A new carving is coming to town, just in time for the holidays. (Ryan Villiers photo)

A new carving is coming to town, just in time for the holidays. (Ryan Villiers photo)

Hope Christmas lighting ceremony kicks off holiday event schedule

New community Christmas tree, Grinch statue ring in Hope’s holiday season

Everyone knows there is no place like Hope for the Holidays.

This holiday season is filled with homegrown, local events that are sure to put a twinkle in everyone’s eyes. It all kicks off this Saturday night (Nov. 27), with the Hope Lions Club Community Christmas Tree lighting event.

The club has just purchased a new tree for the community to enjoy together.

The public is invited to gather in Memorial Park for the lighting of the new 21-foot tall tree on top of District Hall. There will be popcorn and hot chocolate given out starting at 5:30 p.m.

Mayor Peter Robb will be lighting the Christmas lights on Wallace Street, and unveiling the newest addition to town, a life-sized Grinch chainsaw carving, at 6p.m.

Following that, the public will be invited to gather in front of District Hall to light the tree at 6:15 p.m.

Then, many shops downtown Hope are planning on staying open late for the evening, to help locals get a festive start on shopping local – or maybe even finishing up.

SUPPORT LOCAL

The popular Support Local event is back for this winter! This time, you will have a chance to win one of many prize bags, gift cards and movie tickets, or one of the grand prizes: Exciting trips to Manning Park Resort or REO Rafting Resort. Check Hope Cascades and canyons website for details.

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CELEBRATION

Dec. 3 to Dec. 5:

Just a week after Hope Holiday Fest, it’s time for the Hope for the Holidays Downtown Celebration! Wander through the magical downtown winter wonderland, explore delightful shops, catch a Christmas classic at the cinema and even grab a special holiday brew from Mountainview Brewing Co.

Events are always being added, such as a free public skate hosted by the Rotary Club, Dec. 4, from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Also, visit Mountainview Brewing Co. on Dec. 5 or Dec. 15 this holiday season to do some Christmas shopping in their holiday market.

You can also catch a holiday classic all weekend at the Hope Cinema. They’re showing three viewings each of A Christmas Story, National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation, Elf, Polar Express and Gremlins.

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