Thursday, November 15
Giant Gingerbread House Lighting 5:30PM
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 16
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.
Saturday, November 17
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
$5 Admission Includes Craft Show & SeaFestival of Trees
Seascape Creations Workshop
11AM – 1PM
Sip and create at this sea glass workshop with Seascape Creations! Make a sea glass window out of shells, starfish, sand dollars, and more. Stay after to dine and see the trees. Enjoy $5 off any full-priced entree at Seaglass Restaurant. $50/person includes materials and instruction. Sign up link coming later.
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. 17 | 11AM-4PM
Sunday, Nov. 18 | 12PM – 4PM
Monday, Nov. 19 | 5PM-8PM
Tuesday, Nov. 20 | 5PM-8PM
Wednesday, Nov. 21 | 5PM-8PM
Friday, Nov. 23 | 11AM – 4PM
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 11AM – 4PM
Sunday, Nov. 25 | 12:30 – 4PM
Monday, Nov. 26 | 5PM-8PM
Tuesday, Nov. 27 | 5PM-8PM
Wednesday, Nov. 28 | 5PM-8PM
Thursday, Nov. 29 | 5PM-8PM
Friday, Nov. 30 | 5PM-8PM
Saturday, Dec. 1 | 11AM – 4PM
Sunday, Dec. 2 | 12:30 – 4PM
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. 17 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Nov. 18 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Friday, Nov. 23 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Saturday, Nov. 24 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Nov. 25 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Saturday, Dec. 1 | 12PM – 4PM, Storytime at 2PM
Sunday, Dec. 2 | 11AM – 1PM, Storytime at 12:30PM
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.
The Grinch, Sandy the Seagull, + Other Holiday Characters
Weekend Afternoons – Roaming
You’ll find fun holiday characters prancing among the trees. Be sure to capture a photo!
Tuesday, November 20
Triton Night at SeaFestival of Trees
$3 admission for Salisbury, Newbury, and Rowley residents. Show proof of residency or student ID. Hot cocoa and cookies will be served.
Wednesday, November 21
Seabrook + The Hamptons Night at SeaFestival of Trees
$3 admission for Seabrook, Hampton, North Hampton, South Hampton + Hampton Falls students and residents. Show proof of residency or student ID. Complimentary hot cocoa!
Friday, November 23
Wally the Green Monster Visits SeaFestival of Trees
Red Sox mascot Wally will be posing for pictures and giving out free hugs!
Sunday, November 25
Santa + the Grinch Holiday Brunch
Sound the sirens and ring the bell! Santa will arrive at the Sea Festival of Trees by fire truck on Sunday morning November 26, 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. Call 978-462-5800 for pricing + ticket info or click here.
Monday, November 26
Amesbury Night at SeaFestival of Trees
$3 admission for Amesbury students + residents. Show proof of residency or student ID. Complimentary hot cocoa!
Paint and Sip with The Artist Bar
7PM – 9PM
As seen on ABC-TV Boston’s Chronicle, The Artist Bar classes led by artist Jennifer Clement is the North Shore’s premiere “paint and sip” class. Includes free admission to the SeaFestival of Trees – come early to view the trees and get a bite to eat. Then paint your choice of two holiday paintings TBA. Reserve your spot online (link coming soon). $50/person includes materials and instruction.
Tuesday, November 27
Newburyport Night at SeaFestival of Trees
$3 admission for Newburyport students and residents. Show proof of residency or student ID. Complimentary hot cocoa!
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. $45pp. Call 978-462-5800 for reservations.
Friday, November 30
Meet Official Bruins Mascot Blades the Bruin
Join the beloved Boston Bruins mascot and the Blades ambassadors for skating on Seaside Ice. The fun-loving bear mascot is available for photos with fans on a first-come, first-served basis.
Saturday, December 1
Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Show
Rock-n-roll Christmas classics with the famed guitarist. Reserved seating $30-50. Tickets will be on sale at BlueOceanHall.com.
Sunday, December 2
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. Check back for pricing + ticket info.
Sunday, December 2
Holiday Stage Entertainment with
New Hampshire Academy of Performing Arts
2PM + 3PM
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
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.