The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce is organizing several events this holiday season to help deck the town for residents and visitors alike.
The centerpiece of this year’s festivities is a first-ever New Hope Holiday Parade on Sunday, Nov. 26.
But first, the chamber is rallying businesses, locals, and visitors to support Small Business Saturday on Nov. 25. Small Business Saturday is a holiday shopping tradition that’s held each year on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Founded by American Express, this nationwide movement helps bring attention to the importance of supporting small businesses, says the chamber.
Neighborhood “Champions” help rally small businesses and shoppers in their communities, with inspiration and support from American Express. The New Hope Chamber is your champion they say, and has distributed promotional posters, flyers and balloons to all of the local businesses. Shop small at local businesses to help keep our community strong and vibrant and potentially employ your friends, family and neighbors, urges the chamber.
The inaugural New Hope Holiday Parade on Nov. 26 is a “free all-inclusive family event to help us kick off the holiday season.” From floats to firetrucks, dance troops and more, there will be something for everyone to enjoy, says the chamber. It all begins at 4 p.m. at the New Hope-Solebury High School on West. Bridge Street and ends on South Main Street.
After the parade, all are welcome to stay for the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Logan Inn New Hope, where Santa and Mrs. Claus will make their traditional appearance.
Next up is a Holiday Party and Food/Toy Drive on Monday, Dec. 4, when the chamber invites members and guests to join them at Havana for a fun and festive evening of great food with a cash bar. The chamber will also collect toys for local shelters at the event, as well as non-perishable food items for Fisherman’s Mark.
Caroling in New Hope is a beloved tradition, and this year it’s happening every Saturday in December from 4 to 6 p.m. Two groups of carolers will be hosted this year: On Dec. 2, 9 and 16 the first group will meet at the Visitor’s Center courtyard at 4 p.m. The second group, led by Rick Rosen, will meet at the same location on Dec. 16 and 23, and will also be caroling throughout town from 2 to 4 p.m. All those wanting to participate need only show up at the New Hope Visitor’s Center.
And a Chanukah menorah will be lit every night at the foot of the New Hope-Lambertville free bridge beginning Dec. 12. On the second to last night of Chanukah, Dec. 19, the chamber and Kehilat HaNahar (The Little Shul by the River) will host a special menorah lighting at the edge of the Delaware River that promises to fill the night with music and joy.
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