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Christmas in Salem, thought to be the nation’s longest running holiday house tour, invites visitors to tour 12 homes in Salem’s historic McIntire District from December 4-6, 2015. Homes will be beautifully decorated for the holiday season inspired by the 12 Days of Christmas and will be open for tours throughout the weekend.

Advance ticket holders will be welcomed to join in the Friday Night Candlelight Preview.

On Saturday and Sunday, 12 homes spanning a variety of histories and architectural styles will welcome supporters with unique decorations and live music. Christmas in Salem has become far more than a house tour. It’s now a citywide event for both residents and out-of-town visitors. There are local attractions, walking tours, live music, and hotel discounts available for all tour goers.

This year marks the 36th anniversary of Historic Salem, Inc.’s largest fundraiser. Always held the first weekend in December, Christmas in Salem is a wonderful opportunity to visit one of the region’s most storied city. Christmas in Salem encourages tour goers to enjoy everything the city has to offer, including local restaurants and shops during the holiday season. A complimentary trolley takes visitors from downtown parking locations to the tour route, providing historical information and a festive ride that will get everyone in the holiday spirit.

The Preview Candlelight Tour (for advance ticket holders only) will be held on Friday, December 4, 2015, from 5:30–8:30 pm and will feature selected homes.

On Saturday, December 5 from 10:00 am–4:30 pm and Sunday, December 6 from 11:30 am–4:30 pm all sites will be open for tours. Prices are $25 each for Historic Salem, Inc. members and $30 each for the general public.

Tickets may be purchased in advance by visiting ChristmasinSalem.org or by calling Historic Salem, Inc. at 978.745.0799. Deadline for advance ticket sales is Wednesday, December 2 at 5:00 pm. Tickets for the house tours can be purchased at First Unitarian Church of Salem at 316 Essex Street, on December 5 and 6 for $35 each.

Christmas in Salem is presented by Historic Salem, Inc. an advocacy group dedicated to preserving Salem’s historic resources and educating the community to their value. The historic house tour and other fundraising efforts of Historic Salem, Inc. are the primary source of funds for the restoration of the National Historic Landmark, the Nathaniel Bowditch House. Visit christmasinsalem.org for details, directions, tickets, related events and more.