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Enjoy horse-and-carriage rides, festive lights, a visit from St. Nicholas, and more at Mystic Seaport Museum this December

Mystic, Conn. (Nov. 11, 2021) – Come to Mystic Seaport Museum this December for Lantern Light Village, an outdoor event for the entire family that celebrates the holiday spirit of New England.

Visitors can stroll the historic grounds of the Museum to experience the holidays of today and yesterday. Highlights include a festive lighting display synchronized to music; horse-and-carriage rides; fire pits; live music; and holiday-themed story times, crafts, and games.

The Museum’s seafaring village will invite visitors to journey back in time to interact with costumed actors playing residents of 19th century Greenmanville – the neighborhood where the Museum is now located – as they prepare for the coming holiday festivities.

The dome of the Museum’s Treworgy Planetarium will be converted into a virtual, walk-through snow globe.

And, of course, not to be missed–a visit from St. Nicholas!

“Each night, we will transform our grounds into holiday fun for the whole family. We are excited to share this quintessential New England experience with everyone as we emerge from these challenging times with some extra holiday spirit,” said Museum president Peter Armstrong. “Lantern Light Village is a special way to celebrate the holidays, whether you are an adult or a child.”

Lantern Light Village will be held on Dec. 10 and 11; Dec. 17 and 18; and Dec. 20, 21, and 22. It will start at 5 p.m. and go through 8 p.m. every evening.

Admission for adults, ages 13 and up, is $29, members pay $24. Youth, ages 4-12, get in for $24, while members in that age group will be charged $19. Admission is free for ages 1-3.

Tickets are available at www.mysticseaport.org/lantern-light-village/

Regardless of the weather, this event will be almost entirely outside, so visitors are asked to dress appropriately. Some parts of the grounds are lit only with kerosene lanterns. Bringing an additional personal light source such as a flashlight or headlamp is allowed.

Pets are not allowed on the grounds, due to the presence of the horses. However, service animals are permitted.

Mystic Seaport Museum would like to thank their community partner Power Posse Productions for their support of Lantern Light Village.


Dan McFadden
Director of Communications
Mystic Seaport Museum
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About Mystic Seaport Museum

Mystic Seaport Museum is the nation’s leading maritime Museum. Founded in 1929 to gather and preserve the rapidly disappearing artifacts of America’s seafaring past, the Museum has grown to become a national center for research and education with the mission to “inspire an enduring connection to the American maritime experience.” The Mystic Seaport Museum grounds cover 19 acres on the Mystic River in Mystic, CT, and include a recreated New England coastal village, a working shipyard, formal exhibit halls, and state-of-the-art artifact storage facilities. The Museum is home to more than 500 historic watercraft, including four National Historic Landmark vessels, most notably the 1841 whaleship Charles W. Morgan. At Mystic Seaport Museum, we strive to create an environment where visitors not only learn from us, but we learn from them. The concept is called Public History and it allows our visitors to experience history in ways they haven’t before.