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Deck the Halls, Houses and Flowerbeds

The festive season has officially been kicked off in Amherst!

The Holiday Light-Up has taken place; Santa has visited us on his parade float; the Tree for Boston has come and gone, and Amherst is merry and bright for this holiday season.

Now is the time to deck the halls with boughs of holly, fir and pine! Fa la la! Whatever your choice may be to decorate your homes, did you know evergreen boughs also add valuable winter protection to your flower beds?

Not only do they help to protect your plants from over exposure to road salt, they also provide a nice blanket for the plants underneath and help limit the amount of freezing and thawing your garden may see over the winter months. Protecting your beds during the winter can help improve the quality of your beds come springtime.

If you happen to have extra boughs, why not use them to spruce up the outside of your home. Try placing them along a railing, or stuff them into your winter hardy pots or planters with some berries to provide seasonal interest outside throughout the winter months. It’s amazing what a little bit of greenery can do to boost your holiday décor.

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As you may have noticed over the past couple of years the Town of Amherst has worked hard to redesign and improve our winter décor for residents and visitors to enjoy. We encourage you and your families to come and enjoy the lights, and let the brightness of our new lights boost your day.

There are so many beautiful holiday displays on our town’s homes and businesses this season. We encourage you to take an evening stroll to take them all in, and to feel the Christmas spirit, which is alive and well in Amherst this holiday season!

Beat the Holiday Stress by walking 

When the weather gets dreary, please come and enjoy the indoor walking track at the Amherst Stadium or take a stroll along the Big Block Walk downtown. The walking will help you reduce the stress of the holidays.

The stadium also offers free recreational skating as part of our goal to become the most active, healthy community in Nova Scotia.  See Amherst.ca for full holiday recreational skating schedule.

Exciting upcoming events happening in Amherst:

2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl – Dec 6-7 

Looking for a fun way to spend some time and get some delicious treats? Why not join the 2019 Amherst Cookie Crawl, happening on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7. Tickets can be purchased at www.2019amherstcookiecrawl.eventbrite.ca

Buy your ticket now, then bring it to town hall on Friday, Dec. 6, between noon and 4:30 p.m., to pick up your tin and map of participating Amherst businesses. On Friday evening and all-day Saturday, visit each of the locations to fill your tin with delicious Christmas cookies!

Victorian Christmas

On Saturday, Dec. 14, make holiday shopping a joy with the sounds, sights and scents of a traditional Christmas. Costumed carollers, horse-drawn wagon tours and a Victorian photo booth will help you make wonderful memories with friends and family.

Town of Amherst volunteer nominations

Volunteers are the backbone of any community. Without them many events and opportunities would not take place. We need your help to identify those who do so much for their community and help keep Amherst a great place to live, work, and play.

Nomination forms can be found at town hall, the stadium and at https://www.amherst.ca/submit-a-request-form.html.  

Provincial nominations are also being accepted in three categories: Representative Volunteer, Youth Volunteer and Family Volunteer.

What’s happening

Learn what is happening around the community by visiting 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 902-667-6500.

Here is a taste of what’s happening around Amherst:

  • Friday, Nov. 29 – 7 p.m. - Christmas Carol Sing – Trinity-St. Stephen’s United Church
  • Saturday, Nov. 30 – 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Christmas Bazaar and Soup Luncheon - Christ Church Parish Hall
  • Friday, Dec. 6 – 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Annual Giant Book Sale - Four Fathers Memorial Library
  • Saturday, Dec. 7 – 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Deck the Halls 2019 Christmas House Tour - Tickets available at First Baptist Church