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The First Salem Holiday Stroll

Holiday Stroll

Whether you are shopping for gifts or on a quest for holiday cheer, Salem will be a winter wonderland this weekend as our first (annual, we hope!) Holiday Stroll and the Winter Walk on the Wharf converge with Santa, Elsa, and refreshments all day!  

Shops will be open late on Saturday, December 15, and many will be offering promotions and discounts, and serving refreshments.  Santa will be at the Happy Sunflower on Pickering Wharf from 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM on Saturday, and Elsa will be having brunch at Finz on Sunday morning.  Local Boy Scout troops will be selling wreaths and providing a gift wrap station on Saturday in Derby Square, and more than 40 businesses have decked their halls for the annual Holiday Window Contest.

The Salem Holiday Stroll is produced by Salem Main Streets.  You can find the Holiday Stroll & Window Contest flyer online and at participating businesses this week, and you can vote for your favorite holiday window until December 13! 

Visit the Salem Calendar for a complete list of Holiday Happenings and Salem events.

Posted by Kate on 12/10 at 10:36 AM Permalink

Shop Salem this Season: Pickering Wharf

Pickering Wharf is hosting their Winter Walk on the Wharf this weekend, December 12 - 14. Santa will make an appearance at The Happy Sunflower on Saturday at 1:00 PM, and Elsa (you know, from Frozen?) will be appearing at Finz on Sunday. Participating businesses will be offering holiday promotions, and there will be plenty of holiday cheer to get you in the spirit of shopping for the holidays! 

Wondering who you should shop for in the boutiques and specialty shops of Pickering Wharf?  Here are a few ideas for you.

The Happy Sunflower

You will find hostess gifts, teachers gifts, stocking stuffers galore at The Happy Sunflower. Personalized ornaments, punny painted signs, candles, and lots of fun, pretty things will have you crossing names off your list.

Ocean Chic Boutique

You can buy Vineyard Vines on Pickering Wharf? Yes, you can. And you can also find Lily Pulitzer. These delightfully preppy brands are available at Ocean Chic Boutique, along with lots of other less-famous, yet equally fashionable, brands. You'll be crossing your nieces, sisters, and friends off your list with great necklaces, scarves, and accessories. Ladies, you'll want to pick up a pair of fleece-lined leggings for yourself while you're there.  


The newest edition to the shops at Pickering Wharf is Hedringtons. Tucked in next to Magika, in the center of the circle, Hedringtons is a lovely boutique specializing in custom furniture work, unique gifts for the home, candles, and accessories. They also have some great hats for men and women. A hand-turned bowl could be the perfect gift for that person on your list who has everything!

Salem Spice

The cooks on your list will want one of each from Salem Spice. In addition to an excellent assortment of spices, you will find cookware and kitchenware that would be welcome gifts for any foodie. Salem Spice Mulling Spices make great teacher gifts, especially when paired with a cute mug!

The Crafter's Market

The Crafter's Market has great holiday gifts, including ornaments, home decor, gifts for families, gifts for babies, and fun stocking stuffers. A friend swears by the slippers sold at The Crafters' Market (machine washable and cosy!) and their upside-down ornament tree is worth checking out! 


Whether you are shopping for a gift or shopping for yourself, there are treasures to be found at Flirt. From accessories to clothes to shoes, you can find your holiday outfit and a gift or two for your friends.


You will find magical gifts at Enchanted, including custom made hats, locally made broomsticks, jewelry (which will be on sale - 20% off during the Walk), and books. Laurie Cabot is expected to be in store this weekend signing copies of her new book. 

You will also find ornaments and eclectic gifts (Dr. Who, anyone?) at Salemdipity, home decor and Edward John Design, more magic at Nu Aeon, gifts for your four-legged friends at Day of the Dog, unique gifts at Scarlet Letter Press, and gifts for the fishy and fish-minded at Joe's Fish Prints. Take advantage of the Winter Walk on the Wharf this weekend to check out Pickering Wharf and Shop Local, Shop Salem! 

This weekend will also be the first annual Salem Holiday Stroll. Find information on all of the events happening in Salem on

Posted by Kate on 12/09 at 03:36 PM Permalink