About Salem's Riverfront Carousel

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Salem, Oregon, United States
Inspiration: Salem's Riverfront Carousel project was inspired by a trip Hazel Patton took in 1996 to visit family in Missoula, Montana. While there she went to see the first old-world style carousel built in the U.S. since the Great Depression. When Hazel rode the carousel, she knew it was more than the music and motion of the ornately carved and hand-painted horses that created magic in Missoula. The real beauty was how the carousel united the community by combining history with the creative talents of Missoula's citizens. She knew that the citizens of Salem could bring similar magic to the banks of the Willamette River. Vision: The vision of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to touch the hearts, spark the imaginations and ignite the creative spirits of a broad spectrum of volunteers by creating a work of art that will stand as a historical landmark and an enduring symbol of community pride and cooperation. Mission: The mission of Salem's Riverfront Carousel is to enhance the quality of life in the Willamette Valley by invigorating community cohesiveness, fostering cultural and educational opportunities, creating a living history, and increasing tourism.
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Open New Year's Day - Free Rides

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New Years Day - Jan 1st @ 12-4pm
Enjoy free rides on the Carousel with the donation of canned food. This is our last day of the Marion-Polk food drive Carousel contest!* (read below)

*Help us in the fight against hunger. Make a canned-food donation and enter for a chance to win 50 free Carousel rides! You will receive 1 raffle ticket for each canned-food item donated. No limits!

Happy Holidays to ALL!

Happy Holidays From Salem's Riverfront Carousel

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Happy Holidays to family, friends and guests of Salem's Riverfront Carousel. This December we have a line up of holiday events and discount opportunities. Below is a complete list.

Holiday Ride Passes on Sale!
Fri 11/27 thru Thu 12/24Save $20 when you buy 50 rides for only $55! You will receive two (2) 25-ride punch cards.

Breakfast with Santa
4 Dates Available (8am-9:30am):
Sat 12/19, Mon 12/21, Wed 12/23 & Thu 12/24
$20/person. By reservation only.
Join us for a magical event with Santa Claus!Enjoy a catered breakfast, a visit with Santa, rides on the Carousel, and a gift!Children must be accompanied by an adult. The adult will also pay for their seat. Reserve today! 503-540-0374

Tea with Mrs. Claus
2 Dates Available (1pm-2:30pm):
Sun 12/13 & Sun 12/20
$17/person. By reservation only.
Enjoy tea with Mrs. Claus and learn some of Santa's secrets. Children must be accompanied by an adult. The adult will also pay for their seat.Reserve your spot today! 503-540-0374

With a canned-food donation.
Christmas Day 12pm-4pm
New Year's Day 12pm-4pm