Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Holiday blast from the past

And it all happens just over the border....
Old Sturbridge Village is inviting visitors to "experience the time-honored joys of the holiday season during Christmas by Candlelight."
For nine nights, "the 19th-century village will be illuminated by candlelight, and visitors can enjoy the sights and sounds of the season, including sleigh rides, musicians, both Father Christmas and Santa Claus, and strolling carolers in period costume," the organization said in a release.
"Old Sturbridge Village historians will demonstrate and explain the history of many of our most well-known Christmas traditions."
Christmas by Candlelight is scheduled for 4 to 9 p.m. Dec. 3-5, 10-12, and 17-19
For more details, visit or call 800-SEE-1830.
"The nostalgic look at the holiday’s roots includes the real stories behind Christmas trees, Yule logs, poinsettias, the practice of exchanging gifts, and more," the release said. "The history of favorite Christmas foods like roasted chestnuts, gingerbread, and fruit cake will be explained and samples will be available for tasting. Visitors can also vote for their favorite entry in OSV’s annual Gingerbread House Contest."
Also, hands-on activities will include "making a Christmas keepsake while learning about the history of Christmas cards, and making a tin ornament while finding out the history of Christmas tree decorations."
Professional musicians, as well as student and community groups, will perform throughout the nine-night event.
Tickets are available for $14 or $12 for Old Sturbridge Village members in advance through or 800-SEE-1830.
Tickets can be applied to any of the nine Christmas by Candlelight dates, and the date of attendance does not need to be specified at the time of purchase. The museum gift shop and Oliver Wight Tavern will be open for holiday shopping and dining. Christmas by Candlelight is sponsored by Fallon Community Health Plan and TD Bank.
Old Sturbridge Village will be closed during the day from Dec. 1-25. The Village will return to a daytime schedule for its popular school vacation week activities Dec. 26 – Jan. 2.

Editor's note: The information and photos in this post were provided wholly by Old Sturbridge Village.

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