Santa stopped to compare red uniforms with Const. Matthew Black at last year’s Stuff the Cruiser at Save-On-Foods. Greg Laychak/Black Press

A guide to your festive weekend in Hope and area Dec. 8 and 9

This entire weekend, especially Saturday, is bursting with holiday cheer you do not want to miss

If there were one day you decided to spend getting and spreading Christmas cheer in Hope, this Saturday, Dec. 8 would be it. Here is a rundown of Saturday’s festivities, see you out in the Christmas chaos:

Pancake breakfast (8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. at Kal Tire):

In support of the RCMP’s Stuff the Cruiser event. They will be accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations during the breakfast.

RCMP’s Stuff the Cruiser (10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Save-On-Foods and Buy Low Foods):

Last year the Hope RCMP and the local community collected 1,600 pounds of food and cash donations for the Hope Food Bank. The event is on again this year and donations of non-perishable groceries and cash donations are encouraged.

Children’s Christmas Crafts (10:30-11:30 a.m. at the Art Machine):

Handmade painted raindeer are on the crafting menu with facilitator Pamela McBride. The event is free, and materials, as well as hot chocolate and cookies, will be provided.

Letters to Santa (1-2 p.m. at the Hope Library):

The library, together with UFV, the Hope and District Arts Council and the Read Right Society invites kids to write a letter to Santa, sing carols, listen to stories and some live music. Snacks and pictures with Santa are also happening.

Ho Ho Hope Christmas Festival (6 p.m. downtown):

Merchants all along Wallace Street, 5 and 6 avenues and Fraser Avenue will open their doors wide for an evening of shopping and socializing. Support your local businesses and get that not-so-last-minute holiday shopping done.

Want to get your pet (dog or other) photographed with Santa? A fundraiser for the Hope dog park is doing just this, during the christmas fest, at 434 B Wallace St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Rides with Santa (7-9 p.m. beside the big bear in Memorial Park):

The only ticket you need for a ride with Santa is a food or cash donation to Envision Financial’s Full Cupboard. Rides are complete with popcorn and hot chocolate as well as a fire pit for s’more roasting.

The event is put on by Hope Towing and the Hope Lions Club, with help from the Hope Scouts.

‘Hoedown for heart’ in support of the Heart and Stroke Foundation (7 p.m. at Hope Legion):

For $50 a couple, Hope residents who want to dine and party down can do so at a hoedown Saturday, organized by the Broke Buckle Clothing Company. Cocktails, a silent auction and ‘horse d’ouvers’ will start the evening off, followed by live music by Savage West and a night lunch of BBQ beef on a bun.

Festivities in the Fraser Canyon this weekend:

Stuff the Cruiser (Boston Bar, Canyon Tire, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.):

The annual event in support of the food bank is back, with requests for non-perishable food items and cash donations. There will also be a pancake breakfast.

“Every season our community has embraced the Stuff the Cruiser campaign and we are confident this will occur once more this year,” Constable Darren McKay of the Boston Bar RCMP stated in a news release. “During past Stuff the Cruiser events folks have given over 1,000 pounds of food with cash donations in support of our local food bank.”

Christmas in Yale (Yale and District Community Centre, 1 p.m.):

A Christmas event with a meal will be held in Yale.

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Want to get your pet (dog or other) photographed with Santa? A fundraiser for the Hope dog park is doing just this, during the christmas fest, at 434 B Wallace St. from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Facebook photo

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