Holiday Happenings in Salem

Events December 14-January 3
New Years

Winter Market

Salem Winter Market

Saturday, December 14, 2019 - NOON to 4pm

Old Town Hall (32 Derby Square)

The Winter Market is a fantastic opportunity to support local farms and artisans through the holiday season, and is a chance to find some truly unique holiday gifts.  There will be a diversity of local vendors occupying both floors of Old Town Hall.  Patrons can expect to find an assortment of foods and artisan crafts including seasonal produce, baked goods, wreaths, handmade soaps, honey, pickles, gourmet ravioli, and artisan chocolates.


Menorah Lighting

Salem Menorah Lighting

Thursday, December 26, 219 - 6PM

Lappin Park (located at the corner of Essex & Washington Streets)

Mayor Kim Driscoll invites all to attend Salem’s 8th Annual Chanukah Menorah Lighting.  Please join Rabbi Yossi Lipsker from Chabad of the North Shore for the 5th night of Chanukah.  Enjoy traditional holiday latkes (potato pancakes) and sufganiyot (doughnuts) after the candle lighting. 

Open to the entire North Shore Community. Free Event.

(In case of inclement weather, the Salem Menorah Lighting will be held on the first floor at the City Hall Annex Offices at 98 Washington Street.)



New Years Eve Salem: Launch!!

December 31, 2019 - 4PM – 6PM

Old Town Hall (32 Derby Square)
Family-friendly launch to kick off the New Years as a community.  Activities include: Hat Making, Photo Booth, Face painting, and Games.  EARLY COUNTDOWN RIGHT BEFORE 6PM!! Free Event ($5 Suggested Donation)


First Day Hike

First Day Hike

January 1, 2020 - Noon

National Park Service Regional Visitor Center (2 New Liberty Street)

This year’s hike will focus on the importance of the Custom House to Salem’s history. David Moffat from the Salem Historical Society will lead the hike through the downtown district stopping at a few of the locations of past Custom Houses along the way. The hike will finish at the 1819 Custom House at Salem Maritime National Historic Site, followed by an optional walk up and back on Derby Wharf. This event is free and open to all ages.



Christmas Tree Bonfire

Friday, January 3, 2020 – 6PM

Dead Horse Beach (Salem Willows)

Bring your tree to the beach and join us for this annual tradition. (Rain/Snow/Wind Reschedule Date: Saturday, January 4th) Check for rescheduling information.