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Kicking off the holiday season with light up, parade

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

The annual downtown Christmas Light Up is Friday evening, Nov. 16, downtown in Victoria Square.  Starting at 6 p.m., enjoy live music by Steve Wells and hot chocolate.  Join Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie 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 “Christmas Songs.” The parade will be held on Saturday, Nov. 17, at 6 p.m., starting from downtown on Victoria Street-Eddy streets. 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. 18.  Join us from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. as we send off the treeBoston tree 1 as it makes its way to Boston. This year’s tree gift to Boston is coming from Cumberland County for the first time. It’s a 14-meter white spruce from a family in Oxford, N.S.  This year marks the 101st anniversary of the Halifax Explosion. 

Holiday Book Bazaar

Meet your favorite authors and have your books signed at the Nimbus Publishing Holiday Book Bazaar taking place inside Dayle’s Grand Market this weekend, November 17, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.!

Nimbus Publishing and Maritime Mosaic are hosting more than 40 of Atlantic Canada’s celebrated authors who will have their books available for sale and signing! Start your holiday shopping while enjoying treats and prizes. Meet David Myles and get your signed copy of Santa Never Brings Me a Banjo!

New comedy by Showcase Productions

Showcase Productions presents “and that’s the way it’ll always be,” a new musical comedy written by Patrick McWade. The play will take place upstairs in Dayle’s Grand Market, 129 Victoria St, with show times at 7 p.m. on Nov. 15, 16 and 17.  Tickets are $10. They are on sale at Bliss Café in Dayle’s Grand Market or can be purchased at the door. 

Christmas Craft Fair

The Amherst Artisans Gallery presents Collins Christmas Craft Fair!  Visit the Amherst Centre Mall from Nov. 16-18 for arts, crafts, food, and entertainment. 

With more than 70 Maritime exhibitors featuring painting, photography, crafts, sculpting, jewelry, greeting cards, woodworking, seascape crafts, antiques and more, this will be a fair you won’t want to miss. Lightup 1

Santa will be ready for photos in Santa’s Village and a wrapping station will be provided by the Air Cadets.  The entrance fee is $5 for the Craft Fair or a dollar off with a donation of a non-perishable food item for the Amherst Food Bank. 

What's happening

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

  • Downtown Christmas Light up
  • Collins Christmas Craft Show
  • Amherst Christmas Parade
  • David Myles Book Signing
  • Tree for Boston Send off
  • And that’s the way it will always be – Musical Comedy