery of images at the bottom of this post for a printable bookmark that highlights the books up for discussion over the next few months. The very talented Derrick who facilitates the book club at the library is responsible for the creation of this handy tool!
⛸️ Kent Skates – Free Ice Rink – Until February 28th
Wednesday-Sunday from 10 AM until 8 PM you are welcome to head over to the free ice rink in downtown Kent! Use of the rink is free, along with free skate rental. This seasonal rink will be located on a section of East Erie Street, in downtown Kent, between St. Rt. 59 (Haymaker Parkway) and South Depeyster Street. There will be food and beverage available for purchase.
🏃♀️ Frosty 5 and Mistletoe Mile – December 24th
The 8th annual Frosty 5 and Mistletoe Mile will take place on December 24th at 8 AM. Dig out your best ugly Christmas sweater (prizes will be awarded) and lace up – this race is fun for the whole family! Both races are walker and stroller friendly. Kick off your Christmas Eve morning right and don’t be surprised if you see Santa and some reindeer in the race!
🎲 Events at the Malted Meeple 🎄
December 16th – Seasonal Cocktail Tasting at 7 PM
Attendees will try four different winter-inspired cocktail recipes and help us decide on the best one.
December 21st – Blind Bourbon Tasting Event at 7 PM
This will be a blind tasting which allows a different type of experience. Guests will compare opinions of various bourbons whose identities will be revealed at the conclusion of the tasting!
December 31st – Murder Mystery at the Meeple: Gone Viking! at 7 PM
Join us December 31st from 7-11 PM as you try to pillage your way through the clues and figure out whodunnit. There will be plenty of mead flowing all night! Stick around and game afterwards and celebrate the end of 2021 at the Meeple. The winner will receive bragging rights, a certificate, as well as a drinking horn from McAlpine Meadery.
If you’re still in the market for a last-minute Christmas gift don’t forget about our Game Passes. For only $40 the lucky cardholder gets 10 visits to the Meeple for the price of 8 – a $10 savings! These are fantastic gifts for the gamer in your life who frequents the Meeple. The cardholder can also choose to waive a friend or family member’s table fee as well with their Game Pass.
Happy Holidays from all of us here at the Meeple!