Santa is scheduled to arrive in Salem, via sleigh, of course, atop the historic Hawthorne Hotel on Friday, November 27 at 6:00 PM. With assistance from the Salem Fire Department, the jolly ol' elf will descend via the traditional ladder truck to meet the children below. Bring the whole family for carols, festivities, and fun!
Santa’s arrival will be followed by a procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall to Lappin Park (next to the Bewitched Statue at the intersection of Essex Street and Washington Street), where Santa and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll will light the Holiday Tree.
Salem Collective of Artists and Musicians (SCAM) is leading a project to make lanterns that will make our procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall more festive. A free workshop will take place at the Salem Arts Center (179 Essex Street) on Sunday, Nov. 22 from 2 pm to 5 pm, so you can make your own lanterns in advance of the Tree Lighting! Workshop attendees are encouraged to bring clean, empty, clear (or translucent) 2-liter or half-gallon plastic bottles that can be “up-cycled” into handmade lanterns. Even if you can’t make the workshop, please feel free to bring your own lanterns or lights from home for the tree lighting.