Holidays in quaint Americana offer a special glow to the heart when people smile and say, “Welcome,” and really mean it. That happens in Amherst.
Find out for yourself as Miracle on Main Street Dec. 7 in downtown Amherst packs an evening full of bustle beginning with Steele High School Madrigals singing at 5:45 p.m. at the town hall at 206 S. Main St.
At 6 p.m., the 10th annual Christmas Parade begins at Amherst Library at 221 Spring St., and follows Park Avenue to the town hall. The Amherst Marching Comets strut their stuff, followed by local groups and celebrities such as Santa Claus.
After the parade, everyone gathers at the band stand in front of city hall for prayer, caroling led by the Madrigals, then a traditional tree lighting.
Shops will display luminaries to show they are open for business. Feel free to browse.
Activities are inside the Main Street Amherst building at 255 Park Ave. Mrs. Claus’ Kitchen will be open to welcome youngsters. And the Papay family offers a traditional model train table for viewing.
As a special site to ponder while you’re in town, across Park Avenue from the Main Street Amherst building is a series of murals honoring veterans painted by Amherst artist Mike Sekletar and friends.
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