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STURBRIDGE — Christmas by Candlelight at Old Sturbridge Village is now open select Fridays, Saturday, and Sundays through Dec. 30. Click here to purchase tickets in advance.

The malls aren’t the only place to shop for gifts. Unique, Village-made holiday items are available at the Miner Grant Store during the event, as well as the Ox & Yoke Mercantile, which opens daily at 10 a.m. and does not require admission to the Village.

Visitors who would like to give the gift of something handmade can learn about crafts made throughout the Village, purchase craft kits for gift giving, or try their skill at hand-dipping candles.

Attendees will find themselves enchanted as they step back in time to celebrate Christmas in New England in the 19th century. They can enter Village households to watch traditional craft-making demonstrations; stroll through the Christmas Tree Trail, featuring over 80 cut trees; and take in 4,000 candles and lanterns and more than 2,000 yards of garland dressing up the Village in its holiday finest. A lighting ceremony takes place at 4:30 p.m. each day. And Santa Claus himself makes a nightly appearance, allowing the little ones to tell him their Christmas wishes.

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WARE — Once again, Country Bank and Old Sturbridge Village are teaming up to ensure Thanksgiving meals are provided to those who need a little help celebrating Thanksgiving this year. The bank’s nonprofit partners shared that they are seeing an increased need for food assistance as prices continue to rise, and more and more people need support.

Paul Scully, president and CEO of Country Bank, wanted to double the bank’s efforts this year and provide 1,500 meals to those needing assistance spanning from Springfield to Worcester. On Wednesday, Nov. 24, the team from Country Bank will deliver 1,500 free meals that were prepared and assembled by the culinary team at Old Sturbridge Village, including a full turkey dinner with all the sides and apple pie for dessert.

Meals will be delivered to St. Johns Food for the Poor, YWCA, Abby’s House, Veterans Inc., Elm Street Congregational Church, Christina’s House, Ronald McDonald House, Mustard Seed, Project New Hope, Old Sturbridge Village, Friends of the Homeless, and Hatfield, South Hadley, Chicopee, and Easthampton Veterans’ Services.

In addition, the students of Old Sturbridge Academy created handmade greeting cards to go with the meals, which are sure to bring a warm smile to anyone’s face.

“We want to do everything we can to help support families in the community this Thanksgiving,” said James Donahue, president of Old Sturbridge Village.

“Country Bank and Old Sturbridge Village share a collective belief that the strength of the community begins with giving back to those in need,” Scully added. “As a community partner, we want to offer our support where it is needed most this holiday season. We know we can make a difference when we work together.”