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Welcoming the season in Salem

Santa Claus waves from atop Salem Fire Department’s Truck 4 near the end of the Salem Christmas parade. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
A gingerbread house signals it’s time for Gingerbread Day this weekend. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
This wandering dinosaur appears ready to chomp on a street lamp along East State Street. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Allegheny Wesleyan College celebrates the season, advertising their free vocal and instrumental ensemble concert set for 7 p.m. Dec. 20 at Salem High School. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
A group sporting green hats rides in the parade. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Salem Cub Scouts Pack 3 members wave to the crowd. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
The West Branch Warrior Band plays a holiday tune. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
The Pride of Salem Marching Band gets festive for the parade. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
An Aut Mori Grotto clown walks along the parade route. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Members of Salem High School’s Encore sing Christmas carols in front of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce building. The Salem Senior High School choir concert begins at 6 p.m. Monday in the high school auditorium. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Kerri Ackler, 6-month-old Julian Ackler and Liliana DeMarco, soon-to-be 8, all of Salem, pose with Santa Claus during Light-Up Night on the Village Green at the corner of State and Lincoln in Salem. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Tessa Barrett, 2, of Salem, smiles with a lollipop along the Salem Christmas parade route on East State Street on Thursday. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)
Salem Mayor John Berlin and Salem Area Chamber of Commerce President Nate Mullen celebrate the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree and lights in Salem Thursday night. (Salem News photo by Mary Ann Greier)

Community members celebrated the lighting of the downtown Christmas tree and lights in Salem Thursday night.

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