The Luminaria Event on the Town Common opens the week of WinterFest in Amherst MA. Stroll the pathways, sip some hot chocolate and enjoy the beauty of hundreds of candle lights in bags decorated by area schools. Candles courtesy of Yankee Candle. Free hot chocolate at La Veracruzana. Special food and drink for sale outdoors on the patio of 30 Boltwood. Musical performances, including the Amherst College DQ at 5:30. Activities for children, including face painting. Warming stations and free hand warmers courtesy of sponsor TD Bank. Grace Episcopal Church offers a musical warming station from 6-7 pm with special choral performances of songs about light and illumination and samples from the songbook Lift Every Voice and Sing, Volume II by Horace Boyer.