The holiday season in downtown Salem will arrive this weekend in festive fashion. Of course it will be highlighted by a visit straight from the North Pole by you know who!
On Friday in what has become a yearly tradition, "Light Up Salem" will be held at the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce. For those out-of-towners wanting to visit, the chamber is located at the intersection of East State Street and South Lincoln Avenue.
Residents are invited to attend and watch the lighting of the beautiful downtown holiday lights and the Christmas tree on the front lawn of the chamber. The talented Salem High School Encore Show Choir will perform as the lights are turned on for the Christmas season. Members of Realife Church in Salem and the Salvation Army will provide free refreshments.
Downtown will be bustling Saturday afternoon. At 1 p.m. the "Welcome Santa to Salem Parade" will be held. It is co-sponsored by the Salem Retail and Business Association, a division of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, and the Salem News. The parade will begin at the Salem High parking lot and proceed south on North Lincoln Avenue, turning west at the intersection of Lincoln and State and moving through the downtown.
The parade will feature local groups and organizations, performers, floats, candy for the kids and Santa riding high atop a fire truck.
There will be free carriage rides from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. downtown. Following the parade, children - parents too-can visit Santa at the KSU City Center. There will be goody bags for children and free refreshments. There will be a free Christmas Craft room co-sponsored by Kent State Salem and the Rotary Interact Club, Santa pictures by Salem Giant Eagle, paw-tographs by "Salem" the 2012 Animal Planet Puppy Bowl contestant and a free concert by the always-impressive West Branch "Young and Alive" choir at 2:15 p.m. in the KSU City Center auditorium. The schedule of these activities is listed on the Salem Chamber's website at www.salemohiochamber.org.
The Salem News is delighted to be part of this holiday happening, as a parade co-sponsor, info conduit and source of post-event photographs on our pages. This weekend is a great example of fun and entertaining times being held right in our own downtown. Much, very much of it is free. This weekend will bring people downtown and bring people together. That is always good to see. It's good for our city. And with the forecast calling for no rain and pretty decent temperatures on Friday and Saturday we encourage you to participate, especially those having young children and grandchildren.