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Magic at the Mill in #SalemOR


Willamette Heritage Center presents: Magic at the Mill

December 19th – 23rd, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

Willamette Heritage Center
1313 Mill Street SE, Suite 200
Salem, OR 97301

Phone: 503 585 7012


First held in 2000, our annual holiday lights display brings all the magic of the season to downtown Salem.

With children’s activities, miniature trains, tours of our historic buildings, blacksmith demonstrations, seasonal food and drink, Santa Claus (if you’ve been good!), and, of course, lots and lots of holiday lights, Magic at the Mill gives families from the Mid-Willamette Valley the opportunity to enjoy the beauty and wonder of our remarkable site during this wonderful time of year.

Demonstrations and Tours

  • Blacksmithing
  • Weaving and lacemaking
  • Spinning fiber into threads
  • The 1841 Jason Lee House, 1841 Methodist Parsonage, 1847 John Boon House, 1858 Pleasant Grove Church, and 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill will be open for docent-led tours and interpretation tours during event hours.

Activities for Kids

  • Make Victorian-era silhouettes
  • Craft paper puppets
  • Create Bilboquets (cup and ball toys)
  • Make “Reindeer food”
  • Textile weaving (in partnership with Salem Fiberarts Guild)
  • Scavenger hunt for Miss Milly’s Lost Lambs

Other Attractions

  • Storytelling & folk tales
  • Presentations by Pacific NW Ballet, Pentacle Theatre, and City Dance Theatre
  • Handmade and vintage gifts from local vendors, including Bella Hill, Teaselwick Wools, Compass Gallery, and more!

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