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Boothbay Lights and Gardens Aglow

Location: Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor
Region: Maine’s MidCoast and Islands
Activities: Holiday celebration, sightseeing, shopping, dining
Family Friendly
Dogs allowed but must be leashed in town

Bursting with quintessential seaside charm, this year’s Boothbay Lights holiday festival has events to delight the whole family.

Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will be as spectacular as ever, and again this year, visitors will stay cozy in their cars for a drive-through version that is even longer than last year’s. From November 20 through January 1, Gardens Aglow will light up the Boothbay peninsula for the seventh year in a row, with over 500,000 LED lights bringing sparkling joy for the holidays. Advance tickets must be purchased — one per car.

An annual favorite (and free!) event is on December 4, from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. Head to the harbor for the Lighted Boat Parade as the decorated vessels make their way around the inner harbor for your viewing and so judges can make their favorite selection. After the boat parade, the inner harbor will be lit up with the holiday Sparkle Fireworks display for all to enjoy at 7:30 p.m.

Don’t miss the Gingerbread Spectacular, December 16-19, 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., at the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor. Masked guests can enjoy the dozens of gingerbread creations, and admission is free.

There are several dining options, and many area restaurants offer a discount if you show your Gardens Aglow ticket!

While you are in the area enjoying the festivities, you can also check some items off your holiday shopping list from a variety of unique stores and shops like Janson’s Clothing, Mung Bean, Orne’s Candy Story and Sweet Bay.

Boothbay Harbor’s renowned lodging is plentiful, and many bed and breakfasts and inns have Boothbay Lights specials that include tickets to Gardens Aglow or special rates.

From Ellsworth: 96 miles
From Bangor: 90 miles
From Lewiston/Auburn: 50 miles
From Portland : 55 miles

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