Did you know that the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow in Boothbay is the biggest and brightest display of Christmas lights in the entire state of Maine? During this part of the Boothbay Festival of Lights, over 360,000 LED lights decorate the grounds of the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. It’s one of the best Maine gardens to visit and something whole family can enjoy! We’ve compiled all of the best pieces of information about this year’s celebration.
Winter is a wonderful time of year to visit Boothbay Harbor, Maine. The summer crowds are gone, the weather is perfect for getting cozy by the fire, and seasonal events like Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow, breathe life into the town. For help deciding what to do during your cool-weather visit, consult our complimentary Boothbay Harbor Vacation Guide! It’s a helpful resource that lists the best hand-picked attractions for every season.
What You Need to Know About Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow in Boothbay
What to Expect
Every year until October 31, visitors wander through the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens to view blossoming flowers and beautiful foliage arrangements. During the winter months, however, the venue transforms into the magical Boothbay Botanical Gardens Aglow! Who doesn’t love twinkling lights and a festive atmosphere? In addition to mesmerizing displays, this event is known for its food trucks, participating shops, and on-site snacks. Anytime between November 17 and December 31, couples and groups gather at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. There, they shop for holiday gifts, eat freshly popped popcorn, and experience the magic of beautiful lights.
Come hungry to the festival, because The Kitchen Garden Cafe will offer special food and beverage options. If you’re looking to savor appetizers and cocktails, be sure to stop by! The sit-down cafe will be open to guests of Gardens Aglow from 4 to 8 p.m., seating the last group at 7:15 p.m. Food trucks will also be present for the event, so be sure to check the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Facebook page for updated information about their offerings.
How to Get Tickets
Since Gardens Aglow is such a popular event, guests are strongly encouraged to get their tickets in advance. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, but keep in mind that advance tickets cost $2 less! Be sure to print purchased tickets or have the confirmation email ready on a mobile device before arriving. Tickets are non-refundable, but transferable and valid for any night of Gardens Aglow 2017. We recommend spending at least an hour at the Gardens, but a ticket allows guests to stay as long as they need to take in the magic!
What to Bring
Gardens Aglow is held outdoors with the exception of a few events held in the Bosarge Family Education Center and dining in the Kitchen Garden Cafe. That said, we recommend dressing for cold weather! Layers and warm, comfortable walking shoes are great ideas. Also, even though there will be thousands of colorful lights leading the way, bringing a flashlight to illuminate some of the darker areas on the property is also wise.
What if There’s Bad Weather?
Maine weather can be unpredictable at times, so we recommend monitoring weather forecasts and calling the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens office if you are unsure. In addition, check their Facebook page regularly to learn about closures. Unless the area is experiencing severe weather, the event will take place each night. Surprisingly enough, drizzly nights are some of the best times to take advantage of Gardens Aglow! Crowds are thinner and the lights look gorgeous reflecting off of puddles. In other words, hope for a clear night, but don’t let a little bit of rain ruin an unforgettable experience!
After a Chilly Night Out, Warm Up at The Russell House Bed & Breakfast!
After an enchanting evening wandering Gardens Aglow with loved ones, come back to comfort and luxury at The Russell House Bed & Breakfast. Not only is our bed & breakfast located just five minutes away from the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, but some of our spacious guest rooms feature en-suite fireplaces perfect for warming guests after a chilly night out! Don’t forget that when you stay with us during the Boothbay Festival of Lights, you will receive 2 tickets to Gardens Aglow! Please see our Festival of Lights and Gardens Aglow Package for more details.