City of Salem prepares for the holidays with annual Christmas Parade, several other celebrations

Roanoke Valley News

Courtesy: City of Salem

SALEM, Va. (WFXR) — The City of Salem is gearing up for numerous holiday celebrations during the month of December.

The annual Christmas Parade, which is traditionally held on Main Street, will take place in the Salem Civic Center parking lot. “Winter WonderLot — the 2020 Salem Christmas Parade” will take place Friday, Dec. 4 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

This is a free event, but attendees are encouraged to bring a donation of non-perishable canned food for the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry.

Floats and performers will be positioned in designated locations throughout the Taliaferro Complex, allowing citizens and visitors the ability to drive through and enjoy each entry without leaving their cars.

“This has been a challenging time for all of us, but the Salem Kiwanis Club members are excited about the possibilities this event offers all involved. We are blessed to have a facility as versatile as the Salem Civic Center, and we really look forward to working with our past entries and new participants to make this event special and unique.”

Jim Paxton, Salem Kiwanis Club President-elect and Parade Committee Head

Those wishing to participate in the parade can get complete info and an entry form at this Parade Entry link or by calling (540) 404-1443

Along with the “Winter WonderLot” Christmas Parade, Salem Parks and Recreation will present the Annual Christmas Tree Lighting at the Salem Farmers Market and the Gingerbread Festival at the Salem Public Library.

The City of Salem has a few other events planned for the holiday season.

“The Salem Civic Center and Salem Parks and Recreation staffs have been adapting their events and schedules ever since the onset of COVID-19. You have to keep looking forward and evolving, and I commend the Kiwanis Club of Salem for doing its part to keep the holiday spirit alive.”

Wendy Delano, Salem Director of Civic Facilities

The Annual Lighting of the City of Salem Christmas Tree at the Salem Farmers Market will take place on Friday, Dec. 4, at 6 p.m. on Facebook. This tradition will kick-off the holiday season just before the “Winter WonderLot” Christmas Parade.

This year’s Gingerbread Festival will be held at the Salem Museum on East Main Street on Saturday, Dec. 5, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Masks are encouraged outside and required inside the Museum.

Santa and Mrs. Claus will head to the Salem Civic Center on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, from 1 to 5 p.m. each day to take socially distant photos with you and your family members for only $10.

Families will drive their vehicles into the Salem Civic Center Annex, one at a time, exit their cars and have photos taken in a socially distant manner on the festive holiday set with Santa and Mrs. Claus.

Each carload can have a maximum of six people and the cost is $10 per carload. Children will not be able to sit on Santa’s lap, but will instead be seated on a bench in front of Mr. and Mrs. Claus. The bench will be sanitized between each family group photo. Masks are required until the photos are taken, at which time, the children can take their masks off.

Photos will be made available for download between Sunday, Dec. 6 through Thursday, Dec. 10. Parents and guardians will be allowed to take their own photos, as well.

“Salem Crafty Christmas” will be held on Saturday, Dec. 12, from 8 a.m. to noon. This event will take place at the Salem Farmers Market and feature handmade crafts, artisan items, greenery, baked goods, cheeses, eggs and much more. All visitors are asked to adhere to the Market’s posted rules for COVID-19.

On Saturday, Dec. 12, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Salem Holiday Market will take place at the Salem Civic Center. Browse through a selection of items from unique crafters, artists, and direct sales vendors. This is a free event, but patrons are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Salem-Roanoke County Food Pantry. Shoppers are required to wear face coverings at all times

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