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Christmas by Candlelight

Presented by Old Sturbridge Village at Old Sturbridge Village, Sturbridge MA

Nov 25 2022
Dec 30 2022
Christmas by Candlelight

Photo by John Collins

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

Enjoy the sights of Christmas throughout the Village as you explore our 200-acre campus decorated for the season. Wander down the Christmas Tree Trail and through the Christmas Wish Bridge. Take a ride on the horse-drawn carry-all. Enjoy a nightly lighting ceremony at 4:30 pm. View an intricate 500+ piece miniature nativity scene and a model train display. Warm up by the bonfire. Visit with Santa Claus. You can even see recreated Christmas decor from the 1830s, 1850s, and 1870s in the Salem

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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

Contact: (800)733-1830


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Enjoy Stories and Live Music
Every night of Christmas by Candlelight, listen to live festive music by both costumed interpreters and outside guests.  More details will be available at a later date.

You can also catch a magic show with family-favorite Magician Bob Olson or enjoy readings of classic Christmas storiesThere will also be readings of “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke” and “The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew.”


Gingerbread House Contest
The Gingerbread House Contest is an annual tradition at Christmas by Candlelight! Create and register your own gingerbread house in one of several categories or simply view the creative handiwork of others when you visit the Village during Christmas by Candlelight. Judges pick the category winners and visitors vote for the “Best in Show.”

Enter this year’s contest and be entered to win one of three family memberships to the Village (a $105 value)!* Entry deadline is November 18th – click here to learn more and enter.

*Active members who win can either extend their membership for a free year or gift a one-year family membership to a family of their choice.

Holiday Shopping
Find unique souvenirs, gifts, and more at the Village during Christmas by Candlelight! Be sure to stop by the Miner Grant Store or Ox & Yoke Mercantile for an assortment of Village-made redware pottery and tin products, Christmas decor, craft kits, books, and so much more. Plus, save the date for the following special shopping events:

December 9th: Vendor Showcase: Hot Dates Kitchen – Learn more here.

Food & Drink
A variety of snacks, sweet treats, meals, and alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase throughout the Village campus. Please check back at a later date for menus.

Please note, we check IDs for ALL guests who wish to purchase alcoholic beverages, so please bring a valid, government-issued photo ID with you!


Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge, MA 01566

COVID-19 Phased Reopening Details

Face Masks Required: No
Social Distancing: No
Limited Capacity: Yes
Reservations Required: Yes
Proof of Vaccination Required: No

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