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Magic at the Mill

December 19th - 23rd, 5:30-8:00 p.m.

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

Come take part in 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.

Entrance Fee

  • WHC Members: Free!

  • General Admission: $6.00

  • Ages 4-12: $4.00

  • Ages 3 and under: FREE

2017 Sponsors

Kids' Activities

  • 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


  • Blacksmithing
  • Weaving and Lacemaking
  • Spinning fiber into threads

Tours Open (Docent-led and Interpretation)

  • 1841 Jason Lee House
  • 1841 Methodist Parsonage
  • 1847 John Boon House
  • 1858 Pleasant Grove Church
  • 1895 Thomas Kay Woolen Mill

Vendors in the Warehouse

  • Bella Hill
  • Max Marbles, Bookbinder
  • Teaselwick Wools

Christmas Shopping in the Spinning Room

  • Baked goods, coffee, and cocoa from Fordyce Farms
  • Plush toys, pin-back buttons, and magnets by Jeremy Damisch
  • Soap, lotions, and teas from Wildlife Herbarium
  • Hand-made alpaca hats, shoe inserts, and more by Meredith Kuhl
  • Sewn purses, kid's activity books, and more by Brenda Lowery
  • Totes, purses, and more by Sews
  • Homemade dog treats by Vicki Garland
  • Sterling and gold jewelry by Nick Boston
  • Glass works and recycled yard art by Rose Recycling
  • Peruvian crafts by Beth Fleischer
  • Hand woven goods including towels, runners, purses, and more by the Salem Fiberarts Guild
  • Wood puzzle bookmarks and other toys by Sonia Prieto

Entertainment Schedule

Note: All performances are subject to change.

Magic at the Mill Tickets Available November 24th!

Volunteers Needed!

Magic at the Mill would not be possible without the help of our incredible volunteers! From living history characters to Santa's elves, volunteers are involved in every aspect of Magic. Interested in lending a hand? Fill out the form below to let us know! We'll contact you as soon as we can. Thank you!

    Please select which nights you are able to volunteer.
    Please select which of the following volunteer positions you are interested in. We can't guarantee you'll be able to fill your preferred position, but we will do our best!