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Let There be Lights

Lonnie Hanzon, Wizard in Residence at the Museum of Outdoor Arts, is making magic again at Hudson Holiday, the annual festival that MOA sponsors at Hudson Gardens. Spread throughout the grounds, this is a light show for the ages: lavish and excessive, psychedelic, funny as hell, beautiful, whimsical and an object of utter wonderment, complete with old-timey horse-drawn carriage rides, a fanciful model train and very good hot chocolate.

What’s new this year? “We have a dollhouse village of 24 one-inch-scale houses, and we’ve also added 21 new buildings to the train setup, as well as another locomotive and a trolley car,” Hanzon begins. From there, it’s hard to get him to stop: “There’s a luminous garden — my attempt at a black-light garden — and dripping Avatar-esque trees. There’s an inflatable garden of giant toys, and the horse trail has a bunch of new stuff to see along the way, including animation and motion sensors. We put in a new fountain and tweaked the holiday house, and the tree at the end of trail — I call it the Glorioso — is now just crazy, lit up with hundreds of yellow and red LED lights.” Ooh. Aah.

Hudson Holiday is open from 5 to 9 p.m. nightly through January 2; admission at the gate is $6 to $9 (free for children ages three and under). Hudson Gardens is located at 6115 South Santa Fe Drive in Littleton; find more information at
Dec. 1-Jan. 2, 5-9 p.m., 2010


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