Horse Drawn wagon on a snowy day

November 25, 26, 27, and December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2022

Times: 2 – 8 PM

Cost: $32 for adults and $16 for youth (4-17)

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Experience old cherished traditions and create new ones as you celebrate the season during Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village! Explore the beautifully decorated Village, watch a nightly lighting ceremony, stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail and Christmas Wish Bridge, watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, visit with Santa, taste samples of sweet treats, enjoy live music and storytelling, and so much more.

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Highlights Include

Take in the Sights of Christmas

Enjoy the sights of Christmas throughout the Village as you explore our 200-acre campus decorated for the season. Wander down the Christmas Tree Trail and through the Christmas Wish Bridge. Take a ride on the horse-drawn carry-all. Enjoy a nightly lighting ceremony at 4:30 pm. View an intricate 500+ piece miniature nativity scene and a model train display. Warm up by the bonfire. Visit with Santa Claus. Learn about Puerto Rican Christmas traditions. You can even see recreated Christmas decor from the 1830s, 1850s, and 1870s in the Salem Towne House!

See Holiday Traditions Recreated

Learn about the origins of many now cherished holiday traditions and watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects like baking gingerbread, mulling cider, knitting Christmas stockings, punching tin, and more. Several simple take-home craft kits will be available to pick up during the program and directions for some other DIY projects and recipes will be posted online at a later date.

A woman in 1830s dress knits a pair of stocking by candlelight

Enjoy Stories and Live Music

Every night of Christmas by Candlelight, listen to live festive music by both costumed interpreters and outside guests.

You can also catch a magic show with family-favorite Magician Bob Olson or enjoy readings of classic Christmas stories. There will also be readings of “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke” and “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew.”

2022 Musical Guests Include:

2 musicians in 1830s dress play guitar and fiddle

*subject to change without notice

Gingerbread House Contest

The Gingerbread House Contest is an annual tradition at Christmas by Candlelight! Create and register your own gingerbread house in one of several categories or simply view the creative handiwork of others when you visit the Village during Christmas by Candlelight. Judges pick the category winners and visitors vote for the “Best in Show.”

View the virtual version of the exhibit here and be sure to check it out in-person in the Visitor Center!

A mill made from gingerbread

Holiday Shopping

Find unique souvenirs, gifts, and more at the Village during Christmas by Candlelight! Be sure to stop by the Miner Grant Store or Ox & Yoke Mercantile for an assortment of Village-made redware pottery and tin products, Christmas decor, craft kits, books, and so much more. Plus, save the date for the following special shopping events:

  • December 9th: Vendor Showcase: Hot Dates Kitchen – Learn more here.
  • December 17th: Author Booksigning: Astrid Sheckels – Learn more here.

Food & Drink

A variety of snacks, sweet treats, meals, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase throughout the Village campus. Be sure to check out our signature holiday cocktails–the Grinch or Santa’s Sleigh!

Please note, we check IDs for ALL guests who wish to purchase alcoholic beverages, so please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID with you!

Tickets

Tickets must be purchased in advance for this popular program!

Please note that discounts that apply to standard daytime admission do NOT apply to Christmas by Candlelight.

Early-bird Pricing I Through November 18th

Members save 20% on all tickets purchased from October 14th – November 18th. Non-Members save 10% on all tickets purchased from October 27th – November 18th

Regular Price Admission (All Discounts Ended) I November 19th Onward

Adult: $32
Youth (4-17): $16
Free for children 3 and under

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Friday, December 2, 2022

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Friday, December 16, 2022

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Tuesday, December 27, 2022

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Learn about the origins of many Christmas traditions, like gingerbread!
A family stands by the Christmas Wish Bridge
Photo opportunities abound! Be sure to share your photos on Facebook or Instagram with #OldSturbridgeVillage

Frequently Asked Questions

What happens if it snows or rains?

Old Sturbridge Village rarely closes except for during severe, hazardous weather. Christmas by Candlelight will run in light rain or snow. Any notice of the museum closing due to weather will be posted on the Old Sturbridge Village Facebook pageInstagram, and the main website (on this page and the homepage). Ticket purchasers will also receive an email message. Every attempt will be made to reschedule you for a future date.

