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As temperatures drop, wreaths appear on front doors, and baked goods warm our bellies, we’re met with both a sense of nostalgia and an excitement for what’s to come. In New England, the embodiment of this feeling is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, where the holiday season offers ample opportunities to create new traditions and dust off some old ones. Whether you’re interested in the humble celebrations of the Puritans or in finding fresh new gift ideas, there’s something in Sturbridge for you. Read on to learn more about some of our favorite events and programs.
November 29–30 (10 a.m.–5 p.m.) & December 1, 2019 (10 a.m.–4 p.m.)
Bypass the Black Friday madness at the mall and find some exciting gifts at the 2019 Country Folk Art Craft Show in Sturbridge this Thanksgiving weekend! From handmade soaps and candles to farmhouse décor and more, this craft show has something for everyone on your list. Better yet, you can spruce up your own home for the holiday season with the festive treasures you’ll discover around every corner. $7 admission ($6 with a coupon)
December 6–8, 13–15, 20–23, 27–28, 2019
This annual tradition at Old Sturbridge Village is a can’t-miss New England event. With tasty treats, live performances, sleigh rides, bonfires, and more, Christmas by Candlelight is the perfect way to get into the holiday spirit. Once night falls, be sure to check out the all-new Christmas Tree Trail, which winds past a roaring bonfire and 50 sparkling trees before leading directly to the Christmas Wish Bridge! Sounds like the start of a magical family tradition, doesn’t it? Round out the evening with a stop at either the Candlelight Buffet at the Bullard Tavern or the Holiday Buffet in the Garden View Room at the Oliver Wight Tavern; both offer delicious food in a historic atmosphere. $28/adult, $14/ages 4–17 (free for ages 3 and under). Purchase your tickets before Thanksgiving and save 15%-50%!
December 7 & 14, 2019
Seatings at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
Relish the wonder in your children’s eyes as they experience the magic of a 10-foot gingerbread house at the Publick House. Meticulously designed with frosting and cookies, this oversize creation will inspire your kids’ creativity as you help them create a 10-inch version of their own, followed by fresh cookies and cider. This is a warm and festive gathering you won’t want to miss out on. $35/household
December 7–8 & 14–15, 2019
Seatings from 8:30 to 10:45 a.m.
Santa’s coming to Central Massachusetts, and he’s made a special reservation at the Publick House! Come enjoy a breakfast buffet of sweet and savory options, and snap a photo as your kids meet Old Saint Nick himself and bend his ear with their Christmas list. Don’t wait — this special guest may not be back in town until Christmas Eve…. $12.95/ages 3–10, $19.95/ages 11 and up (free for ages 2 and under)
January 1, 2020
10 a.m.–5 p.m.
What better way to ring in the new year than with something new to you! Find the perfect antique for your home (or pick up a belated holiday gift) at the 2020 Antique Collectibles Show, hosted by The Journal of Antiques & Collectibles. This event is chock-full of items that will take you back to a simpler time and inspire you to reminisce while also looking forward to the bright new year ahead. $10 admission ($8 if you buy online)
Whatever brings you to Sturbridge this winter season, you’re bound to be greeted with New England hospitality and charm. Make sure to explore the vibrant dining and craft beer scene, peruse the lovely small shops, and discover the history of yesteryear. Sturbridge is the perfect getaway. To learn more, visit DiscoverCentralMA.org.
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