24th Annual Riverfront Park Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony

An elementary age girl with Santa looking at a large tree covered in holiday lights.

The holiday season has arrived! Please plan to bundle up and bring your family to the Riverfront Park Rotary Pavilion at 200 Water Street NE in downtown Salem to celebrate this free community event.  Festivities will begin at 6:00 pm on the evening of Friday, December 6, 2019, and will include:

  • A special visit from Santa
  • Free hot cocoa and cookies provided by Roth's Fresh Market
  • Live reindeer
  • Holiday bell ringing
  • Letter to Santa station
  • Musical performances from the North Salem High School Choir
  • Holiday craft making
  • Scavenger Hunt
  • Visits with Salem Fire Department and Salem's Park Ranger

The tree lighting ceremony will be led by Salem Mayor Chuck Bennett and is expected to begin at 6:30 pm. One lucky child in attendance will be selected to help Mayor Bennett "flip the switch" to light the holiday tree.

This annual holiday event is sponsored by the City of Salem and Comcast.