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Amherst ready to kick off the holiday season


We are ready to kick off the holiday season! Town crews have been busy putting up lights, lights, and more lights! Amherst is in the holiday spirit, with Christmas bake and craft sales, Christmas luncheons, the Festival of Trees, and so much more coming over the next few weeks! For an up to date schedule of events, please visit our community calendar 

The annual light up celebration at Victoria Square tonight 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 and 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. 

The First Baptist Church will also be hosting a luncheon and craft sale earlier that day from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

There are a number of community events, craft and bake sales happening around Amherst on Saturday, including the CNA Fall Market, 9 Artist-1 Studio at Deanne Fitzpatrick Studio, and the Amherst Curling Club open house.

The annual Christmas Parade will take place on Saturday 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 refreshments, visits with Santa, entertainment, and float award presentations in Santa’s Village at the Amherst Centre mall. 

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 approx. 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 send-off 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 going fast and 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 skate together! We will be hosting a skating party to celebrate Canada’s National Skating Day! On Sunday, Dec. 10 there will be a free skating party at the Amherst Stadium with entertainment and snacks.

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

If you have questions, community events and information to share, email or call 902-667-6500.



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