For Immediate Release:

October 27, 2022

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Sarah Martin
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General Tickets on Sale Now for

2022 Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village

Early bird pricing offers 10% off tickets until Nov. 18

Sturbridge, M.A. – Tickets are on sale now to the public for Old Sturbridge Village’s 2022 Christmas by Candlelight event, with early bird pricing offered through Friday, Nov. 18. Experience old and cherished traditions and create new ones at this year’s event, which celebrates the holiday season across the 19th-century Village.


Christmas by Candlelight offers guests the opportunity to experience the sights and sounds of Christmas across the 200-acre campus, including exploring a Christmas Tree Trail and leaving a special request on the Christmas Wish Bridge. During the event, demonstrations focus on 19th-century craftsmanship, baking and preparing for the holiday, while the Village comes alive with storytelling, live music, festive food, horse-drawn carry-all rides, holiday shopping and more. Santa Claus also makes an appearance at the Village each evening, collecting Christmas wishes from the youngest visitors.

New to the event in 2022, guests can experience for the first time:

  • Decorations in the Asa Knight Store: The Asa Knight Store will feature six trees during the event representing the different decades of the 1800s sponsored by local Oakwood Farms. Free ornament crafts will be offered to guests as a hands-on, DIY and take-home activity.
  • New Holiday Treats: The Bixby House will be mulling cider, and Salem Towne House will be baking gingerbread, and other holiday treats will be offered across the Village.
  • International Christmas: The Richardson House will be showcasing an international Christmas for the first time, celebrating the holidays of other cultures with themes drawn from Puerto Rican traditions.
  • Live Music: Every night of Christmas by Candlelight, listen to live festive music by both costumed interpreters and outside guests. This year, the Village will feature local school bands and choirs from the community performing on select dates.
  • Vendor Showcase: On December 9th from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., Hot Dates Kitchen of Sommerville, MA will be at Ox & Yoke Mercantile to showcase their products. Hot Date Kitchen strives to make ridiculously delicious treats that are good for you, good for the world, and good for the planet. They work directly with farmers and local food producers to find the highest quality, ethically, and sustainably sourced ingredients to make good food that is at once simple in its components and bold in flavor.


Tickets must be purchased online, in advance for Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village. Pricing is $28.20 for adults and $14.40 for youth with early bird discount, and $25.60 for member adults and $12.80 for member youth.


Old Sturbridge Village is also seeking entries for its annual Gingerbread House Contest, inviting participants to create and register their own gingerbread work-of-art in one of four categories. A panel of judges will rank each entry and name a winner in the adult non-professional, adult professional, youth and family/group categories, with visitors to the Village voting for the coveted title of “Best in Show.” This year’s participants will be entered to win one of three family memberships to the Village (a $105 value). Deadline for entry is Nov. 18.


More information on the event as well as sign ups forms for the Gingerbread House Contest can be found at:


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About Old Sturbridge Village
Old Sturbridge Village, first opened to the public in 1946, is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. It is the largest living history museum in the Northeast, celebrating its 75th anniversary in 2021. Each year, more than 250,000 visitors interact with costumed historians, experience up-close demonstrations of early American trades, and meet heritage breed farm animals. Situated on 200 scenic acres, the Village is a collection of more than 40 historic buildings - including homes, meetinghouses, trade shops, working farms, restaurants, shops and three water-powered mills.

Located just off the Massachusetts Turnpike and Routes I-84 and 20 in Sturbridge, Mass., Old Sturbridge Village is open year-round, but days and hours vary seasonally. Daily admission is: $28 for adults, $26 for seniors, $14 for College Students, $14 for children ages 4-17, with children 3 and under admitted free. Admission includes free parking. Village Members receive free standard daytime admission. For details, visit  
Old Sturbridge Village is also the managing partner of Coggeshall Farm Museum in Bristol, R.I. Members at OSV receive reciprocal membership at Coggeshall Farm Museum.
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