Tin lanterns

Select Saturdays | Jan. 27, Feb. 10, & Feb. 24

Times: Tours leave every 10 minutes from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. and last approximately 90 minutes. Timed tickets are required.

Cost: $35 Member Adults, $50 Non-Member Adults

Meets at Ox & Yoke Cafe (across from the entrance to the Visitor Center)

How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs, and computers? Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance to find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during Old Sturbridge Village’s Evening of Illumination. Guided tours around the Village Common allow guests to visit select homes and shops to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors will be treated to music and storytelling throughout the tour and will see Village artisans at work by candlelight. Each tour will begin with hot cocoa or coffee and will conclude in the Bullard Tavern, where guests can enjoy warm beverages and light fare.* This program is designed for adults.

*Light fare and beverage is included in your ticket. 


Pre-registration is required and will likely sell out. 

Click your preferred date and then select your preferred time to purchase tickets.

February 24, 2024 | SOLD OUT

6:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT

6:10 p.m.  SOLD OUT

6:20 p.m.  SOLD OUT

6:30 p.m.  SOLD OUT

6:40 p.m.  SOLD OUT

6:50 p.m.  SOLD OUT

7:00 p.m.  SOLD OUT

7:10 p.m.  SOLD OUT

7:20 p.m. SOLD OUT

7:30 p.m. SOLD OUT

Coming a distance?

Stay overnight at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges after your Evening of Illumination experience and SAVE 20% off standard room rates!

Please contact the front desk at (508) 347-5056 or email [email protected] for availability. Make sure to say that you booked tickets to Evening of Illumination. 
Please note: You will need to book your tickets to Evening of Illumination and your room separately. 
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