Due to the bad weather Santa's arrival in Salem was rescheduled for Friday, December 4th. Festivities start at 5:30 p.m. on the Salem Common where we will be on the lookout for Santa’s arrival. Holiday music will be provided by the Gathering Church and the Salem High School Alumni Organization will be on hand with free hot chocolate while we wait for Santa. Following tradition, Santa will descend from the Hawthorne Hotel (around 6:00 p.m.) assisted by the Salem Fire Department and, with the help of his elves, distribute candy to the children.
Mayor Driscoll will welcome Santa to town. She will then lead Santa and elves through the Essex Street pedestrian mall to light Salem’s Holiday Tree. This lovely evergreen tree towering over 20 feet will be lit at approximately 6:15 p.m. on Essex Street, in the East India Square Fountain by the entrance of the Museum Place Mall. Holiday music along with free hot chocolate will be provided by the Gathering Church and will be served by Salem's Beautification Committee members.
Inside the mall children can sit on Santa’s lap and share their holiday wish list and receive a candy cane. Museum Place Mall merchants will have face painting and activities to entertain children while they wait for Santa.
The event is organized by Salem Main Streets, the City of Salem and the Salem Beautification Committee.