Tin lanterns

The program on March 3rd has been postponed due to weather. See below for details. Evening of Illumination is also scheduled for March 10, 2023

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 per person; Must be a member to purchase tickets

Meets in the Oliver Wight Cafe (across from the entrance to the Visitor Center)

The March 3rd event was POSTPONED to March 11th due to winter weather. Limited tickets are still available for March 11th! 


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.” Begin your experience with complimentary hot cocoa or coffee at the Oliver Wight Cafe and then enter the Village with your tour guide, who will illuminate your journey by lantern light. Tour the Village Common, where guests can 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 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. Beer and wine will be available for an additional fee.


Pre-registration is required and will likely sell out.

Limited availability just re-opened in several time slots. 

March 10, 2023

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

March 11, 2023 (Rescheduled Date)

Limited tickets are available for March 11, buy now!

6:00 p.m. 

6:10 p.m.

6:20 p.m. 

6:30 p.m. 

6:40 p.m.

6:50 p.m.

7:00 p.m.

7:10 p.m.

7:20 p.m.

7:30 p.m. 

A view from inside the lodgesStay overnight at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges after your Evening of Illumination experience!

Our Evening of Illumination package includes two tickets to Evening of Illumination and an overnight stay. When booking, you will choose your preferred date/time for Evening of Illumination. Your Evening of Illumination begins in the Oliver Wight Cafe (across from the entrance to the Visitor Center) and your name will be on a list for the tour. Contact us at motelreservations@osv.org or (508) 347-5056 for availability.

If you had tickets for March 3rd, please fill out the form below to reschedule your tickets, consider your tickets as a donation, or request a refund.

A member of our Visitor Services team will be in touch soon!

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