Times: Guided tours limited to 15 people leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Register for a tour by clicking your desired time below.
Cost: $35/person ($30 for members)
How did New England families spend their evenings before the intrusion of texting, telephones, TVs and computers? Visitors to Old Sturbridge Village will get a rare chance find out as they tour the historic Village lit only by candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and firelight during Old Sturbridge Village’s “Evening of Illumination.” Guided by lantern light around the Village Common, guests visit select homes and shops to see how early New Englanders spent their evenings in the days before electricity. Visitors will be treated to music and storytelling throughout the tour, and will see Village artisans at work by candlelight.
Following the tours, visitors return to the Bullard Tavern for light refreshments, mulled cider, and a cash bar. Tours are limited to 15 people, and leave from the Visitor Center every 10 minutes from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Advance registration is recommended as this event historically sells out. Register by clicking your desired time below.
According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, early New Englanders stayed warm and productive during the fall and winter despite dwindling daylight and long hours of darkness. With light and heat coming only from candles, oil lamps, lanterns, and fireplaces, 19th-century families gathered around the fire and played music, games, or listened quietly as someone read aloud by candlelight. In contrast, today’s hectic schedules rarely allow for quiet time like this in the evening – unless the power goes out in a snowstorm.
Important Information to note before you purchase tickets:
Purchase of an evening program is separate from daytime admission. The museum is not open for daytime visits on these dates. Tickets are non-refundable. In order to deliver the best experience for all of our guests, we request that you arrive at least 10-15 minutes before the start of your tour time. Tours are approximately 90 minutes long This program is recommended for ages 10 and up. link ( link )