The winning home of the 2019 Hope Christmas Lights contest was on Cypress Street. Residents have until Dec. 5 to sign their street up for this year’s contest. (Submitted photo)

The winning home of the 2019 Hope Christmas Lights contest was on Cypress Street. Residents have until Dec. 5 to sign their street up for this year’s contest. (Submitted photo)

Holiday cheer, even in a pandemic year

Here’s what is happening in Hope and area as the holiday season kicks off

Spread some light, spread some cheer

Residents of Hope have until this Saturday, Dec. 5 to sign up with their neighbours for the annual holiday lights contest.

The Hope, BC Christmas Lights Challenge in on this holiday season. People who want to participate will sign their street up for the challenge and they need to have a minimum of three participating houses on the street to enter. And participating households on the winning street each get a $150 Rona gift card.

Then residents who want to walk or cruise around looking at the light displays will be able to find a map of participating streets starting on Dec. 12. They will then be able to vote on their favourite street.

To enter the challenge and to get a copy of the map, go to

Celebrate a life, on the Tree of Hope

The Tree of Hope will be displayed at the Envision Financial foyer from Dec. 2 to 30. The Fraser Canyon Hospice Society invites locals to fill out and hang a tag in memory of a loved one passed.

Envision Financial at 231 Commission St. is open 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Firefighters, Santa Claus and food

The Sunshine Valley Volunteer Fire Department has had to cancel many of its key fundraising events, yet one event the crew won’t cancel is their Christmas food drive. The food drive will kick off on Dec. 12 at 6 p.m. with a traveling Christmas float featuring Santa, carols, lights and loads of space for non-perishable food items. Youngsters can have their photos taken with Santa, who will be “socially distanced and screened in.” The crew will make their way throughout Sunshine Valley.

“Boxes and bags may be left out on your porch, clearly marked for contactless pick up or you can don your mask and hand over your donation to our masked members,” wrote firefighter Chris Farsky.

For those who want to donate but cannot be there on the 12th, speak with a local firefighter to arrange for pick up.

Dining, donating and gift giving in Boston Bar

Canyon Lanes is hosting the Christmas Giving Tree. Unwrapped gifts and tags for a child of any age or gender should be returned to Canyon Lanes by Dec. 7.

While exact dates haven’t been set, the Boston Bar-North Bend Enhancement Society is holding two Christmas seniors’ dinners for local residents only. Space is limited and reservations should go through Tom Durrie at 604-860-5121.

Stuff the Kal Tire van

Kal Tire will have a van parked outside Kaltire in Hope all day on Dec. 5, with the goal of stuffing this van full of food donations. Non-perishable foods and monetary donations are encouraged, all of which will go to the Hope food bank.

Anyone who donates on Dec. 5 can also enter their name in a draw, the winner walks away with a gift basket.

Coffees for cash, for food

Also on Dec. 5, Blue Moose Coffee House are celebrating their 20th birthday by gathering cash donations for the local food bank.

Anyone who makes a monetary donation of any amount in the coffeeshop that day gets a brew coffee.

Do you know ofCOVID-19 friendly holiday happenings not listed here? Email and we’ll get the word out.

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