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 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, 2017, with assistance from the Salem Fire Department, of course. We recommend arriving to the Salem Common by 5:45 p.m. 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!
Salem Main Streets would like to thank the City of Salem, the Hawthorne Hotel, Gigi Gill, and the many other community partners who make these special events possible. Huge thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Arthur Francis of Salem for the donation of this year’s tree, the City of Salem Tree Department for their incredible help with securing and decorating the tree, and Mayer Tree Service and Spencer Contracting for their invaluable assistance in transportation and installation. Lights and decorations for the Holiday Tree are made possible by individual contributions and donations from a number of local businesses, including significant donations from Salem’s October visitors via Gigi Gill.