Salem, Massachusetts celebrates Holiday Happenings with events for all ages throughout the month of December. Opening with the traditional tree lighting in Lapin Park on the day after Thanksgiving, the Menorah Lighting on November 30, and the arrival of Santa atop the Hawthorne Hotel on December 6, the schedule of events throughout the month offers events and celebrations both new and old.
Learn the origins and history of New England holiday traditions during the Christmas at the Gables tours, which replace regular house tours in December, and then visit the Gables on weekends to see the theatrical presentation, A Classic Christmas. Find levity in the holidays with Salem Theatre Company's hysterical holiday trip to Tuna, Texas in A Tuna Christmas, and travel between Christmases past, present and future with Scrooge aboard the improv-rich performances of The Trolley Christmas Carol. Don't miss the beloved annual Christmas in Salem House Tours - the one opportunity each year for the public to tour beautifully decorated homes in Salem's distinctive neighborhoods.
There are shopping nights, dining specials, Santa appearances, and open houses throughout the month. Salem also has ample opportunity to relax and unwind from the holiday bustle over a delicious meal prepared for you, not by you, and served fireside, seaside, or to go.A complete list of Holiday Happenings in Salem can be found at Salem.org