Light up kicks off Christmas in Amherst
AMHERST - Low temperatures meant the Christmas light up at Victoria Square in downtown Amherst wasn’t as crowded as past years but the weather didn’t prevent people from packing into the First Baptist Church afterwards to sing along to Christmas music played by the Amherst Regional High School Band.
People then bundled up and shuffled across the street to Dayle’s Department Store where kids from Spring Street Academy Ele- mentary School gathered to sing Christmas carols. The kids sang in honour of their music teacher Ruth Nichols who recently passed away.
“The kids love the light up. We keep growing every year with more and more lights,” said Amherst Mayor Robert Small after the celebrations. “And a big thank you to the Baptist Church for their participation every year in the light up, and then to cap the night off at Dayle’s. That’s so unique. You don’t see that kind of display anywhere else. We’re thankful to them for participating every year as well.”
After the lighting ceremony, the ARHS Band played Christmas carols while people sang along to the music in the First Baptist Church Friday night, which was filled with Christmas carolers.
Amherst Mayor Robert Small made some introductions while kids, mothers and fathers gathered for the Christmas light up Friday night in Amherst. Small had kids come up on stage to help him push the plunger to light up the trees in Victoria Square.