For a community known for its nationally acclaimed celebration of ghosts and goblins, the city of Salem also knows how to celebrate Christmas in a big way, with the 33rd Christmas in Salem event this weekend.
At the Salem Willows, eight private, seaside homes and quaint cottages will be open for tours from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, and 11:30 to 4:30 on Sunday The homes date from the Victorian era to the early 20th Century and are decorated for the season by a selection of local interior designers, florists, garden clubs, and other talented individuals.
Tickets for the self-guided tour of the Willows cost $35 and are available at the Bentley Elementary School beginning at 10 a.m. on Saturday and 11 a.m. on Sunday.
The tickets are also good for free wine tasting at Salem Wine Imports on Saturday from 4 to 8 p.m., and free rides on the Salem Trolley, which will shuttle passengers around the tour route at the Salem Willows, as well as the Bentley School and to-and-from downtown Salem, including the train station, both city parking garages and Pickering Wharf.
At the House of Seven Gables, visitors can take in a concert by O'Carolan Etcetera for $10 per person, which goes to benefit the House of Seven Gables as well as Historic Salem, Inc. Tickets go on sale at 4:30 p.m. at the venue, and the show begins at 5.
Also on Saturday, the Hawthorne Hotel will be hosting a Christmas Tea from 2 to 4 p.m. for $19.95 per person (tax and gratuities not included). Reservations for this event are strongly recommended, and can be made by calling 978-825-4311.
For more information visit christmasinsalem.org.