Salem Holiday Gift Guide by Price

The holiday shopping season has officially begun in Salem, and to help you find something for everyone on your list, we’ve outlined some of our favorite local gift ideas by price.

Under $100

Outerwear & Sweaters

 

As the holidays approach, outerwear and sweaters are always at the top of the list for winter gift ideas. Many of Salem’s downtown clothing retailers stock high-quality jackets and sweaters, along with all the accessories you are sure to need to stay warm this winter. For just under $100, shop for weather-resistant outerwear at Avalanche Company Store or pick up a cozy sweater from J. Mode.

 

Jewelry

Salem has plenty of shops to help you find the right jewelry gifts this season. The Peabody Essex Museum Shop features pieces designed after current and past exhibitions as well as various motifs in the art world. Thinking of purchasing some jewelry but aren’t quite sure where to start? RJ Coins and Jewelry can help with ring-sizing, wish lists, and refreshments during Wish List Wednesdays (weekly through December 20).

 

Sweets & Treats

 

Tis the season to indulge in your sweet tooth, and what better way to do so than with some locally made chocolates? Candy gift sets are available from both Harbor Sweets and Ye Olde Pepper Companie, and a variety of sweet treats and gift items may also be found at Maria’s Sweet Somethings. For a more savory treat, visit Pamplemousse for a specialty gift basket or bottle of wine, or purchase a set of spice blends from Salem Spice.

Under $50

Accessories

Salem’s shops offer something for everyone on your list in terms of hats, gloves, scarves, handbags, and more. Whether you’re shopping for fans Harry Potter at Trolley Depot or a Lilly Pulitzer at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar, you’ll find all the accessories you need to complete your holiday shopping this season in downtown Salem.

 

Art & Home Décor

Whether you’re shopping for the new homeowner, art enthusiast, or modern witch, you can come across everything you need with a walk through downtown Salem. Handcrafted witch balls like the one shown above are sold at Crow Haven Corner, Artemisia Botanicals, Salemdipity, and the Witch History Museum Gift Shop, and additional witchy décor pieces like statuary, prints, and candles may be found around town at HausWitch Home + Healing, HEX: Old World Witchery, and Nu Aeon.

Original art and reproduction prints are available at the Peabody Essex Museum Shop and Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints. The shops on Artists’ Row also create beautiful décor pieces, accessories, and original paintings and prints. You can keep up with each shop’s hours and products online at the Artists’ Row Facebook page.

Under $25

Ornaments

Add a personal touch to your family’s tree with a Christmas ornament from your visit to Salem. Remember a visit to your favorite attraction with an ornament from The House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop, the Salem Witch Museum Store, or the Salem Maritime National Historic Site at Waite and Peirce or browse through a variety of styles from Halloween to Christmas themes at Partridge in a Bear Tree.

 

Mugs

Stay under $25 and impress the coffee and tea lovers on your list with uniquely “Salem” mugs. Pick up the Witch City mugs featured above at HausWitch Home + Healing, or find just the mug to go with your attraction ornaments at the Salem Witch Museum and The House of the Seven Gables.

 

Snacks

Score the sweetest stocking stuffers with made-in-Salem snacks! Pick up a couple of bags of popcorn from Popped! Gourmet Popcorn, or shop for candied treats gummy worms and “catch of the day” candy fish from Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie.

Can’t make it to Salem to shop in time for the holidays? Many local retailers have online shops in addition to their downtown storefronts. Visit our Shop page to view a complete list of retailers and learn more.

2017 Salem Restaurant Week

Salem Restaurant Week kicks off just one week from today! Organized by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Restaurant Week allows guests to enjoy specially crafted pre-fixe menus from 17 local favorite restaurants. This year’s event runs from December 3 to 7, and menus and contact information for each are available online. Prices per person are $20 or $30 and do not include beverages, tax, or gratuity.

Participating restaurants include Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, Aurora Restaurant & Wine Bar, Bella Verona, BonChon, Finz Seafood & Grill, Ledger Restaurant, Longboards Restaurant & Bar, Nat’s at the Hawthorne Hotel, Opus, Regatta Pub at the Salem Waterfront Hotel, Rockafellas, Salem Beer Works, Sea Level Oyster Bar, Smokin’ Betty’s BBQ + Bar, Thai Place, Turner’s Seafood at Lyceum Hall, and Victoria Station & Vic’s Boathouse. Complete information is available online at Salem-Chamber.org, and reservations are recommended.

Fall & Winter Fun in Salem, Massachusetts

Explore Salem this holiday season and make your own magic with holiday attractions, special events, comfort food, and pop-up shops.

