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September 27, 2017
Proceeds to benefit the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s Fund to Bring Back Historical Carousel
Friday, November 17 – Sunday, December 3
(Salisbury, MA)  The 5th annual Sea Festival of Trees lights up the seacoast with 15 days of Christmas beginning Friday, November 17th.  Held at the spacious Blue Ocean Event Center located directly on the ocean at Salisbury Beach, Massachusetts, the annual holiday fundraiser offers two floors of family holiday fun and will be open to the public Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, December 3, with a Spirits of Christmas Gala kick-off on Friday evening, November 17. 
Presented by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, Sea Festival of Trees proceeds will support the Salisbury Beach Partnership’s fund to bring back the historic Looff 1890s Carousel, known to visitors as The Broadway Flying Horses that delighted generations of families between 1914 and 1977.  The rare three-row, original Coney Island, New York treasure, is now a fully restored museum-quality carousel with some 47 hand carved horses, dogs, goats and chariots.
“The Sea Festival of Trees is a fun holiday tradition for seacoast families that will support returning a piece of history to the beach center and restoring a favorite summer tradition for generations of families to come,” said Wayne Capolupo, president of the Salisbury Beach Partnership, the non-profit organization that is leading the campaign in partnership with the Town of Salisbury to bring the historic carousel back to its original home.
In 2016, the event yielded $85,000 in donations.

