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Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge MA

  • December 3 · 5:00 PM
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This isn't a hike but come join in on the nighttime Christmas holiday celebration called "Christmas by Candlelight" at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV).

The village will be all decked out for the holiday in a country Victorian Christmas theme. It will be lovely as we will arrive after dark and everything will be lit by candlelight, oil lamp, and hearth fire. Bring back the glory of an old fashioned Christmas with this adventure. There is a liberal amount of walking from building to building so that may "qualify" as our hike. ;-) Let's hope for snow on the ground to add to the beauty and to have actual horse drawn sleigh rides!

The text from the OSV event posting:

Escape the frenzy of a modern Christmas with an enchanted evening of gingerbread, roasted chestnuts, music, dance, and a sleigh ride (weather permitting). Meet Father Christmas and chat with Santa Claus.

Highlights include:

• Old Sturbridge Village's town common decorated for the holidays with twinkling lights, glowing candles, fresh evergreen garlands and wreaths, and a 40 foot Village Christmas tree

• An all-new North Pole Village for families and kids to explore and enjoy including Santa Claus and Tinsel, the Village's talking Christmas tree

• Holiday traditions explained and recreated including roasting chestnuts, yule logs, mistletoe, and more

• Demonstrations of period gingerbread baking and cider mulling, as well as tin-making, pottery and 19th-century printing

• Strolling Victorian carolers

• Sleigh rides (weather permitting)

• Gingerbread House Contest

• Display of the Little Town of Bethlehem nativity

• Puppet Shows and Magic Shows with Bob Olson

• Christmas carol sing-a-longs

• Dance from Dicken's A Christmas Carol

• Readings of The Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, How the Grinch Stole Christmas, and A Visit from Saint Nicholas

• Readings of "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Luke" and "The Nativity Gospel of Saint Matthew"

Gates actually open at 3 PM but I think it is best to arrive in the dark for best effect. :-) Meet at 5 PM at the main exit of the ticket building leading into the Village. We can stay as a group or wander off if you like. [I will be arriving at 3 PM to have an early buffet style dinner at 3:30 PM at the Oliver Wright Tavern. I will post this as a separate event.]

Admission as of this 11/6/16 posting (same price for OSV members and non-members):

• $22 - adults age 13 and up

• $14 - children age 4 to 12

• Free - children age 3 and under

In order to encourage the pre-purchasing of tickets for evening events, the prices by OSV are subject to change as the evening event draws closer. Please try to purchase your tickets online (see the OSV event page below) to save money and to expedite entry. You could purchase at the event but I don't know how long lines will be for you.

The event will close at 9:00 PM. I will likely stay to the end as I love Christmas!

Children are very welcome for the event. No pets are allowed.

Arrive in a festive spirit! :-D

Approximate location/directions to Old Sturbridge Village (30 Stallion Hill Rd., Sturbridge, MA):
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For more information/order tickets:
(To order tickets, go to above link, click on "Purchase tickets for Saturday" and then choose the date Saturday, 12/3/16)

Interactive Village map:

Video of past Christmas by Candlelight celebration:

More information about Old Sturbridge Village:

Old Sturbridge Village website:

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  • Linda

    Hi! I "wandered off" and never caught the group, but enjoyed the evening — loved the awesome crèche & harp concert — hope to catch you next time :)

    5 days ago

  • Suzanne


    6 days ago

  • Michelle


    6 days ago

  • Patricia C

    I am here by main entrance, sitting on bench inside by ticket counter.

    December 3

  • Michelle

    My friend Barrie and I are on our way. Where will we meet everyone?

    December 3

    • Kevin S

      In the body of the event... "Meet at 5 PM at the main exit of the ticket building leading into the Village. We can stay as a group or wander off if you like."

      December 3

  • Peter

    Lori Sullivan and I will be traveling together, and will probably not meet up with the group at 5. We will be having an early dinner at the Publik House and wander in around 7.

    December 3

  • Steve T.

    Carpool anyone from Southington or west of Hartford?

    December 1

    • Havital

      I'm in Newington, would be great to carpool

      December 1

  • Elizabeth

    hi I've been out of the loop for many years but would like to begin attending, can we bring friends and babies

    November 7

    • Kevin S

      Friends an babies are very welcome to this event!

      November 7

    • Kevin S

      Welcome back!

      November 7

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