Visit Salem, Massachusetts during Salem Holiday Happenings

Salem Holiday Happenings have arrived an our calendar is packed with ways to spend the season in Salem. With holiday markets throughout December, festive photo ops, 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, handmade gyotaku prints at Joe’s Fresh Fish Prints, expertly blended teas at Jolie Tea Company, and so much more. Salem’s clothing scene is full of shops and boutiques filled with uniquely Salem yet totally fashionable gifts, with vintage styles at Modern Millie and current trends at J.Mode, Style Snoop, and Curtsy. Our downtown shopping district even includes sweets and treats made right here in Salem at Harbor Sweets, Ye Olde Pepper Companie, Turtle Alley ChocolatesKakawa Chocolates, and Maria’s Sweet Somethings, and everything to satisfy the gourmet foodies on your list with Pamplemousse and the Cheese Shop of Salem.

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 head over to Kokeshi for a warm bowl of Ramen with fresh seasonal veggies. 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.

Pose for holiday photo ops

Krampus is making appearances at Vampfangs weekends leading up to Christmas! Photos with Krampus are $10 (or free with any in-store purchase), and Vampfangs is fully stocked with unique jewelry designs, high quality apparel, Vampire fangs, and more. See a list of event dates here.

Back for 2019 are Witch Pix‘s awkward holiday photo shoots! These hilarious photo shoots make for perfect cards for the holiday season or simply a fun outing with family and friends in Salem. The festive backdrops and props at Witch Pix make these shoots one of the most memorable ways to celebrate the season with the option to get wrapped up in holiday lights, fight over gifts, and finish on a sleigh ride in front of our winter wonderland backdrop. Furry friends are welcome to join the photos too! Shoots are available during regular hours at Witch Pix. Learn more and make an appointment here.

Ring in the New Year

Salem has ways for the whole family to celebrate 2020 this New Year’s Eve! Kids can enjoy an early countdown with Salem Main Streets during Launch! and adults have an array of parties and specialty dinners to send off 2019 with a 1920s themed event at the Hawthorne Hotel, New Year’s Karaoke at Bit Bar, and more. Start planning for New Year’s Eve now, as many events for the evening sell tickets in advance. Learn more here.