Christmas by Candlelight at OSV! Bonfire, storytelling, sleigh rides and more at Old Sturbridge Village.

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.

Tickets are on sale now! Pre-registration is required and tickets sell fast. Click here to purchase tickets.

Christmas by Candlelight Highlights:
  • Sights & Scenes of Christmas – Old Sturbridge Village’s 200-acre campus will be decorated for the holiday season. Guests can wander the Christmas Tree Trail and Christmas Wish Bridge, ride in the horse-drawn carry-all, and enjoy a nightly tree-lighting ceremony. Guest will also visit the 500+ piece nativity set and view Christmas décor from the 1830s, 1850s, and 1870s.
  • Holiday Traditions Recreated – Demonstrations will be taking place throughout the event, including making woolen ornaments, knitting Christmas stockings, baking cakes, punching tin lanterns, making pottery and more. Take-home crafts will be available for guests to DIY during or after each program.
  • Storytelling – Readings of “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke,” “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew,” and classic Christmas tales such as “The Night Before Christmas,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “How the Grinch Stole Christmas,” and more.
  • Live Music – Performances of live, festive music by costumed interpreters, musicians and bands.
  • Festive Food – A variety foods and beverages available for purchase at various locations throughout the museum, including baked goods, hot beverages, and specialty cocktails by the bonfire.
  • Visits with Santa – Santa Claus will make an appearance each night for little ones to tell him their special Christmas wish.
  • Holiday Shopping – Unique and handcrafted items, many of which are being demonstrated during Christmas by Candlelight, will be available at the Miner Grant Store and OSV’s new Holiday Market & Café’
New to the event in 2022, guests can experience for the first time:
  • Decorations in the Asa Knight Store: The Asa Knight Store will feature six trees during the event representing the different decades of the 1800s sponsored by local Oakwood Farms. Free ornament crafts will be offered to guests as a hands-on, DIY and take-home activity.
  • New Holiday Treats: The Bixby House will be mulling cider, and Salem Towne House will be baking gingerbread, and other holiday treats will be offered across the Village.
  • International Christmas: The Richardson House will be showcasing an international Christmas for the first time, celebrating the holidays of other cultures with themes drawn from Puerto Rican traditions.
  • Live Music: Every night of Christmas by Candlelight, listen to live festive music by both costumed interpreters and outside guests. This year, the Village will feature local school bands and choirs from the community performing on select dates.
  • Vendor Showcase: On December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hot Dates Kitchen of Sommerville, MA will be at Ox & Yoke Mercantile to showcase their products. Hot Date Kitchen strives to make ridiculously delicious treats that are good for you, good for the world, and good for the planet. They work directly with farmers and local food producers to find the highest quality, ethically, and sustainably sourced ingredients to make good food that is at once simple in its components and bold in flavor.

2022 Event Dates, Times & Tickets

The Village is open 2:00 – 8:00 pm on November 25-27 and December 2, 3, 4, 9, 10, 16, 17,18, 23, 27-30

Early-bird Pricing I Through November 18th
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) I November 19th Onward
Adult: $32
Youth (4-17): $16
Free for children 3 and under


Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge MA (508) 347-3362

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