Living in a city with so much to do, it’s hard to narrow down what events you should attend. Additionally, during the holidays, there’s even more going on! If you’re looking for the best things to do in our city this December, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve narrowed down the 6 best must-see holiday attractions in Salem.
Salem Holiday Market
Are you looking for some unique gifts for your loved ones on your list this year? The Salem Holiday Market has em’! This special event has light hors d’oeuvres, shopping specials, and live music. Save money and support a good cause by bringing in a can of food. Additionally, they’re offering half-price admission for seniors, veterans, and first responders on Sunday.
When: Fri Dec 13 5:30-8:30 pm , Sat Dec 14 10am-6pm, Sun Dec 15 10 am-4:00 pm
Where: The Fairgrounds 2330 17th St NE
Ugly Sweater Party
Calling all adults! Drop by on Friday the 13th to see all the scary Christmas sweaters ever created! Enter the Ugly Sweater Party for a chance to win a gift card. They’ll be having happy hour drink specials and even a visit from Gourmet Hometown Heroes. We hope to see you there.
When: Fri Dec 13 at 6:00 pm
Where: Front Street Inn Salem, 860 Front St. N
Eugene Ballet’s Nutcracker
Celebrate the holiday season with a marvelous journey to Eugene Ballet’s The Nutcracker! There’s joyful magic at every performance as hundreds of aspiring dancers join the Company on stage, while the sugar plum fairy transports them to the snow kingdom and the land of the sweets. You’ll cheer and boo at the battle of the mouse king and his henchmice, as Clara and The Nutcracker save the day!
When: December 14th at 7:30 pm
Where: 170 High St SE
Holiday Cheer Cookie Class
Come have fun and learn how to decorate four adorable Christmas cookies at Brandy’s All-City Sweets! No skills are required and all supplies are provided for you to use during the class. The cost is $40 and you must pre-register. Call (503) 269-8434 to register.
Additionally, Brandy’s All-City Sweets has a Cupcake wreath make and take on December 21st at 2 pm, and a Christmas tree cupcake make and take at 4:30 the same day. This is a great activity to do by yourself, with a friend, or with your kids. It’s truly fun for the whole family.
When: December 14th at 2 pm
Where: 189 Liberty Street NE Suite 105
Magic at the Mill
Experience holiday magic at the Willamette Heritage Center, in Salem, during its annual family-friendly holiday lights display. The event will feature children’s activities, thousands of twinkling lights, tours of historic buildings, demonstrations, seasonal treats, and shopping. Tickets are required.
When: Dec. 19th-23th
Where: 1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200
Pajama Party with Santa & Friends at the Carousel
Who doesn’t love a pajama party AND Santa Clause? Bring the whole family for this fun evening with Santa and a few of his friends. Refreshments will be provided along with a keepsake craft activity, a photo with Santa and Mrs. Claus, free carousel rides, and more. The cost is $20 per person and by reservation only. Please call (503) 540-0374 to reserve your spot.
When: December 22nd from 5-7 pm
Where: 101 Front St NE
Dr. Randall Burba is an American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry accredited dentist, with a practice in Salem, Massachusetts. He considers himself an artist–with teeth and beyond! He often paints, draws and has a passion for woodworking.