Celebrate the Holidays in Sturbridge

December 1, 2023

If you’re looking for a magical place to celebrate the season, look no further than Sturbridge, Massachusetts. Our charming New England town is brimming with festive events, delightful shopping, and twinkling lights that will make your holiday season truly unforgettable. 

Holiday Shopping in Sturbridge 

Start your holiday adventure with some shopping at our local stores. Sturbridge is a treasure trove of unique and independently owned shops where you can find the perfect gifts for everyone on your list. From handcrafted furniture to exquisite jewelry and home decor, our local merchants offer an array of wonderful finds. Remember, nothing says ‘happy holidays’ quite like a gift bought from a local store!  

Read our Holiday Shopping Guide for more information!  

Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village 

After you’ve checked off your shopping list, step back in time at Old Sturbridge Village. During their annual Christmas by Candlelight event, the village is transformed into a winter wonderland, complete with carolers, horse-drawn sleigh rides, and beautiful Christmas tree lighting. The event runs every weekend in December, so there are plenty of opportunities to experience the magic of a 19th-century New England Christmas. 

Take in the Holiday Decor 

While you’re in town, don’t miss the amazing holiday displays during the Light Up Sturbridge contest. Our local businesses and residents pull out all the stops to decorate their properties with dazzling lights and festive decorations. Take a stroll or drive around town to soak in the holiday spirit. 

Ice Skating at the Worcester Common Oval 

If you’re looking for some outdoor fun, lace up your skates and hit the ice at the Worcester Common Oval. Whether you’re a seasoned skater or a beginner, gliding around the rink under the winter sky is a delightful way to enjoy the season.  

Winter Wonderland at Southwick’s Zoo 

Finally, end your holiday visit with a trip to Southwick’s Zoo’s Winter Wonderland. Here, you can marvel at the stunning light displays, meet Santa and his reindeer, and even enjoy a warm cup of cocoa. The zoo will be transformed with over 4 million illuminated lights and dazzling displays. It’s a magical experience that will leave you and your family with lasting holiday memories. 

Come and celebrate the holidays with us in Sturbridge! With our festive events, charming local shops, and beautiful winter scenery, we promise to get you into the holiday spirit.