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Old Sturbridge Village, Christmas by Candlelight

November 29 @ 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm EST

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Come experience the history of Christmas festivities at Old Sturbridge Village. Relish old traditions and create new ones as you watch demonstrations of classic Christmas projects, stroll through the decorated Village and Christmas Tree Trail, listen to stories and live music, sample sweet treats, ride the horse-drawn carryall, and more. We hope your family will join us, as we celebrate a very special time of year.

November 29, 30, and December 1, 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15, 20, 21, 22, 23, 27, 28, 29, and 30, 2024

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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1830s dressed women walking at night carrying lantern,

Are you looking to book a bus tour or another large group? Group tour reservations for Christmas by Candlelight 2024 are now being accepted! Email [email protected] for more details.

NEW THIS YEAR: Treat your staff or clients to an exclusive Corporate Christmas by Candlelight night on December 5th or 12th! Limited spaces are available.

5 Christmas tress lit at night with a group of people admiring the twinkling lights.Sparkling Sights

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.

Man playing mandolin while sitting next to decorative Christmas tree.Merry Music

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. The OSV Singers will be performing every Sunday. Other special musical guests and performance lineup coming soon.

Woman baking near an open hearth.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.

Smiling woman holding tray of freshly baked cookies.Baking Demonstrations

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.

Woman reading aloud from a picture book.Storytelling Magic

Hear readings of The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke, The Nativity Gospel of Saint MatthewUn 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.

Mother and daughter sipping hot coco on a winter day.Delicious Delights

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.

Man sitting down making a wooden toy.Creative Crafts

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!

Model train on a track.Meet Santa

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.

Women wearing a winter hat shopping in the store.Shop for Unique Gifts

From Village-made pottery and tin, to candy, spices, and ornaments, bring home a memory from your 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.



November 29
2:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Old Sturbridge Village
1 Old Sturbridge Village Road
Sturbridge, MA 01566
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(800) 733-1830
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