A woman prepping another woman's hair for a ball

January 11-12, 18-19, 25-26 and February 1-2, 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23

Times: The Village will be open 9:30 am to 4:00 pm

Cost: Included with standard daytime admission, a season pass, or Village membership. SAVE $2.50 per Adult, Senior, or Youth standard daytime admission ticket by purchasing your tickets online instead of at the door! Cannot be combined with other discounts.

Village Common

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Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village in January and February will be treated to a festive story experience in which residents of a 19th century New England town prepare for a seasonal celebration – a winter ball, filled with “warmth and cheer!”  Each trade shop, home, and business on the Village Common will be brought to life by costumed historians as they talk about how 19th- century folks would have prepared for such a lively event.  While such occasions were relatively rare, rural balls most typically took place in winter when there was less pressing work on the farm.  Visitors will gain insight into how people in early New England planned for an evening of dancing, socializing, and fun.

No detail will be overlooked as visitors watch a printer prepare invitations to the ball, play games, learn about the latest fashions, listen to 19th-century music, and enjoy popular libations of the time.  Guests will also learn about early hairstyles and cooking for company on an open hearth.

Then, join us for a Midwinter Revel—complete with fine food and drink, period music, and dancing led by the Commonwealth Vintage Dancers—on February 21, 2020! Space is limited—learn more and purchase your tickets here

“Costumed interpreters did an excellent job welcoming us, answering questions and sharing knowledge [during Winter Warmth and Cheer]. What a rewarding afternoon learning historical facts about the 1830’s from such talented staff members…Special thanks to the dedicated interpreters for making history interesting and enjoyable. It was a very special afternoon indeed.”

-JoAnn T.

Please note that during this time, certain exhibits in the countryside and mill areas (such as the Bixby House and Blacksmith shop) will NOT be open and staffed.

Fare & Cheer at the Bullard Café

Stop by Bullard to purchase some hot stew or chowder, a fresh panini, or baked goods! Sprits, wine, and beer will also be available for purchase.

Beef Stew $7.50
served in a bread boule $9.50

New England Clam Chowder $5.50
served in a bread boule $7.50

Panini $8.50, your choice of:
Thanksgiving Panini – Turkey, cranberry stuffing and cranberry mayonnaise
Reuben Panin – Corned beef, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, and thousand island dressing
Grilled Vegetable Panini – Grilled Vegetables with a basil pesto spread
BBQ Pulled Pork & Cheddar Cheese Panini