Historic Salem, Inc. (HSI) is pleased to announce that tickets for this year’s Christmas in Salem house tour are now available online at www.historicsalem.org. 2023 is the 44th year of offering a collection of homes bedecked for the holidays and a variety of seasonal musical entertainment. The annual tour has become a Christmas tradition for many residents and friends on the North Shore.
This year’s tour is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, December 2 and 3, and is themed “An On Common Christmas” as it features homes around the Salem Common. In the 1600s the Salem Common was a swampy area used for livestock grazing and militia training. In 1801 Elias Haskett Derby led an effort to fill in the swamp, plant trees and lay out walkways. This made the surrounding area highly desirable for residential use. Many of the homes featured on this year’s Christmas in Salem holiday house tour date back to this time when spacious Federal-style mansions were built.
The Salem Armory located at the corner of Essex and Liberty Streets in downtown Salem will be the starting point for this year’s tour where guests can pick up and purchase day of tickets. The Armory dates to the late 18th century. In 1982, the beautiful Gothic Revival building was nearly destroyed by fire. The remaining drill shed was converted into the Salem Armory Visitor Center in 1994. The area between the drill shed and the corner of New Liberty and Essex Streets was turned into Armory Park, honoring the veterans of Essex County.
Back by popular demand is an optional candle-lit preview to three homes between 6:45pm and 9:15pm on Friday December 1st where participants will be offered hors d’oeuvres and a wine tasting. Tickets for Friday’s preview are limited and are an option offered when people purchase their Christmas in Salem tickets online. Tickets for the preview include the option to return over the weekend to tour the remaining houses.
Tickets for Christmas in Salem are available online at www.historicsalem.org at a cost of $40 for non-Historic Salem, Inc. members and $35 for HSI members. Tickets purchased the day of the tour are $45. Tour tickets including the Friday night candle-lit preview are $120 for non-HSI members and $100 for members of Historic Salem, Inc. Christmas in Salem proceeds support the preservation mission of Historic Salem, Inc.