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Dates:Friday, February 10, 2023 - Sunday, February 12, 2023
Ages:Kids, Teens, Adults
In/Outdoor:Indoor, Outdoor
Cost:$$ see below
Category:Ice & Snow Fun

salem main streets photoSalem’s So Sweet Chocolate and Ice Sculpture Festival – Feb. 10 through Feb. 12, 2023

Salem Main Streets and the Salem Chamber of Commerce invite you to participate in the annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival – a decadent tradition of delectable chocolate, sparkling ice sculptures, and Valentine’s Day shopping!

Now in its 21st year, we are continuing to evolve the signature elements of our event to better reflect the challenges and opportunities within our business community and incorporate best practices learned over the years.

Elements of this year’s festival will include:

• Ice sculptures around town, starting with installation on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall on Friday, Feb. 10th
• Evening illumination of ice sculptures on Friday, Feb. 10 and Saturday, Feb. 11 from 5 pm to 8 pm
• A Kickoff Party (ticket link below!) and late night shopping on Friday, Feb. 10 to replace the previous Chocolate & Wine Tasting event.
• The Chocolate Hearts Challenge on Saturday, Feb. 11 and Sunday, Feb. 12 – an app-based game with QR codes in businesses around town offering a range of prizes
• Sweet treats and deals at many of the amazing local shops and eateries all weekend!

Salem’s So Sweet is made possible by support from local businesses Blackcraft, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem Night Tours, Witch City Walking Tours, Gourmet Caterers, Marblehead Bank, Nocturne, Re-find, and Seagrass, in part by a grant through the City of Salem and U.S. Economic Development Administration, and is supported by tourism dollars through Destination Salem.

Salem’s So Sweet Kickoff Event, Friday, Feb. 10


Salem’s So Sweet gets started with a new Kickoff Event fundraiser on Friday, February 10.

Ticket buyers will start at the Peabody Essex Museum’s Connect Space (135 Essex Street) with timed entries beginning at 4:50 pm, where they will receive a commemorative glass, a complementary pour of wine, and a goodie bag of sweet treats before heading out to explore.

There will be multiple shops nearby providing wine tastings for ticket holders, and participants can enjoy the illuminated ice sculptures and live music on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall.

Additional downtown retailers will be staying open until 8 pm that evening for shopping, treats, and/or tastings.

Many downtown restaurants will be running unique specials and tastings as well.

Tickets are $40 and must be purchased for one of three different timed sessions (4:50PM – 5:30PM, 5:30PM – 6:10PM, 6:10PM – 6:50PM) where ticket holders will be able to check in, receive their wine glass, pour of wine, and goodie bag.

Ticket buyers may arrive any time during their selected window.


Ice Sculptures, installation beginning Friday, Feb. 10

Over 25+ ice sculptures will be on display for viewing around town during the festival.

A special sneak peek with a limited number of sculptures will be illuminated on Friday night on the Essex Street Pedestrian Mall and Lappin Park only, and on Saturday night all of the sculptures will be lit.

Sculptures will be illuminated between 5:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. both nights, weather permitting.

SPECIAL this year, traveling installation Brighter Ignited by Tova Speter will be on display during the illumination, brought to us by the Jewish Arts Collaborative and sponsored by Creative Collective.

More details about this year’s ice sculptures to come soon!

Chocolate Hearts Challenge, Feb. 11 and 12

Play the “Chocolate Hearts Challenge”, a game where customers can scan a QR code posted near the point of sale at participating businesses for a chance to win prizes.

A purchase by the customer is not required but is highly encouraged.

A full list of participating businesses and information about how to play will be posted closer to the event.

Follow Salem’s So Sweet on Facebook for the latest updates!

For more information, contact Kylie Sullivan at [email protected] or 978.744.0004.

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135 Essex Street, Salem, MA, 01970 map
Phone: 978-744-0004

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