Saturday, November 19, 2011

Holiday Happenings in Salem, MA

Holiday Happenings in Salem, Massachusetts

Celebrate, Shop & Dine during a month filled with events


Salem, MA. . . Put some sparkle and cheer on your holiday plans in Salem, where the holiday season is chock-full of special events that celebrate the season.  From theatre to food, inspired decorations to unique shopping, and plenty of opportunities to share your holiday wishes with Santa, Holiday Happenings in Salem are a season rich in Spirit.

Click here to view and print the Holiday Happenings Brochure. To request a printed brochure of Salem Holiday Happenings, contact Destination Salem at (978) 744-3663 or info@salem.org.


ONGOING HOLIDAY PROGRAMS

An Empty Plate in the Cafe du Grand Boeuf at Salem Theatre Company
December 1 - 17, Wed - Sat at 7:30 pm & Sun at 3:00 pm
A "comic tragedy in seven courses" celebrating the joys of cooking, sex, bullfighting and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway. Tickets: $12 - $22  90 Lafayette Street, 978-790-8546, SalemTheatre.com

Christmas Tours at the Gables
December 1-30, 10:00 am-5:00 pm and December 24 & 31, 10:00 am-2:00 pm
This special tour will blend the unique history of the Turner-Ingersoll Mansion with the little known history of Christmas in colonial Massachusetts. Offered during regular hours in December, except during the production of A Classic Christmas. 115 Derby Street, (978) 744-0991, 7Gables.org

Lantern Tours at the House of the Seven Gables
November 26th - December 31st, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm
See the great House of the Seven Gables aglow! This year, Lantern Tours are reintroduced, and the House is beautifully decorated for Christmas. Adults $12.50, Seniors 65 and older $11.50, AAA Members $11.50, Children ages 5-12 $7.50 115 Derby Street, Salem, 978-744-0991, 7gables.org

Salem Winter Farmers' Market
Thursdays, November 10, 17, (Tuesday) 22, Dec. 1, 8, 15 & 22 2:00-6:00 pm
New in 2011! The Winter Market will feature fresh and organic produce, artisan breads, baked goods, festive holiday items and much more! Artists Row between Front and New Derby Streets, SalemFarmersMarket.org

A Trolley Christmas Carol
November 26th - December 23rd
Now entering into its 25th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens' timeless seasonal holiday classic with a twist! Tickets: $22.00. Buy online at salemtrolley.com 8 Central Street, 978-744-5469, SalemTrolley.com


CALENDAR OF HOLIDAY EVENTS

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 25TH

Holiday Tree Lighting
6:30 pm
Ring in the Holiday season by bringing the family to join Mayor Kimberley Driscoll at the Downtown Salem tree lighting in Lappin Park (the corner of Essex and  Washington Streets). SalemMainStreets.org

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

Santa Arrives in Salem
5:30 pm
Come to Salem Common to await Santa's big arrival atop the Hawthorne Hotel! Santa will come down from atop the Hawthorne Hotel with the assistance of the Salem Fire Department, and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll will welcome the Jolly Ol' Elf to Salem and lead the crowd down Essex Street to Museum Place Mall where children can sit on Santa's lap and tell him what is on their Christmas list! Free. SalemMainStreets.org

32nd Annual Christmas in Salem Historic House Tour: Rediscover the McIntire District
Presented by Historic Salem, Inc., December 3-4, Preview night, December 2
One of the nation's oldest, largest, and most historic house tours features eleven 18th and 19th century homes in the McIntire District decorated for the holidays. Tickets: $25 members/$30 non-members, $35 day of the event. ChristmasinSalem.org

Alex & Ani Trunk show hosted by Jenny Johnson at J. Mode
6:00 pm-8:00 pm
Holiday collection of bangles from Alex & Ani-recycled metals, New England Made, expandable bangles with charms. Champagne, Chocolates and Raffles for bangles! 17 Front Street, 978-744-7007, JModeFashions.com

Rouge Holiday Open House
6:00 pm-9:00 pm
$5 Donation to be donated to Girl's Incorporated. Join us for our holiday open house!  We'll have yummy food, wine tasting, makeup, skincare and hair tips  and you'll have first dibs on great holiday gifts.  Plus gifts with purchase, and chances to win great prizes! 322 Derby Street, 978-740-1044, info@rouge.com, rouge.com

Dickens in Salem
Welcome the Christmas season with entertainment from the Victorian era and a Dickens inspired weekend! At 2:00 pm enjoy a reading and performance of "Mr. Dickens is Coming" by Gerald Dickens, the great-great grandson of Charles Dickens. At 4:00 pm, Lloyd Garrison, period painter, will present his work "Dickens Image Soiree", followed by a talk and paint auction. Gerard Dickens will entertain again at 7:00 pm with "Nancy and Sikes", followed by a silent auction, Bell Choir and dessert reception. DickensNorthofBoston.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

32nd Annual Christmas in Salem Historic House Tour: Rediscover the McIntire District
Presented by Historic Salem, Inc., December 3-4, Preview night, December 2
One of the nation's oldest, largest, and most historic house tours features eleven 18th and 19th century homes in the McIntire District decorated for the holidays. Tickets: $25 members/$30 non-members, $35 day of the event. ChristmasinSalem.org

