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Amherst’s Christmas holiday kickoff begins Nov. 15 with light-up in Victoria Square

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With six weeks until Christmas Amherst will be kicking off the holidays this weekend with craft sales, downtown holiday light up, a Christmas Parade and shopping!

The annual downtown Holiday Christmas Light Up is Friday evening, Nov. 15 downtown in Victoria Square.

Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy live music by Steve Wells and hot chocolate.

Join Mayor Kogon in counting down the light up at 6:30 p.m. Then make your way into the First Baptist Church and sing along with the ARHS Band starting at 7 p.m.

This year’s theme for the Amherst Christmas Parade is Light up the Night Traditional Christmas.

The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 16 at 6 p.m., starting from downtown on Victoria Street/Eddy Street.

Following the parade float awards will be given out at the Amherst Centre Mall, along with a chance to visit with Santa in Santa’s Village.

The Tree for Boston will be stopping once again at the Amherst Atlantic Superstore Sunday morning, Nov. 17. Join us as we send off the tree as it makes its way to Boston from 10 to 11 a.m.

This year’s tree gift to Boston is coming from Pictou County.

1971, Nova Scotia has been giving a Christmas tree to the people of Boston for their aid after the Halifax Explosion.

The Amherst Artisans Gallery presents Collins Christmas Craft Fair at the Amherst Centre Mall from Nov. 15 to 17 for arts, crafts, food, and entertainment in support of local not-for-profit organizations.

Maritime exhibitors will be featuring painting, photography, crafts, sculpting, jewelry, greeting cards, woodworking, seascape crafts, antiques and more!

The Best Booth Award will be presented on Sunday. Santa will be ready for photos in Santa’s Village and photographer throughout the weekend.

Admission prices are $3 or a family bracelet for $5. Children under 12 are free.

New to the Amherst Stadium recreation skating schedule is Youth Drop-in Pick-Up Hockey! It will be offered during PD when students have no school on Friday, Nov. 15 and 29.

Other free skates offered are Adult/Senior, Parents & Tots, After School Skating and public skating.

Adult Learn to Skate for beginner skaters runs on Thursdays from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m. until Dec. 5. Skates and helmets are available for lending free of charge at the stadium through the Town of Amherst’s equipment lending program, part of our Physical Activity Strategy supporting active, healthy Amherst.

A full stadium schedule can be found at Amherst.ca. For ice rentals and bookings please email ccrocker@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6503.

90’s edition Glo Bingo will have the Amherst Fire station pumping on Friday, Nov. 22! It’s bingo under the black light with DJ Neal spinning the best of the 90s! Grab your glow sticks and enjoy a night out of fun and entertainment. Must be 19 years or older to attend.

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting amherst.ca for our free community events listing and follow us on Facebook and twitter. If you have questions, community events and information to share, email amherstrecreation@amherst.ca or call 902-667-6500.

Tamara Porter is the active living co-ordinator for the Town of Amherst

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