Bonfire, storytelling, sleigh rides and more at the “Christmas by Candlelight” at OSV!

Bonfire, storytelling, sleigh rides and more at the “Christmas by Candlelight” at OSV! This year’s event will focus on celebrating Christmas past, while encouraging guests to make new traditions with family and friends.

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 until 8:30 p.m. each evening.

2021 Event Dates & Times

The Village is open 3:00 – 8:00 pm on December 3, 5, 10, 12, 27-30; The Village is open 1:00 – 8:00 pm on December 4, 11, 17-19, 23

Tickets must be pre-purchased on their website. Get your tickets early, this is a sell out event!

  • Adults: $28
  • Youth ages 4 –12: $14
  • Children 3 and under: Free

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

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