Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival returns to welcome Valentines Day
Salem once again shows it knows how to make a fun event out of Valentine’s Day shopping. Now in its 20th year, Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival is a city-wide celebration of delectable chocolate, sparkling and illuminated ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping.
New this year, visitors can play the “Chocolate Hearts Challenge” game on the Destination Salem app to earn points and win prizes. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering chocolate and love-inspired specials and events. Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce.
Special Events During Salem’s So Sweet
Ice Sculptures Installation begins Friday, February 11
37 sparkling ice sculptures will be installed around the downtown area of Salem for the festival weekend.
Ice Sculpture Illumination – Friday and Saturday after 5:00 PM
New for 2022, there will be two nights of ice sculpture illuminations! A special sneak peek with a limited number of sculptures will be illuminated on Friday night on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Lappin Park, and on Saturday night all of the sculptures will be lit.
Live Sculpting – Saturday, February 12
Ice Effects will be doing live ice sculpting on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall (near the Peabody Essex Museum) on Saturday afternoon and all sculptures will be installed by midday on Saturday.
Chocolate Hearts Challenge – February 11 – 14
The “Chocolate Hearts Challenge” is a points-driven game where customers can scan a unique QR code posted near a business point of sale to be entered for a special prize package. A purchase by the customer is not required but is highly encouraged. The game will be managed by the Destination Salem mobile app. Note, to scan participating QR codes, you must use the in-app scanner, not your phone camera!
Additional information on shopping, dining, and accommodations for Valentine’s Day can be found on Salem.org.