Museums & Attractions

The House of the Seven Gables

This winter, learn about the 1668 mansion that inspired the famous novel and explore four centuries of Christmas celebrations in New England. The House of the Seven Gables is open year-round for guided tours with the special Four Centuries of Christmas Tour offered November 24 through December 31.

The House of the Seven Gables is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. The museum is closed for Thanksgiving and Christmas, and closes at 2:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. Visit 7Gables.org for admission rates and additional information.

Peabody Essex Museum

The Peabody Essex Museum’s latest exhibit Georgia O’Keeffe: Art, Image, Style opens on December 16 and runs through April 1, 2018. The exhibition will explore O’Keeffe’s impressive garments in the context of photographs and her paintings, some of which have never been displayed to the public before.

For an immersive experience into light and graphic design, visit XYZT: A Journey in Four Dimensions, which runs through April 22, 2018. This immersive exhibition is made up of virtual galleries where your movement interacts with light to change the art around you.

Break from your holiday prep and spend the evening at the museum during December’s PEM/PM After Hours Party: Cup of Cheer. Wear your favorite ugly sweater, create your own snow globe, enjoy small plates and festive cocktails, or hit up the dance floor. Event takes place on December 21, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. Admission to PEM/PM events is $12, or free for members, college students, and Salem residents (with ID).

The Peabody Essex Museum is open Tuesday – Sunday 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. Admission rates and exhibition details are available on PEM.org.

Salem Witch Museum

The Salem Witch Museum provides a year-round opportunity to learn the history behind the Salem Witch Trials with a presentation designed using actual trial documents, and an exhibition focusing on the changing perceptions of witches over time.

The Salem Witch Museum is open until 3:00 pm on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. The museum closes for annual maintenance January 2 – 5 and January 8 – 12. If visiting during this time call before you visit to confirm operating hours. Admission rates are available at SalemWitchMuseum.com.

Witch Pix

Witch Pix offers year-round photoshoot experiences to embrace your inner witch or wizard, with special Awkward Holiday photoshoots. With a variety of backdrops to choose from including sleigh rides, cozy living rooms, and wintery lights, along with festive holiday sweaters and accessories, Awkward Holiday shoots at Witch Pix offer winter fun for the whole family.

Awkward Holiday photo shoots are available November 5 – December 31. Witch Pix is open from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm (Tuesday – Sunday in November and December, and Thursday – Sunday January – March), and is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas. Appointments are encouraged and walk-ins are welcome, visit WitchPixofSalem.com for details.

Walking & Tours

To learn more about Salem’s history, take to the streets on a walking tour. Year-round walking tours like Hocus Pocus Tours and Salem Night Tour offer historical tours with information on the Salem Witch Trials, maritime history, Revolutionary history, and more, while Salem Food Tours offers A.M. Coffee Walks and tours focusing on Salem’s foodie scene and spice trade history. The Salem Trolley also runs from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday – Sunday during Thanksgiving weekend. Additional tours are offered on select dates in the winter months, so be sure to check our tour grid while planning your visit.

You can also embark on your own tour by following the Salem Heritage Trail or by picking up a self-guided walking tour brochure from the Salem Regional Visitor Center. During the winter months, the visitor center is open Wednesday – Sunday from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, and visitor information is also available Waite and Peirce at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site, which is open daily from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. Self-guided tour brochures can also be viewed online at NPS.gov/SaMA.

Special Events

Festivals take place all year in Salem! Salem Holiday Happenings take place November 25 – January 1, 2018, and include the annual Christmas in Salem Historic House Tours, Santa’s Arrival, and Launch! New Year’s Eve Celebrations. January brings the Salem Comedy and Spirits Festival which features stand-up comedy by the best local comedians and locally made spirits, and February features Salem’s So Sweet, Salem’s annual Valentines celebration with chocolate, ice sculptures around town, and more. View our Festivals page to see what’s going on each month in Salem.

Restaurants

Salem’s restaurants are open year-round, with many offering seasonal entrees perfect for a winter outing like warm soups, comfort food, hot teas and chocolate, and more. Check websites or contact restaurants in advance to confirm winter or holiday hours before your visit.

Bring your appetite with you for Restaurant Week! Organized by the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Restaurant Week runs December 3 – 7 and offers guests the opportunity to dine at local restaurants and enjoy multi-course meals at a pre-fixe price. Warm up throughout winter by embarking on your own hot chocolate crawl through downtown Salem or by reserving a holiday-themed high tea experience at Jolie Tea Company.

