22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

Bundle up the family and join your friends and neighbors on Friday, December 1, as Salem celebrates the 22nd Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony! This free community event is one of Salem's most loved community traditions.

Festivities begin at 6 p.m. and Mayor Chuck Bennett will lead the tree lighting ceremony at 6:30 p.m. One lucky child in attendance will be selected to help Mayor Bennett "flip the switch" to light the holiday tree.

Fun activities include:

  • Free hot cocoa and cookies provided by Roth's Fresh Market.
  • A family craft booth hosted by Straub Environmental Center.
  • Musical performances from the Grizzly Youth Choir.
  • A visit from Santa with special escort service provided by the Salem Fire Department.
  • Real live reindeer!​

Riverfront Park is located at 200 Water Street NE in downtown Salem. This annual holiday event is sponsored by the City of Salem and Comcast.

Contact us

Parks Operations
1410 20th ST SE Bldg 14
Salem OR 97302
Phone: