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Merry Maple Memorial

The Amherst Area Chamber of Commerce and the Amherst Business Improvement District want to honor the light and joy the Merry Maple brought our community.

Our beautiful tree has completed its cycle of life, and, while saddened at the loss, we recognize the caring and careful stewardship of Tree Warden, Alan Snow. An excellent way to commemorate the spirit of the Merry Maple is to become part of the Amherst Public Shade Tree Planting Project.

We'd love to hear and see your memories of the Merry Maple in all its seasons, so enjoy the gallery below, and email your reminiscences to, and be sure to check out our evolving Holiday Traditions.

A maple tree illuminates Amherst's town center Dec. 2, 2016 during the Merry Maple Festival and Tree Lighting.

Enjoy the Recording of 2020 Lighting of the Merry Maple

The Merry Maple Lights the End of 2020

The tradition continues in Amherst! The annual lighting of the Merry Maple will once again brighten up our downtown with a livestream of Santa arriving to flick the switch. In an effort to keep us all healthy and safe, our program is going virtual!


44th Lighting of the Merry Maple Photo Album Available

The Amherst Area Chamber celebrated the 44th Annual Lighting of the Merry Maple on Friday, December 6, 2019 on the Amherst Town Commons. View photo album. View Photo Album


The Partners That Make This Event Possible...

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