The illumination is only one part of the merriest downtown Amherst events. The Lighting of the Merry Maple 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 – Horse Drawn Rides: by Muddy Brook Farm (arrive/depart main Town Common)
Atkins Farms Cider Donuts and Cider, and S'Mores & Firepits hosted by Amherst College (on Spring Street Lot)
4:30 pm – Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus (Inn on Boltwood Front Steps)
5:00 pm – Lighting of the Merry Maple (on the main Town Common), Lights courtesy of the Amherst BID, next to the Arches!
5:30 pm – UMass Marching Band parade: Santa will be delivered by the Amherst Fire Department and accompanied by the UMass Marching Band, and joined by Flakey of Amherst Recreation for photos. Sing-alongs and merry fun with our sponsors.
Presenting Sponsor – bankESB
Supporting Sponsor – Amherst College
In partnership with – Muddy Brook Farm, Down Right Productions, District Attorney David E. Sullivan, Amherst Recreation, Amherst Fire Department, Amherst Police Department