*Jingle bells!* *Jingle Bells!* *Jingle all the way to Salem!*
December is on the horizon, and with it comes all of the festive holiday events that make the North Shore a top destination for holiday activities.
Christmas in Salem begins Saturday morning at 10:30 a.m. Now in it's 33rd year, the event includes tours of seaside homes and cottages at the Salem Willows, free trolley rides from downtown, wine tastings, a concert, and more.
But that's not the only holiday-themed event to be found around town...here's a snapshot of the rest of the weekend in Salem:
Harbor Sweets Open House
Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. at Harbor Sweets (85 Leavitt Street).
Join Harbor Sweets for refreshments and chocolate samplings.
Hat-Making Workshop at the Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
Design and make your own 100 percent merino wool felt hat with Lesley Hansard and Rebecca Walsh. Enjoy a tour of "Hats: An Anthology by Stephen Jones" tailored to the perspective of hat-making techniques and history. Cost is $65 for members, and $75 for nonmembers. Visit pem.org for more information.
Christmas Tours at the Gables
All December long during regular hours at the House of the Seven Gables (115 Derby Street).
Explore the maritime, architectural and literary history of the house, and discover Christmas' transformation from a rowdy seasonal celebration to the peaceful family centered traditions we recognize today. This special tour is offered during regular hours in December except during the production of "A Classic Christmas." Visit 7gables.org for hours and more information.
Holiday Cheer at Maria?s Sweet Somethings
Saturday, Dec. 1, and Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 10 p.m. at Maria's Sweet Somethings (26 Front Street).
The chocolate fountain returns to Maria's to kick off the holidays! Get 10% off your holiday shopping with your Christmas in Salem ticket.
Hat Trunk Show at Peabody Essex Museum
Saturday, December 1, 2 - 4 p.m. at Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
There are more hats to be found (and bought!) at two trunk shows in the Museum Shop. The designers, Dinah Makowsky and Marie Glavin, have hats on view in conjunction with "Hats: An anthology by Stephen Jones."
A Classic Christmas at the House of Seven Gables
Saturday, December 1, 3 - 6 p.m. at the House of Seven Gables (115 Derby Street).
Surround yourself with the spirit of the season as Christmas scenes from famous works of literature, including "Little Women," "A Christmas Carol" and "A Child's Christmas in Wales" are brought to life for audiences. Performances begin every 10 minutes and last approximately 30 minutes. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling 978-744-0991, ext. 104. Visit 7gables.org for more information.
Craig Lucas' "RECKLESS" at Salem Theatre
Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 - 9 p.m., and Sunday, Dec. 2, 3 - 5 p.m. at Salem Theatre Company (90 Lafayette Street).
Join Rachel on a crazy 10-year journey to discover the true meaning of Christmas in this richly inventive and often startling comedy filled with bizarre characters and events. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $10 for students. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, call 978-790-8546, or visit salemtheatre.com to purchase tickets online.
"CABARET" by John Kander and Fred Ebb
Saturday, Dec. 1, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. at Mainstage Theatre (352 Lafayette Street).
The show surrounds a seedy nightclub in Berlin as the 1920s are drawing to a close. The master of ceremonies promises us a powerful distraction from the outside world. For mature audiences only. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at salemstatetickets.com, or call 978-542-6365 for more information.
Henry Derby House Holiday Boutique
Saturday, Dec. 1, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at the Derby House (47 Summer Street).
Join the Henry Derby House for this special event, earliest arrivals receive a door prize. Lang, primitive home decor, JD Logan, cross-stitches, candles, decorative boxes, linens, ornaments, angel wings and much, much more. Proceeds benefit the Peg Femino Camarda Memorial Foundation. Visit henryderby.com for more information.
Ye Olde Pepper Companie Holiday Open House
Sunday, Dec. 2, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. at Ye Olde Pepper Companie (122 Derby Street).
Come and observe skilled confectioners hand-craft candy canes in Ye Olde Pepper's glass enclosed kitchen. Learn more on the history of this holiday treat and sample some made that day!