Classic Christmas at The House of the Seven Gables
3:00 pm-6:00 pm
Surround yourself with the spirit of the season as Christmas scenes from famous works of literature including Little Women, A Christmas Carol, and A Child's Christmas in Wales are brought to life in the rooms of The House of the Seven Gables. This unique theatrical experience is sure to excite guests of all ages and transform The House of the Seven Gables into a living illustration of Christmas. Tickets: Adults $12, Child (Ages 5-12) $8.00. Reservations recommended. For Tickets call 978.744.0991 ext. 104. 7Gables.org

Dickens in Salem
The 19th century fun continues on December 3! At 9:30 am, Gerald Dickens will read and perform "Dr. Marigold - An Extra Christmas Story" at Rockafella's Breakfast Show. At 11 am, 12 pm and 1 pm, a Caroling Carriage Ride will take families around Salem. From 11:30 am to 12 pm, Victorian Santa comes to visit children. At various times throughout the day, kids can enjoy marionette performances, Victorian parlor performances and games, and storytime and crafts. DickensNorthofBoston.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie Holiday Open House
10:00 am - 6:00 pm
Watch candy being made, including candy canes which will be made in the shapes of children's first initials. Hot chocolate and free samples will be served. 122 Derby Street, 978-745-2744

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8

Three Dots Jersey Trunk Show at J.Mode
Through December 11. Best available selection of fashion jerseys for immediate purchase! 17 Front Street, 978-744-7007, JModeFashions.com

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 10

Classic Christmas at The House of the Seven Gables
3:00 pm-6:00 pm
See December 3. For Tickets call 978.744.0991 ext. 104. 7Gables.org

Salem Arts Association Open Studios & Art Show
The Salem Arts Association will host the 6th Annual Salem Open Studios. SalemArtsAssociation.org

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 11

Brunch with Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel
11:00 am-2:00 pm
The Christmas spirit is alive with this special holiday brunch.  Santa will be on property to hear holiday wishes and spread holiday cheer. $28.95/Adults; $14.95/Children 12 and under; Children under 3 are free. Nathaniel's and Sophia's. Reservations strongly recommended. Also on December 18th. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16  

Salem Open House Shopping Night
Make progress on your holiday shopping list (and get yourself a present as a reward) when businesses around downtown Salem stay open until at least 7:00 pm for Salem Open House Night. Refreshments, raffle and more. SalemMainStreets.org

Holiday Open House at the Phillips House
5:00 pm-7:00 pm
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, 978-744-0440,HistoricNewEngland.org

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 17  

Classic Christmas at The House of the Seven Gables
3:00 pm-6:00 pm
See December 3. For Tickets call 978.744.0991 ext. 104. 7Gables.org

"Toys for Tots" Teddy Bear Tea at the Hawthorne Hotel
Noon - 2:00 pm
A favorite tradition at the Hawthorne, this tea is dedicated to "Toys for Tots". Buffet luncheon. All children will have the opportunity to have their picture taken with the Hawthorne Bear. $21/Adults, $12.50/Children 12 and under (children are free when they bring a "Toys for Tots" donation--new and unwrapped, please--only two per table). Reservations are strongly recommended. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 18

Brunch with Santa at the Hawthorne Hotel
11:00 am-2:00 pm
See December 11th. For reservations call 978-825-4311

CHRISTMAS EVE, DECEMBER 24

Caroling with Julie Julie Dougherty at the Hawthorne Hotel
4:00 pm-7:00 pm
Join us in the Grand Ballroom & The Tavern for a true holiday tradition in Salem. This event is open to the public. Admission is by freewill donation to a local charity. Cash bar. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

Christmas Eve Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel
5:00 pm-10:00 pm
Christmas Eve deserves the elegance of Nathaniel's & Sophia's. Enjoy a special menu with delicious holiday specials. Reservations recommended. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

CHRISTMAS DAY, DECEMBER 25

Buffet Brunch at the Hawthorne Hotel
11:00 am-7:00 pm
Buffet in the Lobby, Nathaniel's, Sophia's, The Tavern and the Ballroom. Prices are $40.95/Adults and $16.95/children. Reservations are required. Please call 978-825-4311. As this is one of our most popular brunches we recommend calling early for the best choice of reservations. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

NEW YEAR'S EVE, DECEMBER 31

Dinner at the Hawthorne Hotel
6:00 pm-10:00 pm
Elegant four-course, prefixed dinner.  Live Jazz music (no dancing). Nathaniel's and Sophia's. Price $85 per person. Reservations strongly recommended. Please call 978-825-4311. On the Common, 978-825-4311, HawthorneHotel.com

SUNDAY, JANUARY 1, 2012

Wicked Frosty Four New Years Day Road Race
10:00 am start
4 mile, relatively flat course, some rolling hills. In partnership with the Wicked Running Club; a portion of proceeds support youth scholarships. WickedRunningClub.com

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2 comments:

  1. Oh noes! Why did you have to post this, now I am wondering how I can stretch out my trip for another few weeks!

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