Enjoy The Lights In Salem, VA

tree lighting

Each year the Salem community gathers around to partake in a cherished tradition: lighting the Salem Christmas tree. Come kick off the holiday season with us at the Salem Farmers Market on Friday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. and see the town tree come to life!

Tree Lighting History

Believe it or not, decorating a Christmas tree is a relatively recent tradition. It’s long been believed that Martin Luther began the tradition of having a Christmas Tree in one’s home, and that he was the first to decorate it with lit candles. Christmas trees quickly became popular in Germany, though they didn’t catch on in the rest of the world until Queen Victoria was pictured with one in 1846 in the Illustrated London News. It quickly became fashionable to have a decorated Christmas tree, and before electric Christmas lights were invented, folks used to use candles on their trees. Thankfully this fire hazard came to an end in the 20th century as electric Christmas lights became more popular and easily produced.

Annual Salem Tree Lighting

The City of Salem will light the tree on Friday, December 6 at 6:00 p.m. at the Salem Farmers Market. After the tree is lit by local children, there will be Christmas Carols and a Christmas Parade. The Parade will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and wind its way through downtown Salem, so be sure to bring chairs and blankets to stay comfy and cozy while you enjoy the spectacle. Plus, food and drink vendors will be at the tree lighting, so you can grab dinner while you’re there. Admission to the event is free, so be sure to mark it on your calendars now!

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