Close to 150 spectacular themed trees—many with holiday décor or gifts valued at up to $1,000 or more— are donated and decorated by regional businesses, civic organizations, elected officials, student groups, work colleagues, and individuals.  There is no fee to enter a tree; the tree and its adornments are considered the donation.  A full list of donors to date is available upon request.  The deadline for tree entry is Monday, November 6, 2017.
Sea Festival of Trees will be open to the public Saturday, November 18 through Sunday, December 3 (see full schedule of hours at end).  Admission to the holiday wonderland is $5.  Tickets are sold at the
Blue Ocean Music Hall box office on a first-come, first-served basis daily during SeaFestival of Trees hours.  Attendees 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.  The following is included in daily admission:
Viewing of Approximately 150 Sparkling Trees
Visitors will walk through a maze of beautifully decorated 5-foot to 10-foot-high artificial trees decorated with a breathtaking array of holiday colors and more than 75,000 twinkling lights. The trees, along with panoramic ocean views, form the centerpiece of Sea Festival of Trees.
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. This year’s giant gingerbread house will feature a whimsical beachside holiday village with Santa’s workshop, carousel horses and whimsical elves created from molded chocolates. The 8-foot by 8-foot sugary structure is constructed of edible gingerbread, candy, frosting and other colorful holiday sweets.
Seaside Winter Wonderland Ice Skating Rink
Blue Ocean Event Center’s indoor synthetic skating rink, Seaside Ice, offers free public skating with Festival admission. Skates rentals are available for children and adults.  No hats, gloves and jackets required.   Skate to holiday music with breathtaking views of the ocean on the newly expanded 1,800 square foot artificial ice rink. 
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.  Entertainers include New Hampshire Academy of the Performing Arts Dance troupe, Bracken School of Irish Dance, Kadee’s Special Stars, choral groups and more.  (Full schedule available soon.)
North Pole Café
The Blue Sky concession area on the upper level offers fresh sandwich wraps, homemade pizza, fruit cups, cookies, chips and a full bar. Patrons are invited to dine at café tables while enjoying panoramic views of the Atlantic from the Isle of Shoals to Cape Ann.
North Pole Gift & Candy Shoppe
The Festival’s North Pole Shoppe will be filled with delectable holiday candies, festive ornaments—including the 2017 commemorative Sea Festival of Trees ornament, and holiday gifts for purchase.
Sea Festival of Trees Special Events:
Giant Gingerbread House Lighting
Thursday, November 16       5:30pm            Blue Ocean Music Hall
A free family event where Blue Ocean Event Center unveils and lights this year’s giant confectionery creation by extreme baker Jim Shalkoski. Holiday caroling, elves on parade and Sandy the Seagull create the perfect start to the holiday season complete with complimentary hot cocoa and cookies. 
Spirits of Christmas Gala + Grand Tree Lighting
Friday, November 17      6:30pm-9:30pm     Blue Ocean Event Center     Tickets:  $25 per person
A holiday FUNdraiser featuring the inaugural grand lighting of the 150+ trees and wreaths, announcement of 2017’s tree award winners and live music. Ticket includes food and dessert stations, and complimentary tastings by beer, liquor and wine vendors.  Tickets on sale soon at or by calling the Blue Ocean box office at 978-462-5888.
3rd Annual Coastal Christmas Arts and Crafts Show
Saturday, November 18        10:00am-4:00pm        Blue Ocean Music Hall
Find coastal inspired and beach themed gifts for all of your holiday gift giving hand crafted by local artisans, including sea glass jewelry and art, home décor and unique beach-combed creations. Admission is free with purchase of SeaFestival of Trees admission. 
Photos with Santa + North Pole Post Office
Saturdays and Sundays + Friday, November 24      Various Times
Donning his big red suit in a big red velvet chair, Santa poses for holiday photos. Visit with Santa and receive a candy cane. Children are also invited to write their wish list on the Festival’s special Santa stationery and mail the letter in our authentic North Pole Express mailbox.
Sea Festival of Trees Mascot Sandy the Seagull, the Snow Queen, Green Grinch + Roving Holiday Characters
Saturdays and Sundays + Friday, November 24     Various Times
Sandy the Seagull swoops in for a birds-eye view of the Festival and fun family photos.  Festival-goers also meet roving characters, from Frosty the Snowman and the Green Grinch, to photos with the Snow Queen in front of her ice castle in the winter wonderland area.
Triton Night at Sea Festival of Trees --Salisbury|Newbury|Rowley
Tuesday, November 21     5:00pm-9:00pm 
$3 admission for Triton town residents and students. Show proof of residency or school ID. Free cup of hot cocoa and a chocolate chip cookie for our hometown friends.
Seabrook and the Hamptons Night at Sea Festival of Trees  
Wednesday, November 22     5:00pm-9:00pm       
$3 admission for Seabrook, Hampton, North and South Hampton and Hampton Falls residents and students. Show proof of residency or school ID. Free cup of hot cocoa.
Meet Official Red Sox Mascot Wally the Green Monster + Enter to Win Team Memorabilia
Friday, November 24     6:00pm-8:00pm                
The Boston Red Sox beloved mascot is available for free photo opportunities with fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet and greet participants will receive a signed Wally baseball trading card, compliments of the Festival. Enter to win Red Sox team schwag.
Rockin’ Into the Holidays Dance Party with Foreigners-Journey
Saturday, November 25        9:00pm-Midnight       Blue Ocean Music Hall     $15

Kick-off the holidays with the most authentic Foreigner and Journey tribute experience in the country. The band captures and brings to life the sound and passion of two legendary, timeless rock bands in one unforgettable show. Tickets on sale through our website or call the Blue Ocean box office at 978-462-5888.
Santa & The Grinch Holiday Brunch + Santa Arrival by Fire Truck
Sunday, November 26    10:00am-Noon     Blue Ocean Music Hall

Sound the sirens and ring the bell! Santa arrives at brunch by fire truck on Sunday morning November 27 at 10am, courtesy of the Salisbury Fire Department. The jolly old fellow joins the fun inside for a Naughty and Nice brunch filled with music, activities, tableside visits and photos with Santa and the Grinch, a scavenger hunt, big screen movie, a Sweet & Sour Sundae Bar and more.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office at 978-462-5888.
Amesbury Night at Sea Festival of Trees
Monday, November 27     5:00pm-9:00pm 
$3 admission for Amesbury residents and students. Show proof of residency or school ID. Free cup of hot cocoa.
Newburyport Night at Sea Festival of Trees
Tuesday, November 28         5:00pm-9:00pm         
$3 admission for Newburyport residents and students. Show proof of residency or school ID. Free cup of hot cocoa.

