An intriguing peddler comes to Hope Valley selling the townspeople his wares and teaching them valuable lessons about joy and giving. And when the townspeople realize that the recently displaced settlers in the area will not have a proper Christmas, they come together to create a special holiday celebration - including a Nativity presentation from the schoolchildren - that will infuse everyone with the true spirit of Christmas.
Elizabeth strives to help a young boy come to terms with an past injury while she and Jack coach the kids in baseball.
Elizabeth must try to coax the truth from Robert after his lie about seeing a bear makes him the town hero.
To raise money for new school supplies, Elizabeth and the kids throw a carnival; the carnival sheds new light and possibly even hope, on Phillip's relationship with his distant father.
Elizabeth struggles with growing pains at the school; an old friend comes to visit Jack; Abigail's tenure as mayor is threatened; Rosemary plays matchmaker.
Elizabeth fights to clear her name and get her job back; Jack gets some troubling news; Wyatt and the railroad continue to make problems for Hope Valley; the children have to deal with a stern new schoolteacher.
After the death of a friend, Jack makes some difficult life choices that may affect Elizabeth as well.
Elizabeth has problems in her classroom when the nephews of Ray Wyatt come to her class and bully other students; Lee loses his voice and Rosemary does the talking for him; Bill finds AJ foster; Ray Wyatt opens a commissary.
Tension between Elizabeth and her new students continues; Lee and Rosemary fight about Rosemary learning to drive; Abigail struggles to hold the cafe together while the railroad's commissary thrives.
Elizabeth takes Opal in while her parents are away; a newcomer to Hope Valley has some insight into Carson Shepherd's mysterious past; an unlikely turn of events puts Cody in harm's way.
The town gathers around Abigail as Cody fights for his life; Carson comes to terms with his past and gets a chance at redemption.