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Get into the holiday spirit at Port Moody's Holiday Cheer at the Pier event

The event started in 2017, but was cancelled in 2020 because of tightened COVID-19 public health restrictions.
Port Moody's annual Holiday Cheer at the Pier event will be held Nov. 25 at Rocky Point Park.

Port Moody is lighting up its iconic pier at Rocky Point Park on Nov. 25.

The city's annual Holiday Cheer at the Pier event begins at 6 p.m. and runs until 8 p.m., with the thousands of colourful Christmas lights strung along the pier being turned on at 6:15 p.m.

Port Moody Mayor Meghan Lahti said the free event is all about alighting a sense of community, gratitude and connection into one of the darkest and coldest times of the year.

"We invite everyone to come together to help us light up the night and spread some cheer," she said in a news release.

There's more to the event than just lighting the night, though.

Santa Claus will be in attendance for photos along with carollers, stilt walkers and even a "Santa-bot." There's also an artisan pocket market organized by the Blackberry Artist's Society, a craft table to construct origami stars, a scavenger hunt and complimentary cookies.

Rotary Club of Port Moody will be on hand with warming cups of hot chocolate, by donation.

As well, Port Moody Fire Rescue will be kicking off its annual toy drive and Port Moody Police Department is collecting non-perishable food items to SHARE Family and Community Services.

Holiday Cheer at the Pier started in 2017 as the seasonal centrepiece to Port Moody's Christmas celebrations that also includes holiday lights at city hall, Fire Hall #1 and the Queens Street plaza.

A drive-thru take on the event during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, had to be cancelled after public health restrictions were tightened just prior to the Christmas season.