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Holiday season kicking off with light up, parade

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

The annual downtown Holiday Christmas Light Up is Friday evening, Nov. 15, in Victoria Square. Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy live music by Steve Wells and hot chocolate. Join Mayor David Kogon in counting down the light up at 6:30pm.

Then make your way into the First Baptist Church and sing along with the Amherst Regional High School band starting at 7pm. 

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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 /Eddy streets.

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

Tree for Boston 

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

This year’s tree is coming from Pictou County.  Since 1971, Nova Scotia has been giving a Christmas tree to the people of Boston for their aid after the Halifax Explosion.

Craft Fair   

The Amherst Artisans Gallery presents Collins Christmas Craft Fair! Visit the Amherst Centre Mall from Nov. 15-17 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! Lightup B2

The ‘Best Booth Award’ will be presented on Sunday. Santa will be ready for photos in Santa’s Village throughout the weekend.  Admission is $3 or a family bracelet for $5.  Children under 12 are free.

Youth Drop-in Pick-up Hockey

New to the Amherst Stadium recreation skating schedule is Youth Drop-in Pick-Up Hockey! 

Offered during professional development days when students have no school on Friday Nov. 15 and Nov. 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 12:15pm to 12:45pm until December 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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-6503.

Glo Bingo

Glo Bingo - 90s style - 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 1990s! Grab your glow sticks and enjoy a night out of fun and entertainment.  Must be 19 years or older to attend.

What’s happening

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