Salem’s So Sweet
Every February, Salem spends three days celebrating the glistening beauty of ice sculptures and the decadent pleasures of chocolate. More than 20 sculptures are scattered throughout town; this year’s art included a glowing cat, a sailboat, and a pair of kissing fish. Restaurants and retailers offer chocolate samplings, special discounts, themed desserts, and even chocolate fountains.
For three nights in December each year, Newburyport merchants stay open late and offer holiday shoppers refreshments alongside great deals. Sip champagne punch, take in the town Christmas tree and decorations, and take advantage of giveaways and promotions.