What to Do

Christmas by Candlelight


1 Old Sturbridge Village
Sturbridge , MA 01566
800 733-1800
Photo of Christmas by Candlelight

Long for the old days when chestnuts really did roast on an open fire? When real candles made the season really glow?

Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays during the holiday season , you’ll find the spirit of a 19th century Christmas very much alive at Old Sturbridge Village, which is New England’s largest outdoor living history museum.  There are carolers in costume, sugar plums, Yule logs, a gingerbread house contest, Santa Claus and even a horse drawn sleigh (weather permitting.)  And of course, there are hundreds of candles and some trusty historians who will happily share the history behind holiday traditions from ponsettias to candy canes.

Every night is a little bit different, as the selection of musical performances changes. And if you can’t get enough of this kind of thing, Old Sturbridge Village has a couple of options to keep you in the Christmas spirit. Book dinner at the Oliver Wright Tavern, then bed down at the Old Sturbridge Inn or Reeder Family Lodges, all of which are right on the premises.

Old Sturbridge Village depicts life in an early 1830s rural New England village, with a working farm, trade shops, historic homes, and water-powered mills set on more than 200 acres of historical landscape. The village is populated by costumed historians, aritisans and farmers. Old Sturbridge Village has other events throughout the year. 

To purchase tickets online and for more on dining and lodging packages, visit http://www.osv.org/event/christmas-candlelight

Photo of Christmas by Candlelight