Salem Saturdays at Christmas are a daytime, town-wide event that is great fun for the kids, and just what you need during the hectic holiday season. Slow down, stroll Main Street, visit the decorated buildings, and sit & chat with our interpreters. Learn how this remote part of Carolina created an environment of celebration and reflection in the solitude of this rural landscape. A Moravian Christmas in North Carolina has a distinctive southern quality. A slight nip in the air, an abundance of pine & magnolia leaves, the smell of beeswax candles, intricate putz, decorated pyramid trees, and of course baked treats straight out of the beehive oven.
Salem Night: “Softly The Night Is Sleeping” is an evening, town-wide event designed to allow you the time to slow down, leave the busy holiday season behind and start to reflect on family & friends. Join us for this once-a-season special candlelight evening of open, warm, and inviting Christmas experiences. From singing in the Single Brothers House, to piano forte concerts in the Boy’s School, baking in the beehive ovens in the Miksch House & Winkler Bakery, the historic district will be alive with a renewed presence of the holiday. This is a perfect opportunity to bring visiting family and start an annual start to the Christmas week. Our retail stores will be open for any last-minute gifts you may need (or buy one of our newly created Salem pottery pieces for yourself!).
A Baking We Go!: Christmas 2018 Candlelight Tours are a time to grab a candle lantern, an apron and join us– Old Salem style! We need your help in preparing Salem’s Christmas Holiday treats. Our 2018 Christmas candlelight tours will involve you in real, hands-on baking. From the Moravian Love Feast buns in Winkler Bakery, to the famous Moravian gingerbread in the Miksch Family House, you will mix, knead, roll, and create some of the most important of Salem’s holiday treats.
2018 Winter Fair: It’s the week after Christmas, you have family visiting, you have cabin fever, and nothing to do? Until Now. Start a Family tradition. Make plans now for the first ever “Old Salem Winter Festival”. Every day, between Christmas and New Year’s Eve, we will be hosting special hands-on workshops (for all ages), family-friendly activities in each historic building, and craftsman & cooking demonstrations. Buy a weeklong ticket and keep coming back every day so that you and your family always have something to do! We are offering the sale of these special week-long tickets now, so that they might be purchased as a gift for Christmas.
- “Behind the Scenes Tour” at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts. Offered Monday-Saturday at 11:00am & 2:00pm and Sunday’s at 2:00, $20 per person.
- Special Hotel Packages. Price varies.
- HANDCRAFTED + SALEM 1766 items will be available in our retail stores.