It sure doesn't feel like winter right now with the sun shining brightly and temperatures in Salem projected to reach the mid-to-high-50's over the next three days, but you don't need freezing temperatures to experience the holiday season.
Salem Trolley's "A Christmas Carol" continues this week, as do the Christmas tours at the House of the Seven Gables. Details are below. Also, Santa Claus is scheduled to arrive early this year, Friday night on the rooftop of the historic Hawthorne Hotel!
And don't forget, the last day of the Salem Farmers' Market is December 20, meaning there is only three Thursday's remaining to stock up on fresh, locally-grown produce at Old Town Hall.
Here is a snapshot of the week in Salem:
Salem State Art and Design Faculty Exhibition
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Winfisky Gallery in the Ellison Campus Center (352 Lafayette Street).
The finale of the fall semester is a much-anticipated annual event showcasing the work of faculty from within Salem State's nationally accredited department of art and design. Works by both full- and part-time studio faculty in printmaking, painting, glass, design, sculpture, photography and various other media are exhibited.
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.
Wednesday, Dec. 5, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Peabody Essex Museum (161 Essex Street).
A fun, interactive program with books, movement, music, art and hands-on activities, designed specifically for preschoolers and their caregivers. Drop in and meet at information desk. For families with children up to age 5.
Winter Farmers' Market
Thursday, Dec. 6, 3 - 6 p.m. at Old Town Hall (Derby Square).
Salem Trolley presents "A Christmas Carol"
Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, at Salemdipity (86 Wharf Street).
This humorous and whimsical interactive performance reanimates Charles Dickens' timeless holiday classic. This wildly popular event is in its 26th year and all weekend shows are already sold out! This week, tickets remain available for 6 and 7 p.m. on Thursday, and 6 and 7:30 p.m. on Friday. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online at salemtrolley.com.
Craig Lucas' "RECKLESS" at Salem Theatre
Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 ? 9 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
Thursday, Dec. 6, and Friday, Dec. 7, 7:30 - 10 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.
Santa's Arrival Atop the Hawthorne Hotel
Friday, Dec. 7, 6 - 7 p.m. at the Hawthorne Hotel (18 Washington Square).
Just what it sounds like. Jolly ole' Saint Nick arrives in Salem in style on the rooftop of the historic Hawthorne Hotel.
First Friday's in Salem
Friday, Dec. 7, 6 - 8 p.m. throughout downtown.
To create a vibrant scene and showcase the best local shops, services and dining in the North Shore, downtown businesses stay open late with music, events, discounts and more! Visit salemfirstfriday.com for a full list of participants and events.
The Dejas at Howling Wolf
Friday, Dec. 7, 10 - 12 p.m. at Howling Wolf Taqueria (corner of Lafayette and Derby Street).
Aaron Katz and Callie Lipton perform at Howling Wolf.