Salem Holiday Happenings have arrived and our calendar is packed with ways to spend the season in Salem. With holiday markets =, incredible comfort food, and events for the whole family, there is always something merry and bright to explore this time of year in Salem.
Shop small with local retailers
Salem has holiday markets that take place all around town throughout the season, each offering something for everyone on your list. Find everything from dark arts and oddities to uniquely handcrafted gifts, and made in Salem goods. Find markets at Old Town Hall and at hotels, restaurants, and breweries around Salem. Learn more here.
Can’t make it to a holiday market? Shop local around town and you’ll come across locally made candles at Witch City Wicks, expertly blended teas at Jolie Tea Company, and so much more. Experience a uniquely Salem yet totally fashionable vintage-style store, Modern Millie. Our downtown shopping district even includes sweets and treats made right here in Salem at Harbor Sweets, Kakawa Chocolates, and Maria’s Sweet Somethings, and everything to satisfy the gourmet foodies on your list with Pamplemousse and The Cheese Shop of Salem. Stop by New England Dog Biscuit Company and Penelope’s Pet Boutique located at Coon’s Card & Gift Shop for toys, treats, and more to make sure your furry friends are included in your holiday celebration.
Relax with comfort food
Salem is a foodie’s dream destination with restaurants ranging from seafood to Mediterranean and everything in between, and Holiday Happenings is the perfect time of year to eat out in Salem with some seasonal comfort food! Cozy up by the fireplace in the Tavern in the Hawthorne Hotel and enjoy a cup of seafood chowder or enjoy a delicious baked mac n’ cheese at Rockafellas. Don’t miss Turner’s Seafood for classic New England fare- The entire restaurant is filled with festive decor for the holidays with a model train set and a Christmas village diorama that wraps around the dining area. Not sure where to start? Join Salem Food Tours for a walking food and cultural tour and discover new favorite restaurants while learning about Salem’s spice trade history.
Explore and Learn About Holiday Tradition
This year we are having so many great tours and events to learn and embrace the incredible history of the holidays in Salem. Sit by the fire in the Daniel’s House, built in 1667, and listen to stories about early Salem, Winter traditions, and the festive season during their Christmas Fireside Tales. Historic Salem is also offering their 42nd annual “Christmas in Salem” tour that features beautiful Salem cottages and the grand homes of Hathorne and Broad street decorated in their finest for the holidays. If you’re looking for something more kid-focused, Join The Good Witch of Salem on a quest to find the Gingerbread Man aboard the Holiday Trolley! Enjoy storytime and a lesson on how gingerbread men are made and after hop on a trolley to find the gingerbread man with music, instruments, dancing, and special surprises along the way.
Ring in the New Year
Salem has ways for the whole family to celebrate 2022 this New Year’s Eve! Kids can enjoy an early countdown with Salem Main Streets during Launch! and more. Start planning for New Year’s Eve now, as many events for the evening sell tickets in advance. Learn more here.
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