RSD Black Friday at the Record Exchange!

Come join us for RSD BLACK FRIDAY, November 25th from 10 AM to 5 PM at the Record Exchange to celebrate Independent Record Stores, and for us, to also celebrate YOU, our fantastic, loyal customers! We’ll have a fairly large assortment of RSD Black Friday LIMITED EDITION releases (but NOT all titles & one or two copies...

2022 Holiday Happenings

Celebrate the Holidays in Salem, Massachusetts with Tree Lightings, Holiday Window Contests, and so much more! Make sure to check out our full calendar of events to see a our full list of city wide events. Click HERE for more.     Santa’s Arrival and Holiday Tree Lighting Friday, Nov. 25 5:45 pm Hawthorne Hotel/Salem...

Santa’s Arrival at the Hawthorne and Holiday Tree Lighting

Join Salem Main Streets and the City of Salem as we celebrate Santa’s Arrival and the lighting of Salem’s Holiday Tree. Santa Claus will arrive at the top of the Hawthorne Hotel promptly at 6:00 with assistance from the Salem Fire Department. Organizers recommend arriving to the Salem Common by 5:45 p.m. to catch the...

Caroling with History Alive

On November 25 at 7:30 pm, History Alive, Inc. will kick off this holiday series by caroling their way from the holiday tree lighting in Lappin Park down to Old Town Hall, 32 Derby Square, where the interactive parlor reading of their new show ‘TIS THE SEASON, will be performed. Running a little under an hour, guests will...

Holiday Photos with Krampus

THREE DAYS ONLY! Holiday photos with Krampus… the Tradition returns! Join us back at Vampfangs at 244 Essex Street in Salem. The horned Vampire Beast returns for 3 days only! It’s ok if you have been ‘Nice’ but Krampus prefers when you have been ‘Naughty.’ Punishment for all! No appointments this year- Walk-ins only! Photos...

5th Annual Holiday Marketplace

Join us for the 5th annual Holiday Marketplace taking place at Finz Seafood and Grill and Sea Level Oyster Bar 11/26 11am to 3pm. We will be hosting 23 vendors featuring hand crafted items. A perfect way to start your holiday shopping. Free admission Vendors to include: S&A engineered fiber art Donna Lees wreaths Wicked...

Recycled Container Herb Terrariums

Included with admission For this project we will create our own five layer terrarium using recycled clear containers, fresh mint and more. When a terrarium is closed, it creates a greenhouse effect, keeping plants warm and hydrated. Create your own self-replenishing herb garden and save yourself a trip to the grocery store! Drop-in Art Making...

Recycled Container Herb Terrariums

Included with admission For this project we will create our own five layer terrarium using recycled clear containers, fresh mint and more. When a terrarium is closed, it creates a greenhouse effect, keeping plants warm and hydrated. Create your own self-replenishing herb garden and save yourself a trip to the grocery store! Drop-in Art Making...

Frederick Law Olmsted and His Legacy on the North Shore

In honor of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr.’s bicentennial (1822–1903), landscape historian Pamela Hartford will present a lecture on the founding father of American urban parks. The Olmsted name is associated with over 75 landscape design projects in 20 communities on the North Shore, but only a handful were the work of Frederick Law Olmsted Sr....

NAGLY Fundraiser Concert

The North Shore Alliance of LGBTQ+ Youth World AIDS Day Fundraiser Concert. All proceeds will go to NAGLY Featuring the Zilber Beetles and special guests. Donations accepted at the door or use the QR Code depicted below.    

Christmas Fireside Chat 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. Where they can find tickets: https://www.danielshousesalem.com/tours

Christmas in Salem

Tickets are on sale now! Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year a number of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday...

Holiday Window Contest

Every year, downtown businesses decorate their windows especially for the holidays. Judges nominated by Salem Main Streets make the rounds to vote on the best windows, and the competition is always fierce!    

Holiday Photos with Krampus

THREE DAYS ONLY! Holiday photos with Krampus… the Tradition returns! Join us back at Vampfangs at 244 Essex Street in Salem. The horned Vampire Beast returns for 3 days only! It’s ok if you have been ‘Nice’ but Krampus prefers when you have been ‘Naughty.’ Punishment for all! No appointments this year- Walk-ins only! Photos...

Candy Canes with the Clauses

Join us for Candy Canes with the Clauses, our Holiday Open House! Twist your own Candy Cane with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as meet Mary Spencer, the original Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie candy maker from 1806! While the kids are making candy canes, shop for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more!

‘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. Keep an eye out for updated information regarding the time and cast of the event! Donate to the 2022...

Meet and Greet – Good Witch Holiday Helpers and Letters to Santa

Stop by the Good Witch of Salem’s shop at 2 North St. in Salem on Saturday 12/3 from 2pm to 4pm and meet her holiday helpers! The elves will be in-store to meet and for photo ops. Your child will also be able to write a letter to Santa that will be delivered directly by...

Christmas Fireside Chat 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. Where they can find tickets: https://www.danielshousesalem.com/tours

Candy Canes with the Clauses

Join us for Candy Canes with the Clauses, our Holiday Open House! Twist your own Candy Cane with Santa and Mrs. Claus, as well as meet Mary Spencer, the original Ye Olde Pepper Candy Companie candy maker from 1806! While the kids are making candy canes, shop for stocking stuffers, hostess gifts and more!

Christmas in Salem

Tickets are on sale now! Few communities have the rich legacy of historic houses that Salem, Massachusetts boasts. These homes, spanning four centuries, help define the character as well as the appearance of the city, and every year a number of their owners invite visitors in to view their homes decked out in full holiday...

A New World Order? How Russia’s War in Ukraine Changes Geopolitics

Emily Channell-Justice is the Director of the Temerty Contemporary Ukraine Program at the Ukrainian Research Institute, Harvard University. She is a sociocultural anthropologist who has been doing research in Ukraine since 2012. A New World Order? How Russia’s War in Ukraine Changes Geopolitics Russia’s war in Ukraine has entered its eighth month. Despite the successes...

Christmas Fireside Chat 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. Where they can find tickets: https://www.danielshousesalem.com/tours

The Nature of Oaks with Doug Tallamy

Headlines about the decline of the natural world that serves as our life support have spurred homeowners across the country to take action by planting native species that will help reverse this trend. No plant will achieve this faster than one of North America’s 91 species of oaks. Oaks support more species of animals, sequester...

Holiday Photos with Krampus

THREE DAYS ONLY! Holiday photos with Krampus… the Tradition returns! Join us back at Vampfangs at 244 Essex Street in Salem. The horned Vampire Beast returns for 3 days only! It’s ok if you have been ‘Nice’ but Krampus prefers when you have been ‘Naughty.’ Punishment for all! No appointments this year- Walk-ins only! Photos...

Holiday Trolley with the Good Witch: Advanced Ticketing Required

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...

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...

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!  

‘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. Keep an eye out for updated information regarding the time and cast of the event! Donate to the 2022...