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Amherst hosting special Remembrance Day ceremony


Lest we forget!  The annual Remembrance Day ceremony will take place at the cenotaph at Victoria Square at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 11. 

Citizens are encouraged to come out and honour the men and women who sacrificed for our freedom.  The new Vimy Oak has been planted next to town hall on the corner of LaPlanche and Victoria Street. This tree is not just an oak tree planted in a park. This tree represents a legacy and has been planted in honour of the many soldiers who fought in the battle of Vimy Ridge.

There will be a dedication ceremony to commemorate and honour the planting of our Vimy Oak and its history in honour of our soldiers and veterans following the Remembrance Day service at the planting site beside town hall.

The holiday season is fast approaching. The annual light-up celebration at Victoria Square on Friday, Nov. 17 will kick off the Christmas holiday with music starting at 6 p.m. and the light up at 7 p.m.  Join us for some Christmas songs by Rod & Daren from Second Toe and hot chocolate. 

Following the light up, make your way into the Baptist Church for a sing along with the ARHS Band. 

On Saturday, Nov. 18 the annual Christmas Parade will take place starting at 6 p.m. 

This year’s theme for the parade is 150 years of Spirit and Play. 

The parade route starts at the Eddy and Victoria Street intersection and finishes at the Amherst Centre mall. 

Following the parade enjoy hot chocolate, visits with Santa, music and float award presentations in Santa’s Village at the Amherst Centre mall. 

To register a float for the Christmas parade you can drop off an application at town hall. As part of our goal to be the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia, we encourage all to make this year’s parade a smoke-free experience! 

Our kick off to Christmas will continue for the Boston Tree Send-Off and Celebration on Sunday Nov. 19. 

The Tree for Boston will arrive in the Amherst Superstore parking lot at approximately 10:30 a.m. for its final farewell to Nova Scotia - its last stop before crossing the border.

In remembrance and gratitude of the City of Boston’s efforts during the Halifax Explosion in 1917, a Nova Scotia tree is given to the people of Boston each year. 

This Nova Scotia tree is lit in the Boston Common throughout the Christmas season.  Come take your picture with the tree and join this fun celebration and sendoff with live music and treats.   

The Amherst Stadium is hosting some exciting exhibition hockey action on Friday, Dec. 8, as Canada West takes on Team Russia as part of the World Junior A Hockey Challenge.

Game time will be 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

Tickets are now available at Amherst Town Hall, Amherst Stadium, Maltby Sports, and Crystal Cafe at Dayle's Grand Market for $10 a ticket.

Let’s glide into winter by skating! Stay tuned on the details for Canada’s National Skating Day! There will be a free skating party at the Amherst Stadium on Sunday, Dec.10 with entertainment and snacks!

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