Lighting of the Merry Maple, December 1


Merry. Maple 2015. Photo:


The annual lighting of the Merry Maple will take place on Friday December 1 on the town common with a slate of activites planned from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. and the lighting ceremony at 5 p.m.

The Lighting of the Merry Maple will include the following festivities:
3-6 p.m. – Fire Station Open House:  Visit the Amherst Fire Department and experience a life-size fire engine with all its bells and whistles.

4-6 p.m. – 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 p.m. – Amherst Regional Middle School Chorus (Inn on Boltwood Front Steps)

5:00 p.m. – Lighting of the Merry Maple (on the main Town Common), Lights courtesy of the Amherst Business Improvement District, next to the Arches!

5:30 p.m. – UMass Marching Band parade: Santa will be delivered by the Amherst Fire Department and accompanied by the UMass Marching Band, and joined by Flakey (the mascot of the annual Winterfest celebration in Amherst) 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 FarmDown Right ProductionsDistrict Attorney David E. SullivanAmherst RecreationAmherst Fire DepartmentAmherst Police Department

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1 thought on “Lighting of the Merry Maple, December 1

  1. Please note the photo is the old Merry Maple, cut down before its time. Perhaps a moment of silence would be appropriate for the schedule on December 1st?……Nah! Who wants to be reminded of yet another misguided action taken by town employees for the sake of convenience or the general disregard for trees that benefit everyone 24/7/365. Sorry to be such a Grinch but have you heard? “It’s the Climate Crisis, Stupid!”

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