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Times: 2:00 – 8:00 pm
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Planning a holiday trip and coming from a distance? Enjoy a restful night at the Old Sturbridge Inn & Reeder Family Lodges after you spend the day exploring our winter wonderland. Special Christmas by Candlelight lodging packages are available.
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Exclusive Members Only Day
Members of Old Sturbridge Village can enjoy an intimate evening of Christmas by Candlelight on Sunday, November 26. Each Member adult ticket purchase allows up to three youth admitted for free. Not a member? Membership is the gift that keeps giving all year long. Explore the benefits of membership.
Come see the Village decorated for the season! Glowing lanterns and twinkling string lights will guide you as you stroll along the Christmas Tree Trail and across the Wish Bridge. Every night there will be a lighting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Plus, each historical home is adorned for the season inside and out.
Hear the sounds of familiar seasonal songs and sing along! Village favorites such as “Up on the Housetop” and others were written in New England in the 1800s. Get a preview of what you may see performed live at Christmas by Candlelight this year. The OSV Singers will be performing every Sunday. Other special musical guests and performance lineup coming soon.
Gingerbread, and More Gingerbread
Learn about the history of gingerbread and the various worldly recipes, all the while smelling the spices coming from the hearth-baked demonstrations.
See even more gingerbread! When you arrive here at the Village see a display of all the creative things friends and neighbors have created. Learn more about the 2023 Gingerbread Contest, how to enter and the various categories for all skill levels and ages. See last year’s creations for inspiration.
See our costumed historians baking sweet treats and more. Watch our costumed historians make delights such as Dundee Cakes, marzipan, and shortbread cookies. Plus, enjoy watching warm mulled cider being made. Samples of various items will be available throughout the Village.
Hear readings of The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke, The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew, Un Cocqui de Boriquen, and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer. Plus, for children of all ages is a lively and entertaining magic show with Bob Olsen.
Warm up with cup of soup, or stew. Relax and treat yourself to a festive hot coco, cider, or signature drink (with or without alcohol). Be sure to save room for, or plan to take home Village-baked cookies and fudge.
See our tinners making pierced tin lanterns, visit with the printer, watch the potter spin clay, see stockings being knit, and the cabinet makers crafting wooden toys. For a small fee you can try your hand at candle dipping. Plus, there will be free craft kits for you to take home!
Meet Old Saint Nicholas and Mrs. Claus. A great photo opportunity! Hear the tiny whistle of tiny trains and watch a full display of model trains.
Shop for Unique Gifts
From Village-made pottery and tin, to candy, spices, and ornaments, bring home a memory from your 2023 Christmas by Candlelight visit. Plan to check-off your shopping list as there are many stocking stuffers and unique items to discover. Or shop online today for delivery in time for the holidays.
Individual, Dual, and Family Memberships have many benefits, including discounted rates on special events like Christmas by Candlelight. Not a member? Join today!
|Purchase Date||Member Adult||Member Youth (Ages 4-17)||Children 3 and Under|
|Through November 23||$29.00||$14.50||FREE|
|November 24th – December 30th (Online Purchase)||$36.00||$18.00||FREE|
|At the door (Friday or Sunday)||$40.00||$20.00||FREE|
|At the door (Saturday)||$45.00||$20.00||FREE|
*These prices apply to all nights of Christmas by Candlelight 2023 EXCEPT for the members-only night on November 26th. Adult tickets for November 26th are $29.00 and up to three kids (17 and under) are admitted for FREE per member adult ticket purchase.