Holiday kick off Festive season underway in Amherst

The Town of Amherst launched the holiday season in a big way over the Nov. 17-18 weekend. Festivities started with a light up in Victoria Square. It was followed by a parade that had a record number and entries. Then Amherst hosted the Tree For Boston, when it made its last stop in the province before heading to the American city. Here is a photo essay commemorating the weekend.

Councillors Darrell Jones, Vince Byrne, Wayne MacKenzie and Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie led the countdown to the light up that transformed Victoria Square into....
... A paradise of light.
People were well entertained by Steve Wells.
Some listened to the music. Others made their own entertainment
Many just walked around the square to marvel at the lights.

The light up was followed a parade that had a record number of entries

Fire engines, little ponies and Amherst town councillors led the parade
Everyone was in a festive mood
Floats came in all shapes and sizes.
The crowd applauded as the floats went by.
It kept applauding as even more floats passed them.
Holiday music was the theme of the parade and everyone seemed to be singing, while others offered a hug or a thumbs up to the activity.
There were bands, more floats and a holiday train
Some waved back as the floats went by. Others waited patiently for Santa...
Who arrived with waves for everyone.
Following the parade, Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie presented trophies to the winners: Best over all theme - Park Your Paws first; Autism N.S. second, Rick's Funny Farm, third. Best Commercial Float - Cumberland Municipality (small float), Harrison's Home Hardware (large float). Best Charity non-profit - L.A. Animal Shelter. Best Youth Involvement - Country View 4H. Dayles Best Light-up Display - Sobeys

The day after the light up and parade, the Tree for Boston - Nova Scotia's gift to the American city in recognition of the assistance it provided following the Halifax Explosion - made a stop in Amherst.

The tree arrived shortly after 10 a.m.
Truck driver Dave was greeted by Recreation Director Bill Schurman and Mayor David Kogon. The mayor and Dave then posed for a picture with the tree.
They weren't the only ones to pose for the tree or gathered to have a look at it.
Amherst Youth Town Council members handed out healthy snacks and hot chocolate while folks danced to music provided by the Terrio Sisters.
Mayor David Kogon welcomed the crowd before he, Deputy-Mayor Sheila Christie and Recreation Director Bill Schurman attached an "Amherst decoration" onto the tree.

Mayor Kogon, members of council and Town of Amherst staff wish everyone a festive and safe holiday and a happy new year.


Tom McCoag / Town of Amherst

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