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Feb 072009

Sponsored by: Goddess Treasure Chest, Samanthas Costumes, Signatures, Ritas Trolley Depot, Rose Medallion Tea Room & Pamplemousse.

Sponsored by: Goddess' Treasure Chest, Samantha's Costumes, Signatures, Rita's Trolley Depot, Rose Medallion Tea Room & Pamplemousse.

Come downtown Salem and see for yourself the dozen artfully crafted ice sculptures, beautifully decorated store windows, and enjoy great chocolate, shopping and more…
Sponsored by: The Museum Place Mall: Bewitched in Salem, CinemaSalem, Essex N.Y. Deli & Pizza, Lotus Gifts, Marley Properties, Polonus Deli, Salem Vintage Photography, Thai Place, Turtle Alley & Witch Tees

Sponsored by: The Museum Place Mall: Bewitched in Salem, CinemaSalem, Essex's N.Y. Deli & Pizza, Lotus Gifts, Marley Properties, Polonus Deli, Salem Vintage Photography, Thai Place, Turtle Alley & Witch Tees

Don’t forget to look at the beautifully decorated windows…
Entry in the Salems So Sweet Window Contest

Entry in the Salem's So Sweet Window Contest

While you are in Salem fill out your GOLDEN TICKET at 10 participating businesses and turn in your raffle ticket to be entered in the Salem’s So Sweet Gift Basket Raffle.

Click here to see the official brochure for the festival. This brochure includes ice sculpture locations and great promotions and events throughout the festival ranging from a chocolate fountain to wine tasting events. Brochures will be available throughout downtown Salem but you can print your own copy.

Jan 172018

Hard to believe that such a simple idea 16 years ago, to have a gathering in Salem in the cold of winter that would warm the hearts of residents, friends, and local merchants, has blossomed into a major North Shore event. It is with a happy heart that Salem Main Streets, along with the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local businesses invite you to attend the 16th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival, Feb. 9-11, 2018.

It is indeed a decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping… you won’t want to miss Salem’s sweetest event of the year! It is a great date option!

The Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival officially kicks off with a Chocolate and Wine Tasting, on Friday, February 9th from 6:30 – 8:30 pm, at Colonial Hall at Rockafellas, 231 Essex Street.

Did you know that:

  • Americans consume 8 billion pounds of chocolate each year, or over 11 pounds per person. (
  • The United States drinks more wine than any other nation on earth. Americans consumed 329 million cases in 2013 (Impact Databank)

Our luscious tasting event features wine and chocolate samplings from premier Salem restaurants, stores, and sweet shops.  Music by local favorite Molly Pinto Madigan will set a sweet mood. This event is the highlight of the season and sells out quickly!

(Tickets are $30 a person and can now be purchased over the phone by calling 978-744-0004, online at, or in person at the Salem Chamber of Commerce, 265 Essex Street, Suite 101.)

Starting the morning of Saturday, February 10th, ice sculptures will begin appearing all around downtown Salem. It has become a tradition that some locals will run around the downtown district to be the first to post sculpture pictures on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages.

Last year, we had a record-breaking 25 beautiful ice sculptures, including the Queen of Hearts, Cinderella’s Carriage, a goat named Bella, and more – including actual ice bars at Rockafellas’ and the Regatta Pub. Be sure to make pre-Valentine Day plans for a special evening stroll on Saturday, Feb. 10, when the sculptures will be illuminated by Retonica! More information about this year’s sculptures will be available online at as we get closer to the event.

The Salem Trolley will offer trolley rides around the festival route (weather permitting) on February 10 & 11 from 12 pm to 4 pm for only $2 an adult (free for children).

Many downtown businesses will offer chocolate samplings and sweet discounts all weekend in celebration of Valentine’s Day. Check to see who is participating in the “Golden Ticket” – make a full-price purchase at one participating downtown business and get 10% off your purchase at the next participating business!  Offer is good Feb. 10 and 11 only, some restrictions may apply. In addition, many of Salem’s finest restaurants and retailers will be offering their own luscious chocolate and love-inspired specials and events.

Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival is organized by Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce, and supported by Creative Salem, Destination Salem, Retonica, Scarlet Letter Press, and Rockafellas. Visit our website for more events and details as they become available – – or follow our Facebook page for all the latest updates –

Feb 072015

Ice Pikachu & CharizardSalem has been invaded by ice creatures, but worry not, as they are friendly. Early morning joggers and breakfast attendees were greeted throughout downtown Salem by workers gently unloading and placing ice sculptures in per-determined sites as part of the Salems So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival.

This year there will be more than 15 large sculptures around downtown Salem, with themes including a mermaid, ruby slippers, a rocking horse, and many more! A map of sculptures and locations is available here and on brochures distributed around town.

Take the kids out and see how many you can find. Make a day of it in Salem.

Many downtown businesses will offer discounts and special offerings throughout the festival! Pick up your Golden Ticket at any of the participating businesses during the festival, have it validated at participating businesses (no purchase necessary), then enter to win a Salem’s So Sweet gift basket. A full list of participating businesses and promotions can be found here.

NOTE: due to the historical amounts of snow we have received, the Salem Trolley will not be running its route on Feb. 7 and 8 as initially planned.

After all the ice on the sidewalks and streets we’ve had to endure and groan about recently, it’s nice to see ice in a way to make you smile. The Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival  runs Feb. 6-15th.

(Hint: Pikachu and Charizard in front of Harrison’s Comics & Pop Culture)

Feb 122012

See the ice sculptures now downtown Salem as long as the weather allows. Thank you to all downtown businesses who sponsored a sculpture. Vote for your Favorite sculpture on Facebook.


Ice Sculptures:

1 The Friendship of Salem – sponsored by the Pickering Wharf Merchants Association, Pickering Wharf

 2 Salem Waterfront Hotel, sponsored by the Salem Waterfront Hotel, 225 Derby St

 3 We ♥ The Children of Salem – A Schoolhouse with Heart, sponsored by Sophia’s, 105 Essex St [The ice sculpture was made in celebration of the children of Salem and the bright future they have in education. Please consider making a donation during Salem’s So Sweet to the Salem Education Foundation. Donations can be dropped off at Sophia’s.]

 4 Salem Witch, sponsored by Salem Witch Museum, 19 ½ Washington Sq. N

 5 Cupid Gets Busted, sponsored by The Great Escape, (50 Saint Peter St.)

 6 Movie Projector, sponsored by Salem Film Fest (Cinema Salem, Church St.)

 7 Based on an untitled piece by Virgil Ortiz from Shapeshifting: Transformations in Native American Art Exhibition, sponsored by the Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex St.)

 8 Dragon, sponsored by Museum Place Mall: A Sacred Place Wellness Center, Bewitched in Salem, Daily Bagel Café, Glass and Etc., Lotus Gifts, Essex’s N. Y. Deli and Pizza, Marley Properties Salem, LLC, Polonus European Deli, Salem Vintage Photography, Thai Place, Witch Tee’s (180 Essex St.)

 9 Love and Gemstones with Cupid, sponsored by Bernard’s Jewelers, (179 Essex St.)

 10 Marilyn Monroe with Champagne, sponsored by Pamplemousse, Trolley Depot, Century Bank, Salem Trolley, Mighty Aphrodite, Modern Millie, and Reds (5 Central St.) 

 11 Tin Tin (w/Snowy), sponsored by Mud Puddle Toys, (221 Essex St.)

 12 Jazzing up the Winter, sponsored by Rockafellas, (231 Essex St.)

 13 Crystal Snowflake, sponsored by Laura Lanes and New England Soup Factory (in Lappin Park)

 14 Salem State University Viking, sponsored by Salem State University (Lappin Park)

 15 Monkfish with Adriatic Wave, sponsored by Adriatic Restaurant and Bar, (155 Washington St.)

 16 Giant Frog w/ Heart, sponsored by Maria’s Sweet Somethings, (26 Front St.)

 17 The Stanley Cup – Tavern in the Square Style, sponsored by Tavern in the Square, 189 Washington St [If you missed out on taking a photo with the Stanley Cup. Come by and take a picture with the repudiate of the Lord Stanley Cup.]