The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce supports the community by advocating for and empowering businesses. Today, the Chamber includes over 150 member businesses in the Greater New Hope area.
Historically, the Chamber’s primary activity has been to create events that attract tourists from throughout the Northeast to play, shop, eat, and stay in New Hope. Their largest event, the juried Outdoor New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, features 200 gifted artists and artisans and brings an estimated 30,000 people to New Hope in late September.
The Chamber helps sponsor Friday Night Fireworks on the Delaware from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The only regular fireworks show on the Delaware brings over 5,000 people to New Hope and Lambertville each summer weekend.
The Lambertville-New Hope WinterFest in late January begins with the Chamber’s own Fire & Ice Ball and includes a major musical concert, chili cook-off, and town-wide collection of ice carvings.
This year, they are initiating the New Hope Steampunk Fantasy Faire weekend in April with costumes, entertainment, contests, burlesque, film, train rides, tea, and absinthe.
Each Halloween, the Chamber sponsors a store-decorating contest and the madcap High Heel Race up (and down) Mechanic Street.
Each December, they kick off the holiday season the Sunday after Thanksgiving with the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony, led by dance and choral performances, Santa Claus, and a dazzling display of 30,000 lights on Ferry Street.
The Chamber hosts several Business Card Exchanges each year – a chance for members and interested businesses to mingle and network, and to learn about opportunities and benefits for businesses.
Membership includes a presence on www.VisitNewHope.com, the Chamber’s online visitor guide, which receives well over a million unique visitors yearly. They will also work with your business to develop co-promotions and special packages that highlight your business in conjunction with the Chamber’s special events and activities.