“Sea Festival of Trees” opens 11/17! Ice skating, magical lights and a giant gingerbread house!
Get ready for a forest of sparkling holiday trees and wreaths—fancily decorated with unique and fun themes, visits with Santa, Elsa and The Grinch, skating on Seaside Ice–our indoor rink, music and dance performances, a coastal arts and crafts show, lots of cool special events, a giant gingerbread house castle display, gift and sweet shop, and festival café. It’s a 15-day holiday wonderland by the sea!
“Sea Festival of Trees” Sparkling Trees & Designer Wreaths
Admission: $7, children under 2 are free
Walk through a maze of beautifully decorated trees that create a breathtaking array of color and lights to form the centerpiece of the Sea Festival of Trees. Trees and wreaths are decorated by a variety of businesses, organizations, student groups and individuals for the purpose of raising monies for local charities during the holiday season.
2018 Sea of Festival Hours
- Saturday, November 17 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, November 18 | 11AM-5PM
- Monday, November 19 | 5PM-9PM
- Tuesday, November 20 | 5PM-9PM
- Wednesday, November 21 | 5PM-9PM
- Friday, November 23 | 10AM-9PM
- Saturday, November 24 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, November 25 | 11AM-5PM
- Monday, November 26 | 5PM-9PM
- Tuesday, November 27 | 5PM-9PM
- Wednesday, November 28 | 5PM-9PM
- Thursday, November 29 | 5PM-9PM
- Friday, November 30 | 5PM-9PM
- Saturday, December 1 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, December 2 | 11AM-5PM
Indoor Ice Skating at Seaside Ice
November 17 through December 2, open skate during Festival hours. FREE.
Skate Rentals: $5 per person. Children and adult sizes available.
Come take a spin! No hats, gloves and jackets are required as you skate to holiday music with breathtaking views of the ocean on nearly 1,500 square feet of artificial ice at Blue Ocean Event Center’s indoor skating rink. A fun experience for the entire family, from the novice to aspiring figure skater or hockey player! Rental skates are available or bring your own and skate to music by the sea. Enjoy a bite to eat before, during or after your ice-skating outing in Blue Sky Lounge. Call 978.462.5800 for hours.
Giant Gingerbread House Unveiling
Thursday, November 15; 6:00pm
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, horse-drawn hay rides, and complimentary hot cocoa and cookies create the perfect start to the holiday season.
Giant Gingerbread House Display
On display from November 15 through Mid-January
See New England’s largest whimsical confectionery creation on display in Blue Ocean Event Center lobby. The huge sugary structure is constructed of edible gingerbread, candy, frosting and other colorful holiday sweets.
Santa Visits & Character Appearances
November 17-December 2
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. See here for a schedule of visiting hours.
Santa’s Candy Cane Lane
November 17-December 2
Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane. Santa’s not in? Write your wish list on our special Santa Stationary and mail your letter to the jolly old fellow in our authentic North Pole Express mailbox. See here for a schedule of visiting hours.
Elsa’s Ice Castle
November 17-December 1
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. See here for a schedule of visiting hours.
Wally the Green Monster Visits Sea Festival of Trees
Friday, November 23; 6:00pm-7:45pm
Red Sox mascot Wally 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.
Naughty & Nice Holiday Brunch
Sunday, November 26; 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
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 and ticket info or click here.
Polar Express Pajama Party + Brunch
Sunday, December 2; 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost $35 per person
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. Call 978-462-5800 for pricing and ticket info or click here.
Sea Festival of Trees
Blue Ocean Music Hall
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA