Port Moody’s Cheer at the Pier is back.
After a year off because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the event at Rocky Point Park that lights up the pier next to the boat launch with thousands of colourful lights returns Dec. 4 from 6 to 8 p.m.
In September, council approved funding of up to $16,500 to resurrect the Christmas celebration after last year’s festivities were initially scaled back to a drive-thru event — then cancelled outright because of tighter public health restrictions.
During council deliberations about whether this year’s event could be held safely, Coun. Hunter Madsen said with vaccines readily available and outdoor gatherings allowed again, “It feels like it is something we could do, even though we are being careful.”
He added after more than a year of people avoiding large gatherings and event cancellations, it’s time to give everyone an opportunity to get together and celebrate the season.
To add to the festive atmosphere, Santa will make an appearance, as will elves, carollers, stilt walkers and assorted roaming entertainers.
Kids can pick up an ornament kit put together by PoMoArts, as well as crafts provided by the Port Moody Public Library. Pre-wrapped red velvet cookies will be handed out and food trucks will also be there for more substantial snacks.
Port Moody Station Museum is putting on a holiday scavenger hunt that could earn participants a basket filled with goods from local merchants.
As well, Port Moody Fire Rescue will be collecting new, unwrapped toys and the city’s police department will be gathering non-perishable food items, all of which go to SHARE Family and Community Services to help local families in need.
With the event outdoors, proof of COVID-19 vaccination isn’t required, nor are face masks, but the city is hoping people will wear them if physical distancing can’t be maintained.
For more information, including a map, you can visit the Cheer on the Pier page of the City of Port Moody's website.