Gingerbread Night Out
Tuesday, November 28         6:00pm-9:00pm          $45 per person
Girls’ night out gingerbread house workshop features holiday passed hors d’oeuvres, drink tastings and chef demos all wrapped up in one fun event. Creative chefs will learn about holiday recipes and decorate a take-home gingerbread house.  Instruction by our giant gingerbread house-maker, Jim Shalkoski.  All candy and supplies included. Call 978-462-5800 for reservations.
Seascape Creations Workshop        
Wednesday, November 29     7:00pm-9:00pm pm     Wave Room at Blue Ocean Event Center     $50pp    
Create a one-of-a-kind window seascape using beach treasures—sea glass, shells, ceramic shards, sand, starfish and more.  Artist Julie Gordon provides all supplies and instruction to inspire an 8 x 10 framed work of art to take home.     
Meet Official Bruins Mascot Blades the Bruin + Enter to Win Hockey Memorabilia
Friday, December 1     6:00pm-8:00pm                   
Join the beloved Boston Bruins mascot and the Blades ambassadors for skating on Seaside Ice. The fun-loving bear mascot is available for photos with fans on a first-come, first-served basis. Meet and greet participants can register to win hockey schwag, compliments of the Festival.
Gary Hoey’s Ho Ho Hoey Rockin’ Holiday Show
Saturday, December 2     8:00pm     Blue Ocean Music Hall     $30-$50

Get into the Christmas spirit by rocking to the rock-n-roll Christmas classics with famed guitarist Gary Hoey. It's a must see show for adults and kids alike. For tickets, call the Blue Ocean box office at 978-462-5888.
Polar Express Pajama Party Brunch
Sunday, December 3     10am-Noon     Blue Ocean Music Hall     $35per person
Sponsored by Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank          
Pajama-clad children and adults take a land-based adventure through the endearing children’s book The Polar Express written by Chris Van Allsburg.  Morning pajama party includes a full brunch, reading of The Polar Express book by a jovial conductor, Polar Express-themed scavenger hunt through the Sea Festival of Trees, rich and thick hot cocoa and homemade fudge brownies delivered by servers in white chef coats and hats, visit from Mr. Claus, and a keepsake silver bell for every child from Santa’s elves.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the Blue Ocean Music Hall Box Office at 978-462-5888.
SEA FESTIVAL OF TREES HOURS (subject to change)
Saturday, November 18         10am-9pm
Sunday, November 19                       11am-5pm
Monday, November 20          5pm-9pm
Tuesday, November 21          5pm-9pm
Wednesday, November 22    5pm-9pm
Thursday, November 23        CLOSED! Happy Thanksgiving
Friday, November 24              10am-9pm
Saturday, November 25         10am-9pm
Sunday, November 26                       11am-5pm
Monday, November 27          5pm-9pm
Tuesday, November 28          5pm-9pm
Wednesday, November 29    5pm-9pm
Thursday, December 30         5pm-9pm
Friday, December 1                5pm-9pm
Saturday, December 2                       10am-9pm
Sunday, December 3              10am-5pm Tree Raffle Winners Drawn 5pm
For updated information and a full schedule of events, visit or call the Sea Festival of Trees hotline at 978-462-2512. To donate a tree, please complete a donor form (email or call 978-465-2000 X121.
Salisbury Beach Partnership, Inc. exists to revitalize and create a better Salisbury Beach by developing programs and initiatives that provide cultural enrichment, strengthen the beach as a community asset, and preserve the beach’s unique natural environment.  During summer months, the Partnership presents free festivals, outdoor concerts and weekly fireworks shows free to the public.

Blue Ocean Music Hall is a state-of-the-art concert and entertainment venue while the Event Center is a private function venue on the Atlantic Ocean.  Blue Ocean hosts close upwards of 100 national acts, comedians, and fundraiser shows annually and more than 300 weddings, corporate and social events. and   978-462-5888.