Christmas by Candlelight

Friday, December 6, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, December 8, 2013 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 13, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 20, 2013 - 4:00pm to Sunday, December 22, 2013 - 9:00pm

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Saturday evenings; or choose Friday or Sunday evenings

Save with a Christmas by Candlelight Lodging package. (on sale now)

Each family group attending Christmas by Candlelight will receive a coupon for free Old Sturbridge Village daytime admission for up to 5 family members during school vacation week Dec. 26 – Jan. 5, 2014.

Christmas by Candlelight dining at the Oliver Wight Tavern - Menu

Congratulations To This Year's Winners of the Gingerbread Contest

Virginia Charette from Charlton, MA 

The Chafouleas Family from Storrs Mansfield, CT

Group/ Organization:
M.J. London Construction from Harwich, MA 

Best in Show:
Virginia Charette from Charlton, MA 

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings,

4:00 p.m.  - 9:00 p.m.

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!).

In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 2-25. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26, 2013 – Jan. 5, 2014.

Christmas by Candlelight highlights include:

  • Re-creation of Mrs. Cratchit's Christmas Dinner
  • Sleigh rides (weather permitting)
  • Gingerbread House Contest - winners determined by your votes
  • Holiday traditions explained and recreated- roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more
  • Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling
  • Victorian carolers
  • Christmas keepsake to make and take home
  • Display of model railroads and trains
  • Display of a miniature New England Village
  • Display of the Little Town of Bethlehem nativity
  • Visit Father Christmas and Santa Claus
  • Punch & Judy Puppet Show
  • Christmas carol sing-a-longs
  • Holiday magic shows
  • The dance from Dicken's A Christmas Carol
  • Readings of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Visit from Saint Nicholas
  • Readings of "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke" and "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew"

Musical Performances

Each night hosts a different selection of musical performances. For a list of the musicians performing each night, click on the dates below.

Friday, December 6

Saturday, December 7

Sunday, December 8

Friday, December 13

Saturday, December 14

Sunday, December 15

Friday, December 20

Saturday, December 21

Sunday, December 22

Thanks to our bronze level sponsors Fallon Community Health Plan and Savers Bank.








Planning Ahead

Add an overnight stay at the Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family LodgesPackages available for additional savings.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.



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