Since the Christmas lights are now an issue, it is a perfect time to give the town a new look with low voltage string lights, which could decorate every tree and building with less electrical usage.
These lights could stay on all winter to make the town more appealing during the darkest days, and then maybe we could figure out some way to draw visitors during the winter so that the businesses don’t suffer so much. Ice sculpture contests come to mind – our local galleries could coordinate that. We could institute a nighttime shopping experience before Christmas, where businesses could stay open on a Saturday night – Metro-North would be likely to help us promote this. Other ideas are a food festival with tastings at every restaurant, art in all the Main Street windows – Cold Spring Arts could organize that.
We have to remember how close we are to New York City and how bored everyone gets in the dead of winter. We should make ourselves into a winter destination with as many festivities as possible.