Are there any discounts for Christmas by Candlelight?

Discounts that apply to standard daytime admission do NOT apply to Christmas by Candlelight. The only discounts on Christmas by Candlelight tickets are the early-bird discounts.

Early-bird Pricing

Members save 20% on all tickets purchased from October 14th – November 18th.
Member Adult: $25.60
Member Youth (4-17): $12.80

Non-Members save 10% on all tickets purchased from October 27th – November 18th
Adult: $28.80
Youth (4-17): $14.40

Regular Price Admission (All Discounts Ended)

November 19th Onward
Adult: $32
Youth (4-17): $16
Free for children 3 and under

What food options will be available during Christmas by Candlelight?

A variety of snacks, sweet treats, hot and cold beverages, and more will be available for purchase throughout the Village campus. Menus are subject to change without notice.

Please note, we check IDs for ALL guests who wish to purchase alcoholic beverages, so please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID with you! Menus are subject to change due to ingredient availability. 

Bullard Concession Stand (Outside)

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Bullard Tavern Indoor Café

Blacksmith Hut Concession

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Where do I park?

Free parking is available in the main parking lot at Old Sturbridge Village. If using a GPS to get to the Village, please use the address “29 Stallion Hill Road” in Sturbridge, MA.

What if I or a member of my party becomes ill and cannot visit on the day we purchased tickets for?

Please stay home if you, or someone in your party, is ill. If you are unable to visit on the day you purchased your ticket for, you may email visitorcenter@osv.org or call 508-347-0213 to reschedule your ticket. Rescheduling is subject to availability. Tickets are non-refundable.

What should I wear?

Please dress appropriately for the weather, as Christmas by Candlelight takes place both inside and outside. We also suggest wearing comfortable shoes, as there is plenty of walking.

Is Old Sturbridge Village open during the day?

In order to focus on evening holiday events, Old Sturbridge Village is CLOSED during the day throughout the month of December.

Are dogs allowed?

While service dogs are always permitted, pets are not allowed.

What is the Village's policy regarding photography during Christmas by Candlelight?

Photography in Old Sturbridge Village is permitted for personal use only. Tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Please be respectful of our staff and other visitors.

Please note that visitors may be photographed, videotaped, or otherwise recorded while in the museum. While in the Village, you grant the museum permission to use photographs and/or audiovisual recordings in which you appear for archival, documentary, publicity, advertising, or other purposes.

Is there anything else I should know before visiting for the first time?

Old Sturbridge Village is an outdoor, living history museum and learning resource that invites all visitors to find meaning, pleasure, relevance, and inspiration in the exploration of New England’s past. It is a nonprofit, educational museum that is open year-round. The centerpiece of the museum is a re-created rural New England town of the 1830s set on more than 200 acres of historical landscape, encompassing a Center Village, Mills Area, and Countryside.

When you visit Old Sturbridge Village, you will see costumed historians (sometimes called “interpreters”) throughout the Village, working in trade shops, on the farm, or cooking in front of a fire. Even though they wear clothing like people wore in the 1830s, they are just like you, but they know a lot about New England history. They are not acting as a character or pretending to be a person from the past. They speak in the present tense and can help you compare life in the 1800s to life in the 21st century. Don’t be afraid to ask them lots of questions! They will help to enrich your experience of the past.

During Christmas by Candlelight, our costumed historians do things that are very different from the activities they do throughout the rest of the year – but there are still demonstrations of activities like tin work, hearth cooking, pottery, and more. While early 19th-century New Englanders typically did not celebrate Christmas, our costumed historians know a lot about the evolution of Christmas celebrations in this region.

Is lodging available?

Coming a distance? Stay the night at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges! Learn more about our Christmas by Candlelight packages, complete with tickets to Christmas by Candlelight, here.

Who should I contact if I have a question not answered here?

Please contact Old Sturbridge Village’s Visitor Center at 800-733-1830 or visitorcenter@osv.org.

DIY Crafts & Receipts (Recipes)

Find instructions for some of the craft and cooking demonstrations you’ll see during Christmas by Candlelight!

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