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Stay active this holiday season

‘Tis the season to enjoy time with family and friends. 

Keeping your body in balance during the holidays is important for your health. Drinking lots of water, eating vegetables, monitoring sweets, regular sleeping hours and daily movement will leave you feeling fresh and energized for lots of holiday socializing.

Staying active is one of the best ways to keep your heart and lungs healthy. With the cooler temperatures setting in, the indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium is the perfect place to enjoy a safe, dry walk.

With the pressures of the busy holiday season building, walking can also help you maintain a healthy weight, strengthen bones and muscles, improve your mood and helpWalk1 B relieve stress. Come enjoy the free indoor walking track that is open daily. 

The December recreation schedule includes daily holiday skating at the Amherst Stadium. Helmets are required for ALL public skating. 

Skates and helmets are available for lending free of charge, as part of the town’s Physical Activity Strategy, which supports an active, healthy Amherst. Snowshoes and Nordic trekking poles will become available for lending once the snow starts falling. Adult and children sizes are available. 

Part of our holiday activity schedule includes town-sponsored free swims at the YMCA on Dec. 23, Dec. 28 and Jan. 4. Youth under seven must be accompanied by a swimming adult. 

Please visit https://amherst.ca/community-events-calendar.html  for an up-to-date full stadium and community event schedule. 

Victorian Christmas

It’s a Victorian Christmas in downtown Amherst on Saturday, Dec. 14.  Enjoy the sights and sounds of a traditional Christmas with carollers, horse-drawn carriage rides and a Victorian photo booth located at Focal Point Photography and Framing. 

Free family-first activities and events are offered throughout the year by the Town of Amherst as we work together to build a stronger, healthier community.

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Holiday safety tips

Amherst is filled with many beautiful lights and decorations this holiday season. Stay safe in your home and minimize your risk by following some of these safety tips:

  • If you have a real Christmas tree up in your house, remember to water it daily.
  • Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like heat vents or lights, and away from high traffic areas.
  • Check light strings and extension cords before use, discard any that have frayed or exposed wires, loose connections or broken sockets.
  • Always turn off your Christmas lights before going to bed.
  • Avoid plugging too many lights and decorations into one outlet.

New Year’s Eve celebration

Join us at the Amherst Stadium for our sixth annual New Year’s Eve Family Celebration. From 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. enjoy skating, ice colouring, entertainment by Liz & Ben – Dynamic Duo, a photo booth and chili. This will be followed by the biggest roof-top fireworks show around. It’s all FREE in support of our family-first, alcohol-and-smoke-free initiative!   

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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 902-667-3352.