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 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 23, 2018, 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!

This year’s tree is graciously donated by Salem resident Caroline Ouellette in memory of her late husband Roger Ouellette. A Salem native and great lover of trees his whole life, Mr. Ouellette received the tree as an Arbor Day cutting and planted in their yard almost 30 years ago.

The tree was secured and decorated by the City of Salem Tree Department, and delivered with assistance from Iron Tree Service. Lights and decorations for the Holiday Tree were made possible in part by support from Alternative Therapies Group and significant donations from Salem’s October visitors via Gigi Gill.

Cocoa will be provided by Gulu Gulu Cafe and caroling provided by History Alive.

Salem Main Streets is incredibly grateful to all the partners and supporters who help make these special events possible.