PHOTOS: Christmas comes early for Hope shoppers

Lorraine of Artisan’s Attic shows off her Christmas cheer and some of her many fudge flavours during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Chris Duchaine/Black Press
Staff at The Rolling Pin bakery celebrated being the top bakery in Western Canada, after winning a Canada-wide Dawn Foods contest earlier this fall. They raffled off cakes and served up appetizers fresh from the hands of new employee Brent Gillis, formerly of 293 Wallace. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Francis, left, and Jannis Zimmer were smoking busy Dec. 8, as bath bombs, soaps and other Hope-made bath and body products flew off the shelves at The Mossy Stump Soap Co. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Brad Pelletier shows off some of the merchandise at Sixth Avenue Sports during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest. Bikes are a hard-to-wrap but unforgettable gift, popular during this time of year. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Max, the youngest member of the family-run bakery spends some time with grandma Robin at The Rolling Pin, during their Dec. 8 celebration for their Sweetest Bakery in Western Canada award. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Sharon Bernard, left, and Vernon Baker had Mother Hubbard’s decked out for the holiday season and bursting with gift-ready treats Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Jolie got her Santa on straight in preparation for a photo with Santa during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas fest Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Broke Buckle Clothing Co. stayed open late for the fans of Western wear and home items. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Community members tasted some of the treats prepared for The Rolling Pin’s celebration for becoming the Sweetest Bakery in Western Canada. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Sandy Renes, left, has a laugh as she and her son Quinton Kilback show off some of the merchandise they now have stocked at Stratus Vapor Shop. They stayed open late for the Christmas crowd Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
It wouldn’t be a Christmas event without handmade crafts, which Dayton Dixon, left, Alexis Dixon, Ava Zischka and Jordan Trottier made and sold Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Hope’s dollar store stayed open late Dec. 8 for shoppers who braved cold weather, but no rain, to shop during a special evening event in downtown Hope. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Pets got a night out and a cuddle with Santa at a Dec. 8 fundraiser for the Hope dog park. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Karolyn Ridgway showed off some of her Tupperware she sells, during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas fest. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
It was non-stop action during a photo fundraiser for the Hope dog park Dec. 8. Pets got to sit on Santa’s lap, or on his shoes, for rapid-fire photos before they wriggled themselves free. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Manee, left, and Lonni Warren stayed open late for shoppers Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Naydeen Spencer got dressed up and handed out vegan goodies Dec. 8 at Jungle Juice. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Tanya Dixon takes a stab at selling her handmade live evergreen Christmas decorations Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard
Some happy shoppers at The Rolling Pin (top) and The Cat’s Meow Toy Store (bottom) at Saturday’s Ho Ho Hope Christmas event. Chris Duchaine/Emelie Peacock photos
Elise, left, Elizabeth and Rock hand out chocolates for charity during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest. Chris Duchaine/Black Press
Staff at the Blue Moose goof off while giving great customer service during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Chris Duchaine/Black Press
Anne, Tina and Anita sell some of the canned and dehydrated goods made by senior volunteers who take part in the Preserving Hope project. Chris Duchaine/Black Press
Lorraine of Artisan’s Attic shows off her Christmas cheer and some of her many fudge flavours during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Chris Duchaine/Black Press

Hope’s own Christmas elves made sure residents got time to shop and socialize at local establishments ahead of the holidays.

Business owners kept their doors open late Dec. 8, carollers made sweet music and sleigh rides were organized for children and kids-at-heart at the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest. Even the pets were out celebrating, getting their photos taken with Santa during a fundraiser for the Hope dog park.


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