“Sea Festival of Trees” opens 11/23! 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!
All the trees are generously donated by local individuals, businesses, and organizations and are beautifully decorated for your enjoyment. All the trees will be raffled off to lucky winners. Proceeds benefit Salisbury Beach Partnership and the Fund to Bring Back the Historic Carousel.
“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.
2019 Sea of Festival Hours
- Friday, November 22 | 6:30PM-10PM – Spirits of Christmas Gala (ticketed event)
- Saturday, November 23 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, November 24 | 11AM-5PM
- Monday, November 25 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Tuesday, November 26 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Wednesday, November 27 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Thursday, November 28 | CLOSED Happy Thanksgiving!
- Friday, November 29 | 10AM-9PM
- Saturday, November 30 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, December 1 | 11AM-5PM
- Monday, December 2 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Tuesday, December 3 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Wednesday, December 4 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Thursday, December 5 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Friday, December 6 | 5:30PM-9PM
- Saturday, December 7 | 10AM-9PM
- Sunday, December 8 | 11AM-5PM
Indoor Ice Skating at Seaside Ice
November 22 through December 8, 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 978-462-2512 for hours.
Giant Gingerbread House Unveiling
Thursday, November 21; 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 21 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 & North Pole Post Office
November 23 – December 8
Visit Santa and get your picture with jolly old St. Nick! Donning his big red suit in a big red velvet chair, Santa poses for holiday photos. Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane. Children are also invited to write their wish list on the Festival’s special Santa stationery and mail the letter in our authentic North Pole Express mailbox. See here for a schedule of visiting hours.
Elsa’s Ice Castle
Saturdays and Sundays November 23 – December 8
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.
Watch out for the Grinch
Friday, November 29, Saturdays and Sundays November 30 – December 8
Look for the mean green one prancing among the trees. Capture a photo with this playful character who has a small heart and mischievous manner. See here for the Mean Green One’s Schedule
Naughty & Nice Holiday Brunch
Sunday, December 1; 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost: $35 per person
Sound the sirens and ring the bell! Santa arrives for brunch by fire truck on Sunday morning December 1st at 10am, courtesy of the Salisbury Fire Department. The jolly old fellow joins the fun inside with the Mean Green One for a Naughty and Nice brunch filled with music, interactive games, tableside visits and photos with Santa and the Grinch, big screen movie, Sweet & Sour Sundae Bar and more. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office at 978-462-5888.
Polar Express Pajama Party + Brunch
Sunday, December 8; 10:00am-12:00pm
Cost $35 per person
Pajama-clad children and adults take a land-based adventure through the endearing children’s book The Polar Express, written by Chris Van Allsburg. Morning pajama party includes a full brunch, reading of The Polar Express book by a jovial conductor, scavenger hunt through the trees, rich and thick hot cocoa and homemade fudge brownies delivered by servers in white chef coats and hats, visit from Mr. Claus, and a keepsake silver bell for every child from Santa’s elves. Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office at 978-462-5888.
Sea Festival of Trees
Blue Ocean Music Hall
4 Oceanfront North, Salisbury, MA