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Busy weekend kicks off Yarmouth's holiday season

Huge crowds attended the Nov. 24 lighting ceremony for the Town of Yarmouth's Christmas tree and Frost Park.
Huge crowds typically attend the lighting ceremony for the Town of Yarmouth's Christmas tree and Frost Park. This year the event will be held on Nov. 22. Tina Comeau Photo

Christmas tree and Frost Park lighting, Merry Madness on Friday, followed by Candy Cane Lane festival on Saturday

YARMOUTH, N.S. —

There's lots going on in the Town of Yarmouth this weekend. 
The annual Christmas tree and Frost Park lighting, hosted by the town and municipality, will take place at Yarmouth Town Hall Friday, Nov. 22, at 6 p.m. Workers have spent many hours decorating trees, shrubs, the look-off and gazebo to create a Christmas wonderland. Carollers and hot chocolate will add to the experience.
Merry Madness – a one-night shopping event held on the same date – will be held in downtown Yarmouth. With the purchase of a ticket, participants receive a merchant passport, a chance to win a gift basket and a commemorative gift. Complimentary beverages or snacks will be available at various shops and food establishments. The event supports the Yarmouth Fuel Bank. Tickets are $15 and are available at City Drug Store, KJR Jewelry, Tooie’s Country Store or The Style Merchant on Hawthorne Street.

A special event is also being held in Frost Park on Friday evening after the tree lighting in front of the town hall. At 7 p.m. a purple tree will be lit in Frost Park in memory of MaCali Cormier. Purple was the young girl's favourite colour. 
On Saturday, Nov. 23, Main Street, from Grand to Forest streets, will be closed from 1 to 9 p.m. to prepare for the Candy Cane Lane Festival, which takes place from 5 to 8 p.m. from Forest Street to Frost Park. 
The event will feature stationary floats, walkers, displays and music. Festival guests will be able to bring items to donate to local charities, walk through Candy Cane Lane and see the candy cane memorials on display in Frost Park. Visitors may access the festival from any of the side streets, as well as Frost Park or Forest Street. 
Karen’s Candy Canes will have about 10 wheelchairs available for those who need a little extra help getting around the Candy Cane Lane event. Each wheelchair comes with a “candy cane assistant” who will navigate through the festival route so riders can enjoy an unobstructed view of the festival. Wheelchairs will be set up in and around the Collins Street and Alma Square area. For more info email, or call 902-307-3503.

Transit map during Candy Cane Lane festival.
Transit map during Candy Cane Lane festival.

Transit info

Transit Service Notice for Candy Cane Lane Festival
The Town of Yarmouth Transit Service will provide extended hours of service on Saturday, Nov. 23, for the Candy Cane Lane Festival. Service will be extended until 9 p.m. with normal fares in effect.
Stops will occur at Main Street and Forest Street and Main Street and Porter Street (Firefighters Museum). However, the usual stop at Main Street and Alma Square will be moved to Willow Street in front of the post office. These changes will be in effect from 2 to 9 p.m. 

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