5 Must-Do’s During Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival

Celebrate Valentine’s Day in Salem with the sweetest event of the year during the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival! The festival co-hosted by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce features an annual chocolate and wine tasting, stunning ice sculptures, deals and promotions, and more. Get the most out of your visit to Salem’s So Sweet with our five must-do’s:

1. Ice Sculptures Around Town

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

This year’s ice sculptures make their debut on Saturday, February 10 with themes including “Love Potion #9,” a Dragon, the Salem State University Superfan, the Gloucester Fisherman, Princess and Frog, and more! From 12:00 pm – 4:00 pm on Saturday and Sunday, get around town with the Salem Trolley for just $2 for adults (free for children, and weather permitting). For a complete list of sculptures, and a map of the festival pick up a guide from a local shop or visit SalemSoSweet.com.

2. Special Illuminated Stroll with Retonica

Salem's So Sweet ice sculptures

Photo: John Andrews.

Stay downtown after dinner on Saturday for an evening stroll to see the ice sculptures lit up by Retonica. Grab some hot chocolate and take your time exploring as the ice sculptures will be illuminated from 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm.

3. Golden Ticket Promotions

Salem's So Sweet Ye Olde Pepper Companie

During the festival’s Golden Ticket Promotions, make a full-priced purchase at one participating business to earn 10% off the next one! Downtown businesses will offer additional chocolate and Valentines-inspired sweets and treats during the festival. Offers are valid only February 10-11 and some restrictions apply. A list of participating locations may be found in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

4. Additional Events

Salem's So Sweet House of the Seven Gables

Salem’s So Sweet doesn’t stop there! Additional events around town include a pop-up event and cask beer release with Goodnight Fatty at Notch Brewing, the Pop Rocks Pop-Up Craft Market at Old Town Hall, and Dearest Dove featuring readings of love letters by Nathaniel and Sophia Hawthorne at the House of the Seven Gables. View a complete list of events in the Salem’s So Sweet map and online.

5. Annual Chocolate & Wine Tasting Event

Salem's So Sweet chocolate wine tasting

Tickets for this year’s event are sold out. Be sure to follow Salem’s So Sweet on Facebook to be the first to know when tickets go on sale for next year’s Chocolate & Wine Tasting. Salem’s So Sweet kicks off with a Chocolate & Wine Tasting event on Friday, February 9 at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas. Satisfy your sweet tooth with chocolate samplings and sip wine from local restaurants, stores, and sweet shops, and enjoy live music by Molly Pinto Madigan during this annual kick-off event.

Visit SalemSoSweet.com for more information about this year’s festival, and share your Salem’s So Sweet adventures by using #salemsosweet.