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MAIN OFFICE PHONE:  (540) 375-3057|HOURS:  M-F 8am-5pm
MAIN OFFICE LOCATION:  620 Florida Street, Salem, VA 24153

Published on Wednesday, November 17, 2021

2021 Holiday Events Announced for Salem

The City of Salem’s Holiday celebrations will return to normal in early December. The annual Christmas Tree Lighting and Christmas Parade will officially get the festivities started on Friday, December 3, at 6 p.m. at the Salem Farmers Market. The annual Gingerbread Festival and Salem Crafty Christmas will take place the following day on Saturday, December 4. The Salem Civic Center also will host the Salem Holiday Market on December 11 and 12. Please take a moment to review these scheduled events.

Lighting of the City of Salem Christmas Tree & Parade

Come join us for the Annual Lighting of the City of Salem Christmas Tree on Friday, December 3, 6 p.m. at the Salem Farmers Market. This tradition brings the community together in the downtown area to view the beautiful decorations on Main Street and enjoy some holiday music just before the Salem Christmas Parade begins at 6:30 p.m. and travels west to east on Main Street.

Gingerbread Festival at the Salem Museum & Longwood Park

The Salem Parks and Recreation Department, the Salem-Roanoke County Chamber of Commerce and the Salem Museum present this year’s Gingerbread Festival at the Salem Museum & Longwood Park on Saturday, December 4, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Check out the incredible culinary creations, take a photo with Santa, warm-up at the fire pits, visit the petting zoo and enjoy children’s activities, vendors and The Holiday Train. Please Note: Masks are required for visitors inside the Museum.

Salem Crafty Christmas with Craft Artisans

The Salem Farmers Market and the Salem Parks and Recreation Department are bringing back a “Salem Crafty Christmas” on Saturday, December 4 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. This event will take place at the Salem Farmers Market and feature more than 40 crafters and vendors. Handmade crafts, artisan items, greenery, baked goods, cheeses, eggs and many more items will be available for your holiday shopping.

COVID-19 vaccinations also will be available at the Market from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on December 4.

Salem Holiday Market

This Craft and Vendor Show expands to two days this year. It will feature unique crafters, artists, and direct sell companies. Homemade crafts and local delicacies from more than 70 regional sellers will be featured at this year’s Salem Holiday Market. Admission to the event is free, but shoppers are encouraged to contribute to the Salem/Roanoke County Food Pantry with a donation of nonperishable food items, such as peanut butter, boxed pasta, canned vegetables, and spaghetti sauce.


Lighting of the Christmas Tree              Dec. 3 6 p.m.    Salem Farmers Market
Salem Christmas Parade   Dec. 3 6:30 p.m.     Downtown Salem
Gingerbread Festival Dec. 4 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.               Salem Museum & Longwood Park   
Salem Crafty Christmas Dec. 4 8 a.m. - 2pm Salem Farmers Market
Salem Holiday Market Dec. 11 & 12  9 a.m. - 4 p.m. Salem Civic Center


For more information on the Lighting of the Christmas Tree Lighting, the Gingerbread Festival and the Salem Crafty Christmas please call Salem Parks and Recreation at 375-3057.

The Kiwanis Club of Salem sponsors and organizes the Christmas Parade. You can get information on that event by calling 540-404-1443.

The Salem Holiday Market takes place at the Salem Civic Center - 540-375-3004


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