Celebrate the Holidays in Salem, Massachusetts with Tree Lightings, Holiday Window Contests, and so much more! Make sure to check out our full calendar of events to see a our full list of city wide events. Click HERE for more.
Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Tree Lighting
Friday, Nov. 25
Hawthorne Hotel/Salem Common and Lappin Park
A beloved annual tradition, Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel at 18 Washington Square – with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course! Santa’s arrival will be followed by a procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall for the annual lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree at Lappin Park (next to the Bewitched Statue at the intersection of Essex Street and Washington Street).
Holiday Window Contest
Starting Saturday, Dec. 3
Every year, downtown businesses decorate their windows especially for the holidays. Judges
nominated by Salem Main Streets make the rounds to vote on the best windows, and the
competition is always fierce!
Salem Main Streets Holiday Stroll
Sunday, Dec. 18
Salem Main Streets wants to help you with your holiday shopping! Load up on sustenance at one
of our many fine downtown breakfast and brunch establishments, then hit the bricks for great
finds and specials at local retailers around town, all while serenaded by festive roaming carolers.
Keep your eyes peeled for Santa! Follow along online for the latest list of participants and
New Year’s Eve LAUNCH!
Saturday, Dec. 31
4:30 pm to 6 pm
Come ring in the New Year at Old Town Hall! The City of Salem and Salem Main Streets are
teaming up to throw a New Year’s Eve party, with live music and family-friendly activities.
There will be an early countdown promptly at 6 pm.