The illumination is only one part of the merriest downtown Amherst events. The Very Merry Maple Festival & Tree Lighting will include the following festivities:
3-6 pm – Fire Station Open House: Visit the Amherst Fire Department and experience a life-size fire engine with all its bells and whistles.
4-6 pm – Hayrides: by Muddy Brook Farm (arrive/depart from Town Common)
Donuts and Cider (in front of Town Hall Steps – on N Common)
4:30 pm – Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus (Town Hall Steps)
4:45 pm – Lighting of A Very Merry Maple tree, Lights courtesy of the Amherst BID
5:30 pm – UMass Marching Band parade: Santa will be delivered by the Amherst Fire Department and accompanied by the UMass Marching Band. Sing-alongs and merry fun with our sponsors.
6:30 pm – Visit with Santa: March to Amherst History Museum, at the Strong House (located next to the Jones Library) and take a picture with Santa and enjoy treats! (Use your own camera/phone!) – District Attorney, David Sullivan returns as Santa.
“bankESB is proud to once again be the Presenting Sponsor of the lighting of the Merry Maple,” said bankESB President and CEO Matthew S. Sosik. “We are excited to continue supporting this time honored-tradition as it evolves and we look forwarding to celebrating the holiday season with the Amherst community.”