Salem, MA

6 Family-Friendly Festive Holiday Events Happening in Salem!

Dianna Carney

(SALEM, MA) The quaint New England town of Salem may be known for Halloween, but the locals here know how to go big for holidays and they don't stop at just one! From a Trolley ride with Scrooge himself, to photos with Krampus, Halloween in Salem is a unique holiday experience you'll want to add to your checklist this year.

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1) Holiday Winter Walk on the Wharf

"Merchants of Pickering Wharf coming together to celebrate the holiday season! The shops and restaurants at Pickering Wharf are hosting a spectacular Holiday Winter Walk on the wharf. Stop by and join in for a weekend filled with fun, raffles, food, and Santa!" - Holiday Winter Walk on the Wharf
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2022 & Sunday, December 11, 2022
  • WHERE: Pickering Wharf (23 Congress Street, Salem, MA 01970)
  • TIME: Saturday 11 AM - 8 PM & Sunday 11 AM - 6 PM
  • COST: FREE

2) Holiday Photos with Krampus

"Holiday photos with Krampus… the Tradition returns! It’s ok if you have been ‘Nice’ but Krampus prefers when you have been ‘Naughty.’"
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 3, 2022, & Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • WHERE: Vampfangs (244 Essex Street, Salem, MA 01970)
  • TIME: 2 PM - 6 PM
  • COST: Photos are free with any store purchase over $25. Each attendee will receive one digital copy of their photo instantly texted to their phone.

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3) The Holiday Trolley (Let’s Catch the Gingerbread Man)

"Join the Good Witch of Salem on a quest to find the Gingerbread Man aboard the Holiday Trolley! The race through downtown Salem will begin at The Good Witch of Salem with a story-time all about the Gingerbread Man! Attendees will take part and interact with the story through the use of motions, props, and baking tools. After story-time, together we will view and discuss how Gingerbread Cookies are made. Be on the lookout because one of the adorable Gingerbread Men will come alive and run off into the streets of Salem! Once we spot him, all will board the Holiday Trolley to find that fast little cookie! Keep your eyes peeled while riding the Holiday Trolley…the Gingerbread Man can pop up anywhere along the way." - The Holiday Trolley (Let’s Catch the Gingerbread Man)
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2022, & Sunday, December 11, 2022
  • WHERE: The Good Witch of Salem (2 North Street, Salem, MA 01970)
  • TIME: Trolley runs at 10:30, 12:30, and 2:30 on Dec. 10, and at 10:30 on Dec. 11.
  • COST: Starting at $34, prices vary
  • TICKETS: Please visit https://goodwitchofsalem.com/ for tickets.

4) Salem Trolley & The Gallows Hill Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens

"Now entering into it's 36th Season, this humorous & whimsical interactive performance reanimates Dickens’ timeless seasonal holiday classic. Experience Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol with a twist. Ride along with Scrooge on the Salem Trolley as the classic tale is brought to life in a completely unexpected way. Shows sell out quickly and seats are limited." - Salem Trolley & The Gallows Hill Theatre presents “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens
  • WHEN: All December
  • WHERE: Tour departs from Salemdipity, 86 Wharf Street (Pickering Wharf), Salem.
  • TIME: Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your chosen show time.
  • COST: General admission starts at $36
  • TICKETS: Please visit https://salemtrolley.com for tickets.

5) ‘Tis the Season at the House of Seven Gables

"Join us to experience the Christmastide season from before Christmas was a holiday in America. After premiering in 2021 at the Old Town Hall, this play-with-music moves to the House of the Seven Gables in 2022" - ‘Tis the Season at the House of Seven Gables
  • WHEN: Saturday, December 10, 2022
  • WHERE: House of Seven Gables (115 Derby Street, Salem, MA 01970)
"Keep an eye out for updated information regarding the time and cast of the event!" - ‘Tis the Season at the House of Seven Gables

6) Christmas Fireside Tales at the Daniels House

"This cozy evening of tales around an ancient fireplace in one of America’s oldest houses is devoted to stories about the evolution of the Christmas holiday, early Salem, and the Winter season in Colonial America. BYOB for a truly cheerful time." - Christmas Fireside Tales at the Daniels House
  • WHEN: Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday in December
  • WHERE: Daniels House (1 Daniels St, Salem, MA 01970)
  • TIME: 6 PM
  • COST: $30
  • TICKETS: Please visit https://www.danielshousesalem.com/tours for tickets.

Click here to check out my article that explains why Plymouth's annual Christmas tree lighting event was once illegal, and why you'll want to attend the festive family event this year!

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