Christmas by Candlelight

Friday, December 2, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, December 4, 2016 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 9, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, December 11, 2016 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 16, 2016 - 3:00pm to Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9:00pm
Friday, December 23, 2016 -
3:00pm to 9:00pm

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings,
3:00PM to 9:00PM

Tickets will be on sale at a later date.

Please Note: There are no discounts for our Christmas by Candlelight evening program. Our Military discount is only offered for daytime admission.

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet and chat with Santa Claus (bring your camera!). This year, be on the look out for a new Santa's village! More details to come soon! 

In order to focus on the evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from December 1-25, 2016. 

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 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"





Gingerbread House Contest

A Gingerbread HouseClick here to see the 2015 Gingerbread House Contest Winners.




Planning Ahead

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

Have Brunch with Santa.

Find more useful information for planning your visit.

Presenting Sponsor:


                  Hometown Bank


Media Sponsor:

Worcester Magazine