NOTE: Some event dates subject to change. Check back closer to the festival for updates.
Thursday, November 21
Giant Gingerbread House Lighting 6PM
A free family event, join the fun as Blue Ocean Event Center unveils and lights this year’s giant confectionery creation by extreme baker Jim Shalkoski. Holiday caroling and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies create the perfect start to the holiday season.
Friday, November 22
Be the first to see a sparkling holiday wonderland of trees come to life by the sea at this exclusive VIP opening event featuring beer, wine + liquor tastings from our beverage sponsors as well as food samplings from our award-winning Seaglass restaurant. Help us count down to illuminate some 150 themed holiday trees and congratulate the tree award winners.
Tickets $25 on sale through our box office, 978-462-5888, starting mid-October. Physical tickets are not mailed out. Names of ticket holders will be added to a guest list for the night of the event.
Saturday, November 23
Coastal Christmas Arts + Crafts Show 10AM-4PM
A magical holiday shopping experience by the sea, on the shores of Salisbury Beach! Find an exclusive selection of handmade coastal-inspired and beach-themed gifts for all of your holiday gift giving.
Seaglass Jewelry • Coastal Ornaments • Ocean-Inspired Decor
Nautical Accessories • Fine Art • Unique Handcrafted Gifts
$7 Admission Includes Craft Show & SeaFestival of Trees
Santa Visits & Character Appearances
Visit Santa and get your picture with jolly old St. Nick! See the snow queen from everyone’s favorite movie, Frozen, by Seaside Ice in her beautiful flowing blue dress. Meet a jolly, happy soul and a mean green one as Frosty the Snowman and the jolly green Grinch prance among the trees to say hi and pose for photos with the young and young at heart
Santa’s Candy Cane Lane
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 11AM-4PM, 5-8PM
Sunday, Nov. 24 | 12PM – 4PM
Monday, Nov. 25 | 5PM-8PM
Tuesday, Nov. 26 | 5PM-8PM
Wednesday, Nov. 27 | 5PM-8PM
Friday, Nov. 29 | 11AM – 4PM, 5-8PM
Saturday, Nov. 30 | 11AM – 4PM, 5-8PM
Sunday, Dec. 1 | 12:30 – 4PM
Monday, Dec. 2 | 5PM-8PM
Tuesday, Dec. 3 | 5PM-8PM
Wednesday, Dec. 4 | 5PM-8PM
Thursday, Dec. 5 | 5PM-8PM
Friday, Dec. 6 | 5PM-8PM
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 11AM – 4PM, 5-8PM
Sunday, Dec. 8 | 12:30 – 4PM
(Hours subject to change)
Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane. Santa’s not in? Write your wish list on our special Santa Stationery and mail your letter to the jolly old fellow in our authentic North Pole Express mailbox.
Elsa’s Ice Castle – Grandview Hall
Saturday, Nov. 23 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Nov. 24 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Friday, Nov. 29 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Saturday, Nov. 30 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Dec. 1 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Saturday, Dec. 7 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Dec. 8 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
(Hours subject to change)
Meet the snow queen from everyone’s favorite movie, Frozen, by the Winter Wonderland Castle gates near Seaside Ice Rink. Look for her beautiful flowing blue dress.
You’ll find the mean green one prancing among the trees. Be sure to capture a photo!
Sip, Stroll & Shop Ladies Night
Gather your gal pals and join us for a night of merriment at the festival with host Dana Marshall, radio DJ from 92.5 the River. Enjoy cocktail mixology and sampling, holiday demonstrations, shopping discounts, amazing door prizes and more! Details coming soon.
Wally the Green Monster Visits SeaFestival of Trees
Meet Wally the Green Monster, the Red Sox mascot, will be posing for pictures and giving out free hugs! Register to win free Red Sox World Series swag. Wear your team apparel to receive $1 off admission that night.
92.5 The River Street Team
Spin The River’s prize wheel to win fun giveaways, play games and get a sweet candy treat.