Shop

Get some holiday shopping done at some of Salem’s local small businesses during Small Business Saturday, or shop the Salem Winter Market for your favorite winter-season farmers’ market finds. Salem Main Streets organizes Festive Fridays, which encourages shops to stay open late each Friday in December to help with your last-minute holiday shopping, and holiday pop-up shops can be found throughout the season at Ocean Chic Boutique and Waterbar, Jolie Tea Company, J.Mode and Curtsy, and you can also visit the Peabody Essex Museum’s gift shop during regular museum hours and Mondays in November and December.

Plan your winter in Salem by creating your own adventure using the icons on our homepage or view a full list of seasonal hours by business.

Celebrate the Holidays with Santa’s Arrival and the Holiday Tree Lighting

Start the 2017 holiday season by catching Santa’s arrival and the annual holiday tree lighting with Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem. Santa arrives at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel at 6:00 pm on Friday, November 24 with assistance from the Salem Fire Department. Arrive early for the best view of Santa’s arrival and to enjoy carols and other family-friendly festivities.

Following Santa’s arrival, join the procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall to the holiday tree lighting at Lappin Park. Bring a lantern to carry during the procession (electric candles recommended) and join Santa and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll in lighting the holiday tree.

New for this year’s event, Salem Main Streets welcomes Angie Miller to lead holiday songs during the tree lighting. A North Shore native, Miller now resides in LA and is enjoying musical success under the name Zealyn, following her position as a finalist on American Idol.

View our events calendar for a complete listing of this year’s holiday events in Salem.

Salem Main Streets thanks the City of Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel, Gigi Gill, Remix Church, and the many other community partners who make these special events possible. This year’s tree was graciously donated by Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Francis of Salem in memory of Joseph R. Ingemi III, and secured and decorated by the City of Salem Tree Department, with assistance from Mayer Tree Service and Spencer Contracting with transportation and installation. Lights and decorations for the Holiday Tree were made possible by individual contributions and donations from a number of local businesses, including significant donations from Salem’s October visitors via Gigi Gill. The tree topper was created by Salem artist Scott Froeschl.

Happy Thanksgiving

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Best wishes for a safe and happy Thanksgiving from Destination Salem
to everyone who made Salem a great place to visit this year!
We are grateful for our visitors, our businesses, and our partners
who love the history, promote stories old and new,
and believe in the magic of Salem.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Small Business Saturday 2017 in Salem, MA

 

Salem, MA will celebrate Small Business Saturday with the support of the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Salem Main Streets, and a number of local small businesses. On November 25, head downtown and get some of your holiday shopping done at local small businesses, where you’ll be able to support the community while stocking up on some freebies and using discounts that are exclusive to this shopping event.

Small Business Saturday was founded in 2010 as a way of helping small businesses receive support from their communities during the holiday shopping season when many consumers are shopping at larger chain stores. In recent years, Small Business Saturday has also become part of a larger movement against Black Friday, the holiday shopping event that tends to run earlier into Thanksgiving each year. By shopping during Small Business Saturday instead of Black Friday, we are able to spend more time with our families on Thanksgiving while also supporting our community. For more information on the Shop Small movement, visit ShopSmall.com.

Many retail locations in Salem will be offering various discounts and promotions throughout Small Business Saturday. Shoppers can save 10% on homemade dog biscuits at New England Dog Biscuit Company and apparel purchases from Deacon Giles Distillery, 20% on gold and platinum jewelry from RJ Coins and Jewelry, and 10% on their total purchase from Ye Olde Pepper Companie with mention of their Facebook page. For even more Small Business Saturday fun, get the family together an awkward sweater photoshoot at Witch Pix. Be sure to check out the full list of retailers at Salem-Chamber.org/Small-Business-Saturday! In addition to discounts and seasonal items, select retail locations including the House of the Seven Gables Gift Shop, are providing samples of holiday treats for guests.

A number of restaurants in Salem have joined retailers in promoting Small Business Saturday. Dine at Flying Saucer Pizza Company and enjoy a complimentary Spaceballs appetizer with your meal, or head next door to Gulu-Gulu Café and purchase a gift card with a 10% discount. Visit Jolie Tea Company to enjoy a free pumpkin spice madeleine with your order, and enjoy a free candy following your meal at Thai Place. To give the gift of dining in Salem with some extra savings, pick up a gift certificate for KOTO Asian Grill where you’ll receive an extra $10 with a $50 gift card purchase, and $15 with a $75 gift card purchase.

For more information on Small Business Saturday in Salem, including a complete list of participating businesses, please visit Salem-Chamber.org, and view the complete events calendar for the holiday weekend here.

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