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Christmas Activities/Events

2015 Holiday Activities

8202015_112345_0.pngChristmas Gift Idea!!
It may be cold & snowy, but you can give the gift of summer with a
2016 gift card or season pass
from Salem Family Aquatic Center.

Gift cards (good for 5 visits) - $25
Individual Season Pass - $70
Family Season (up to 4 family members) - $185

Offer good through December 31, 2015.

Certificates for 2016 Gift Cards/Season Passes may be purchased
at Salem City Hall, 101 South Broadway Avenue in Salem.

Friday - December 4

Scroll all the way to the end for the full list of holiday activities/programs.

5:45 p.m.
Santa Claus arrives via firetruck
at Salem City Hall.

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Santa will be available to visit with
the children at Salem City Hall
from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

TSS Photography.jpg will be taking professional pictures of your child and/or family with Santa!
Picture packages will be available to purchase

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Carolers on Sweney Corner


Gingerbread House Contest
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Salem City Hall

  • All components must be edible.
  • Entries will be judged on originality, overall appearance, choice and use of materials, and difficulty of design.
  • The entry must be delivered in completed form, attached to a base no bigger than 24" L x 18" W.
  • All entries are to be delivered and set up at Salem city Hall between 5:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. on Friday, December 4.
  • Entries will be on display, for public viewing, from 6;00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Salem City Hall.
  • Entries must be picked up between 8:00 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Friday, December 4.

Winners will be announced on WJBD Radio
on Saturday morning - December 5.
1st place prize - $25 in Salem Dollars
2nd place prize - $15 in Salem Dollars

Winners will be presented with their prize when they pick up their entries.

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at Bryan Museum
408 South Broadway in Salem
Christmas cider & cookies
Seasonal music by a local dulcimer group!
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.


Free Holiday Movie
7:00 p.m.
at Salem Community Theatre
Concessions by Salem Community Theatre

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A heartwarming, tender story of how one very special dog
changed the lives of his adoptive family--and an entire town--forever!

The following Salem businesses will be
OPEN the evening of December 4

Saturday - December 5
Christmas is for Kids!
(of all ages, of course!)
     Breakfast at 9:00 a.m./Lunch at 11:30 a.m.
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at Salem’s Bryan Bennett Library
$7.00/person for breakfast or lunch
Facepainting by Sheila Halterman
Crafts with Keep Salem Beautiful
and lots of fun!
Must register and pay fee at Salem City Hall
no later than noon on Wednesday, December 2.
Maximum of 50 for Breakfast and 50 for Lunch.
Registration may close early, if seats sell out early.
No tickets will be sold at the door.
All children must be accompanied by a responsible adult.

TSS Photography.jpgwill be taking professional pictures of your child and/or family with Santa!
Picture packages will be available to purchase


A special treat for children at Christmas time is the chance to talk directly to Santa himself!
Have Santa call your child and wish them a Merry Christmas, or remind them to be good!
Santa will say their name and even what they want for Christmas!


This night of excitement and enchantment will be on
Thursday, December 10
5:30 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.
Children need only write a letter to Santa
to receive a person-to-person call directly from the North Pole.
Letters should be placed in Santa's special mailbox, located at Salem City Hall or mailed to
Santa Claus
c/o City of Salem Recreation Department
101 South Broadway       Salem, IL  62881.
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Letter forms will be available at Salem City Hall after Monday, November 23,
(Because Santa is so busy during the Holiday season,
he will only have time to call children who are 10 years old and younger.)   

Salem City Hall will be open from
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on
Friday, December 4
for children to mail their letters to Santa.
Letter forms are available at Salem City Hall.
From the City of Salem Recreation Department!