Town Nights – TBD
Check back for dates for town pride nights with discounted admission and more!
Triton Night at SeaFestival of Trees – 5PM-9PM
$3 off admission + free cookie for Salisbury, Newbury, and Rowley students & residents. Show proof of residency or student ID.
Winnacunnet Night at SeaFestival of Trees – 5PM-9PM
$3 off admission + free cookie for Seabrook, Hampton, North Hampton, South Hampton, Hampton Beach, and Hampton Falls students & residents. Show proof of residency or student ID.
Pentucket Night at SeaFestival of Trees – 5PM-9PM
$3 off admission + free cookie for West Newbury, Groveland, and Merrimac students & residents. Show proof of residency or student ID.
Newburyport + Amesbury Night at SeaFestival of Trees – 5PM-9PM
$3 off admission + free cookie for Newburyport and Amesbury students and residents. Show proof of residency or student ID.
Meet Official Bruins Mascot Blades the Bruin
Join the beloved Boston Bruins mascot and the Blades ambassadors for skating on Seaside Ice, hosted by Shark FM Radio. The fun-loving bear mascot is available for photos with fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Register to win a family four pack of tickets to a Bruins game at TD Garden! Wear your team apparel to receive $1 off admission that night.
Sunday, December 1
Santa + the Grinch Holiday Brunch
Sound the sirens and ring the bell! Santa will arrive at the Sea Festival of Trees by fire truck, courtesy of the Salisbury Fire Department. (Psst… while the Grinch hides inside!) The jolly old fellow and the mean green one join the fun inside Sea Festival of Trees where children and families can have brunch with their favorite characters. Credit card required for reservation. Space is limited; seating is at tables of 8. Tickets $35/person. Call 978-462-5800 to order (starting October).
It’s a Whoville Christmas Feast hosted by the Grinch! Gather your favorite Whos, tall and small, for a holiday feast complete with Who-pudding and yummy Roast Beast. Inspired by Dr. Seuss’ beloved holiday tale, we assembled a menu of favorite dishes and a whole lot of fun. So whisk your sleigh down Mt. Crumpit and o’er to the Grinch’s Lair by the sea for some feasting and singing…how merry can you be? $26.95pp. For tickets. call our box office at 978-462-5800.
Sunday, December 8
Holiday Stage Entertainment with
New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
2:30PM + 3:30PM
NHAPA dancers will perform on stage in Blue Ocean Music Hall for the enjoyment of festival attendees.
See a video of one of their past performances at SeaFestival of Trees
Sunday, December 8
Tree Raffle 5PM
Last day for public viewing, open 11AM-5PM. After that time, we will randomly draw a winner for each tree from the raffle tickets. Winners will be called Sunday night, and will be able to pick up their trees Monday 11AM-7PM.
Gingerbread Night Out
A fun ladies’ night out with holiday cocktail tastings, passed hors d’ouevres, and chef demos! Decorate a take-home, edible gingerbread house with an assortment of colorful holiday candies. $49.95pp. Call 978-462-5800 for reservations.
Sunday, December 8
All aboard for a magical journey to the North Pole! Take a land-based adventure through the endearing children’s book The Polar Express written by Chris Van Allsburg. Come in your pajamas or as you are for a fun-filled holiday experience that includes:
- Seaglass Brunch
- Reading of The Polar Express Book
- Polar Express-themed scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees
- Rich and thick hot chocolate and homemade chocolate chip cookies
- Visit from Santa , his elves and the conductor
- A silver bell for every child
Credit card required for reservation. Space is limited; seating is at tables of 8. Tickets $35/person. Call 978-462-5800 to order, starting October.
Seascape Creations Holiday Workshop
7PM – 9PM
Sip and create at this sea glass workshop with Seascape Creations! Make a sea glass window out of shells, starfish, sand dollars, and more. Come early to dine before you create. Enjoy $5 off any full-priced entree at Seaglass Restaurant. $50/person includes materials and instruction.