Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Tree Lighting


Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we combine two of our most beloved annual traditions – Santa’s Arrival and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree – into one evening. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square W) promptly at 6:00 pm on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. We recommend arriving to the Salem Common by 5:45 pm to catch the arrival. Bring the whole family out for carols, festivities, and fun!

Santa’s arrival will be followed by a procession down the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall to Lappin Park (next to the Bewitched Statue at the intersection of Essex Street and Washington Street), where we will join Santa and Mayor Kimberley Driscoll for the Holiday Tree Lighting. Participants are encouraged to bring lanterns (store-bought or homemade) to carry in the procession. Safety first, though – electric candles are highly recommended!

These festive events also serve as a launch for Small Business Saturday on Nov. 30, when special discounts, deals, and offering (and free parking!) can be found all over downtown.

The tree this year has been generously donated by The Gill Family, decorated thanks to financial contributions from Gigi Gill, Eastern Bank, and our October visitors,  with delivery thanks to Iron Tree Service, Shaughnessy Crane, and Holland Truck Transport, not to mention significant support from start to finish from the City Department of Public Works. Salem Main Streets is incredibly grateful to all the partners and supporters who help make these special events possible.