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Salem Massachusetts Holiday Happenings

Christmas in Salem, Santa arriving atop the Hawthorne Hotel, a Trolley Christmas Carol - these are a few of my favorite things!  This year we are adding A Very Grinchey Holiday Special, a Holiday Stroll, and the second annual New Year's Eve Launch! to a wonderful holiday season in Salem.  

Whether you need a good dose of Ebenezer Scrooge, crave a night of Christmas Caroling, or have a shopping list that needs to be checked twice, Salem can fulfill your holiday dreams in true New England style. 

Join us for unique shopping during the first Salem Holiday Stroll on December 13, the Salem Winter Market on Thursdays at Artists' Row, and the new Salem Holiday Market on December 20.  You will find traditional holiday cheer at the Salem Tree Lighting on November 28, Santa's arrival atop the Hawthorne Hotel on December 5, and candy-themed holiday open houses at Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie and  Harbor Sweets.

You will find all of Salem's holiday happenings on the new Salem calendar.

I hope this month full of joy, cheer, festive lights, great food, and fun with friends and family finds you in Salem! 

Posted by Kate on 11/22 at 08:00 AM Permalink

Magical, Merry, and Bright: Great Holidays begin in Salem

Salem Mass Holiday Happenings

Santa Claus, Ebenezer Scrooge, and the Grinch will all make appearances in Salem during the annual celebration of Salem Holiday Happenings. Events for all ages will include Christmas in Salem Historic House Tours, A Very Grinchy Holiday Special at Gallows Hill Theatre, the first annual Salem Holiday Stroll, and the return of Salem’s New Year’s Eve Launch! event.All of the events planned during Salem Holiday Happenings can be found on the Salem Calendar at

Families will love greeting Santa when he arrives atop the historic Hawthorne Hotel, participating in a tree Menorah lighting ceremony, or stopping in at Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie for their annual holiday open house and candy making demonstration. Shoppers will delight at the first annual Salem Holiday Stroll, Winter Walk on the Wharf, at the new Holiday Art Market, and Salem Holiday Market.Cooks will want to visit the Salem Winter Market on Thursdays to stock their holiday kitchen and stockings with local produce and locally made gifts.

Shops will be open for extended hours for the holidays and Salem restaurants are ready to offer sustenance after shopping and gift certificates for the foodies on your shopping list.Seasonal road races, including the Wild Turkey 5 Mile Race on Thanksgiving and the Wicked Frosty Four on New Year’s Day, will provide the opportunity to burn off holiday calories while supporting a good cause. The season will come to a celebratory close with the second annual New Year’s Eve Launch! event, featuring an early evening of entertainment and crafts for the whole family, on December 31.

Several organizations, sites, and business groups produce events for Holiday Happenings. The complete calendar of events for Salem Holiday Happenings can be found at

Posted by Kate on 11/21 at 11:35 AM Permalink