, Salem, MA

November 28, 2013

Track down Santa's helpers

By Muriel C. Hoffacker
Community Editor

---- — Whether you’ve been bad or good, one of Santa’s helpers is coming to your neighborhood. On land and by sea, here’s the schedule of where they will be:


Santa Claus will arrive atop the Hawthorne Hotel roof and descend with the help of the Salem Fire Department. He’ll head to the Salem Common for a tree lighting and carols and then proceed to the Museum Place Mall where he’ll pose for pictures with children.

When: Friday, Dec. 6, 6 p.m.

Where: 18 Washington Square W.

Admission: Free

With his busy travel schedule, Santa will have worked up an appetite. He’ll be at the Hawthorne Hotel to hear children’s holiday wishes and spread holiday cheer.

When: Sunday, Dec. 15, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Nathaniel’s & Sophia’s, 18 Washington Square W.

Admission: $28.95 adults, $14.95 children. Reservations strongly recommended at 978-825-4311.


The Farms-Prides Community Association will host Santa at the traditional Community Christmas Tree Lighting & Holiday Party, where there will be activities for children, including seasonal crafts, letters to Santa and photo opportunities with a jolly elf. Enjoy a tractor-drawn hayride, holiday refreshments for all ages and the lighting of the tree, which will remain lit all season long.

When: Sunday, Dec. 8, 2 to 5 p.m.

Where: Hastings House, 14 Oak St.

Admission: Free for FPCA members, $5 nonmembers

Santa Claus is packing his lobster boat, checking his charts and heading for the site of Washington’s Naval Base. Thanks to the Beverly Lobster Fleet and the Beverly Harbormaster Department, the sea-borne Santa will arrive aboard the Janie M., captained by Michael Malewicki, at the Ferryway Public Landing, where he’ll greet boys and girls and hand out candy canes and hot chocolate. Most importantly, this Santa helper will be taking children’s last-minute requests for the holiday.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 2:30 p.m., rain, snow or shine.

Where: Ferryway Public Landing by the Veterans Memorial Bridge and Public Pier.

Admission: Free


Santa will make a special stop to the Swampwalk, where attendees can have their picture taken with him. Families and dogs are welcome.

When: Saturday, Nov. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Danvers-Wenham Swampwalk on the Danvers Rail Trail

Admission: Proceeds from picture sales donated to Toys for Tots

The seafaring Santa will motor to Pope’s Landing for an array of festivities hosted by the River Committee. He’ll take photos with children, and there will be many other free activities, including pony and hay rides, a moon bounce, and free hot chocolate and snacks for all. Every child will receive a free photo with Jolly Ol’ St. Nick.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7. Festivities take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Santa arrives at noon.

Where: Pope’s Landing, 8 Harbor St.

Admission: Free


Visit Santa during Winthrop School’s Holiday Boutique, and while there, explore more than 47 local vendors, stock up on cookies at the cookie walk, bid on silent auction items and peruse the selections at the Scholastic Book Fair. Children can do their own holiday shopping with help from elves.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Where: 325 Bay Road

Admission: $2 adults, $1 children and senior citizens

While his sleigh and reindeer are resting up for the big night, Santa will arrive by hay cart to join visitors on a hay ride. Aspiring elves and children may also make themselves an ornament to keep.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: Green Meadows Farm, 656 Asbury St.

Admission: Free, but a suggested donation of $1 helps pay for materials

Have breakfast with Santa at the Community House of Hamilton and Wenham. After a pancake breakfast, take a picture with Santa and decorate cookies with the Girl Scouts. Each child will receive a small gift.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 7:30 to 10 a.m.

Where: 284 Bay Road

Admission: $10 person. Advance registration and seating time required at 978-468-4818.


Santa Claus will be available for consultation or viewing from afar. While he’s visiting with other boys and girls, families can enjoy snacks and a craft in the Collins Room.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to noon

Where: Ipswich Public Library, 25 N. Main St.

Admission: Free

Head over to the Memory Tree at Town Hill to sing carols with Buddy the Elf while awaiting Santa’s arrival. Then, join Santa and Buddy the Elf on the Jingle Bell Walk to Ipswich Town Hall, where guests can get their photos taken with Santa (Parents: bring a camera) and a gift bag to take home. Festivities include carolers, free games, and raffles for Christmas trees and an iPad Mini.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: Meet at the Town Hill on North Main Street, then head to Town Hall, 25 Green St. In case of rain or heavy snow, meet at Town Hall.

Admission: Tickets for food, beverages, face painting, crafts and raffles will be available for purchase, and donations of unwrapped gifts for children will be donated to Toys for Tots.


Santa will arrive at State Street Landing by lobster boat to kick off the Christmas Walk Parade. There will be activities, photos and giveaways.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, 9:30 a.m. Festivities begin at 9 a.m.

Where: State Street Landing

Admission: Free


Take your picture with Santa Claus at the Northshore Mall anytime until Dec. 24. Although he’ll be leaving on Christmas Eve, your picture with Santa will last forever.

When: Monday through Sunday, 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Where: Northshore Mall, 210 Andover St., in the lower level Nordstrom wing


Join Santa for breakfast and crafts sponsored by the Swampscott Recreation Department and Toys for Local Children. Since Santa is so popular, seating will be limited, and tickets must be purchased in advance. All proceeds from this merry meal will benefit Toys for Local Children.

When: Saturday, Dec. 14, 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Senior Center, behind the high school, 200 Rear Essex St.

Admission: Purchase tickets in advance at the Town Hall, 22 Monument Ave.; Swampscott Public Library, 61 Burrill St.; or at the Senior Center, 200 Rear Essex St.


Join Santa for a pancake breakfast hosted by the Topsfield American Legion. Then, have a photo taken with Mr. and Mrs. Claus. Crafts, games, face painting, snacks, raffles and a silent auction will be available through a sponsorship by TESPTO.

When: Saturday, Dec. 7, breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m., and photos from 9 to 11 a.m.

Where: Proctor School, 60 Main St.