I’ve written about this event more than once, but it remains one of the most enjoyable nights during the year, so I’m writing about it again. If you haven’t read, or don’t’ remember reading, Christmas by Candlelight is an annual event at Old Sturbridge Village (OSV), a living history museum which recreates life in New England during the early 1800s. While we normally visit OSV during warm weather and hopefully on nice sunny days, Christmas by Candlelight is held at night, during December and we were very happy to find snow still on the ground and a little snow in the air on Friday night.
Our visit began, as is our tradition, with dinner at The Thai Place. OSV has never been easy to find in the dark, and their address is the one school buses use for field trips, not the main entrance. But the entrance road is across from the parking lot of The Thai Place, so we use that as our reference. OSV finally published a different address to use for you GPS, but we decided to stick with our restaurant – one shouldn’t mess with tradition.
I’ll leave the rest of the explanation to the captions in the pictures.
Up the path is the “downtown” section of the village.
This lantern is made in the Tin Shop. This is the only one on display, but you can buy them in the gift shop.
It’s even more beautiful when there’s snow.
We begin with dinner.
Faith has been trying for years to get the perfect picture of the lanterns.
Th first stop is the Small House. I was using a night landscape mode, which takes multiple exposures and blends them.
Inside the Small House they were roasting chestnuts on an open fire.
Faith was taking pictures of the lanterns when I was (trying to) take pictures of the Small House. She popped up while it that night mode was still snapping frames.
In the pottery shop. they make a variety of cups, mugs and bottles, fire them and sell them to raise money.
The kiln. They still use this to fire pottery made in the pottery shop.
Scrooge and Marley’s counting house.
Scrooge? Perhaps Marley.
The ghost of Christmas Present lives here. In the kitchen, they are baking cookies.
The sawmill wasn’t open but we walked by on the Christmas Trail – a series of 50 lighted Christmas trees around the back of the mill pond.
Last year, they added a refreshments stand in one of the barns. Not of the period, but a very welcome sight.
Faith treated me to Hot Cocoa with Peppermint Schnapps. A good way to warm up on a cold night.