Dec. 2 Hope Community Choir Christmas Concert with the Cascadia Wind Ensemble. Ray Daws photo

PHOTOS: Hope celebrates the holidays all month long

A smattering of the many festivities around the community during the month of December.

 

Hope Pentecostal Church, during the annual Advent Walk in Hope. Ray Daws photo

Hope Catholic Church, during the annual Advent Walk in Hope. Ray Daws photo

Hope Catholic Church, during the annual Advent Walk in Hope. Ray Daws photo

Hope United Church, during the annual Advent Walk in Hope. Ray Daws photo

Northwest Harvest Church, during the annual Advent Walk in Hope. Ray Daws photo

Hope Towing, together with the Hope Lions Club, gave kids a ride around Hope with Santa during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest downtown Dec. 8. Patrick Earl photo

Santa got to cuddle kitty Piper during a fundraising photo shoot for the Hope Dog Park Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Santa gets a handful, of chickens Bitter (left) and Dark (right) during a photo shoot benefitting the Hope dog park Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

22-month-old Quinn Hemsworth visits New2Yew during the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest, and has a taste of the homemade cookies. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Kids and kids-at-heart waiting for Santa rides kept warm by the fire in Memorial Park Dec. 8. Shannon Jones photo

Pasquale Pascucci added mightily to the festive atmosphere at the Hope Library Letters to Santa event. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Grace Kim, 5, got a moment to chat with Santa Claus. Both Grace and her older sister Esther visited Santa at the Hope Library Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Nixen, left, and Oriah Meek got crafty Dec. 8 at the Letters to Santa event at the Hope Library. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Yale’s annual Christmas meal at the community centre was a full house, and made possible by the hard work and delicious home cooking of these committed volunteers. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Yale’s annual Christmas meal at the community centre was a full house, and made possible by the hard work and delicious home cooking of these committed volunteers. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Yale’s annual Christmas meal at the community centre was a full house, and made possible by the hard work and delicious home cooking of these committed volunteers. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Yale’s annual Christmas meal at the community centre was a full house, made possible by the hard work and delicious home cooking of these committed volunteers. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Committed Communities in Bloom volunteers weathered cold fingers to get the planters along Wallace Street in Hope decorated before the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Committed Communities in Bloom volunteers weathered cold fingers to get the planters along Wallace Street in Hope decorated before the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Committed Communities in Bloom volunteers weathered cold fingers to get the planters along Wallace Street in Hope decorated before the Ho Ho Hope Christmas Fest Dec. 8. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

Hope’s Community Choir performed for a full house at the Yale community centre Dec. 9. Karen Rushlow photo

Employees at the Blue Moose Coffee Shop got onboard with the tacky Christmas sweater trend during an ugly sweater contest Dec. 12. The contest was a collaboration between the Blue Moose and Communities in Bloom. Pattie Desjardins/Hope Standard

TOPS, a group of Hope women who meet weekly to keep on track with their health and weight loss goals, decided to throw an ugly sweater party Dec. 14. Not a good looking piece of clothing could be found as they gathered for a group shot. Emelie Peacock/Hope Standard

John Odlum and other crafty Hope artists gathered at the Art Machine for an afternoon of Christmas crafts. Dec. 15. Chris Duchaine/Black Press

John Odlum and other crafty Hope artists gathered at the Art Machine for an afternoon of Christmas crafts. Dec. 15. Chris Duchaine/Black Press

This colourful light display at 65587 Dogwood Drive won first place in the annual Deck the House holiday lights contest. Submitted photo

This sparkly home at 20055 Cypress St. came in third in the annual Deck the House: Holiday lights contest co-sponsored by Communities in Bloom, The Hope Standard and the Lions Club. Submitted photo

There is no spot in or on this home where Christmas is not present. The house at the corner of 6 Avenue and Fort Street won second place in the annual holiday lights decorating contest. Submitted photo

New 2 Yew won second place in the business decorating contest, in a joint Lions Club and Communities in Bloom contest. Submitted photo

Artisan’s Attic won first place in the business decorating contest. Submitted photo

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