Sea Festival of Trees
Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular
A Family-Friendly Holiday Tradition
The 5th annual Sea Festival of Trees lights up the seacoast with 15 days of Christmas – Friday, November 17, through Sunday, December 3! Held at the spacious Blue Ocean Event Center located directly on the ocean at Salisbury Beach, this annual holiday fundraiser offers two floors of family holiday fun.
For just $5 per person, visitors walk through a maze of beautifully decorated 4 foot to 10 foot-high artificial trees decorated with a breathtaking array of holiday colors and more than 75,000 twinkling lights. Attendees also have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets (a sheet of 25 raffle tickets is sold for $5) and enter to win the themed trees of their choosing.
Close to 150 spectacular themed trees – many with holiday décor or gifts valued at up to $1,000 or more – are donated by regional businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, student groups, work colleagues, and individuals, who showcase their decorating talents for the benefit nonprofit organizations. Donations benefit Anna Jaques Hospital, the Salisbury Beach Partnership and the Salisbury Beach Betterment Association.
While the trees form the centerpiece of Sea Festival of Trees, that’s not all this event has to offer. Also included in price of admission:
Giant Gingerbread Beach Castle Display
New England’s largest whimsical confectionary creation, designed and hand-built by Amesbury resident Jim Shalkoski, will be on display in Blue Ocean Event Center lobby. The 8-foot by 8-foot sugary structure is constructed of edible gingerbread, candy, frosting and other colorful holiday sweets.
Seaside Ice Skating Rink
Blue Ocean Event Center’s indoor synthetic skating rink, Seaside Ice, offers free public skating with Festival admission. Skate to holiday music with breathtaking views of the ocean on the newly expanded 1,800 square foot artificial ice rink. Skates rentals are available for children and adults. No hats, gloves and jackets required!
Holiday Stage Entertainment
Regional musicians, dance troupes, choirs and artists will perform on stage in Blue Ocean Music Hall at various times throughout the Festival.
North Pole Gift & Candy Shoppe
The Festival’s North Pole Shoppe will be filled with delectable holiday candies, stuffed animals, festive ornaments – including the 2016 commemorative Sea Festival of Trees ornament – and holiday gifts for purchase.
Giant Gingerbread House Unveiling
Baker Jim Shalkoski unveils and lights his creation. Holiday caroling, house-drawn hay rides, hot chocolate and cookies.
Grand Tree Lighting Spectacular
Exclusive VIP opening event to hundreds of holiday trees, including desserts, live entertainment and dancing.
Santa’s Arrival by Fire Truck
Special thanks to the Salisbury Fire Department, Santa will visit children and families at the Sea Festival of Trees. Naughty or Nice One-on-One times vary.
Holiday Strolling Characters
Frosty the Snowman and the Jolly Green Grinch prance amongst the trees to say hello and post for pictures.
Gingerbread House Workshop
Decorate a take-home gingerbread house with holiday candies, gum drops, royal icing and more. Includes instruction on how to make mini marshmallow snowmen, tootsie roll log piles, etc. Price per person includes a pre-constructed gingerbread house and base. Space is limited; seating is at tables of 8.
Holiday Shopping Night at By the Sea Gifts
Support Local and Shop Small at this VIP Event with complimentary wine and cheese. 10% off storewide, raffle items and a showcase of local artisans. Jewelry, home décor, candles, frames, scarves and more affordable holiday gifts.
Polar Express Pajama Party
Make one of your favorite children’s books come to life with a reading of the Polar Express, followed by a pizza party and scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees, where you’ll meet elves, the train conductor and Santa!