3 of the Best Reasons to Attend Gardens Aglow This Year

Christmas in Boothbay Harbor is a magical time of year. Snow blankets the ground, there’s joy in the air, and everything seems to sparkle and shine! If you want to experience the best of Boothbay this winter, you need to attend Gardens Aglow. It’s hosted by Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and is the largest holiday light show in Maine! Here are some of the things you’ll see there.

Gardens Aglow is just one of many fantastic events coming up this winter. For more information on local activities and attractions, download a copy of our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of recommendations for fun things to do during your stay at Topside Inn.

Your Guide to Gardens Aglow 2017

1. All of the Lights

With over 500,000 LED lights illuminating the gardens and buildings, Gardens Aglow is perfect for an enchanting evening outdoors. You and your special someone can stroll through the incredible displays that spread across 14 acres of land. There’s even a s’mores pit, popcorn stand, and special art exhibits. Experience the magic from November 17 – December 31, 2017.

2. Dining & Shopping

After you admire the twinkling lights, head to The Kitchen Cafe and warm up. The Cafe is open from 4 to 8 p.m. and offers special food and beverage options during Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow. Plus, every dish is made using fresh, locally-sourced ingredients. What’s better than that?

The Gardens Gift Shop is also open throughout the event. Stop in and browse a seasonal selection of holiday gifts and goodies, including lights for your own tree. The Gift Shop sells the same lights used in Gardens Aglow at a discounted price.

3. Other Fun Activities

Did you know that Gardens Aglow is just one part of the Boothbay Festival of Lights? This beloved celebration has been a Midcoast Maine tradition for over 30 years and promises some incredible holiday memories! Admire beautiful hand-made gingerbread houses at the Dough Ball & Gingerbread Spectacular, or take a ride on the North Pole Express. You also enjoy a tree lighting ceremony, Christmas caroling, horse-drawn carriage rides, and a craft show. For a full list of events and activities, visit the festival website.

Purchase Your Tickets Today

Gardens Aglow is a spectacular event you won’t want to miss! The Gardens are open Thursday through Sunday between 4 and 9 p.m. Due to the event’s popularity, guests are strongly encouraged to purchase tickets ahead of time. Online tickets are available at a discounted rate and enable guests to access the express ticket lane. You can also buy tickets at the door when you arrive.

Book Your Stay at Topside Inn

When it comes to the best lodging in Boothbay Harbor, no place compares to Topside Inn. Our hilltop property feels miles away from the bustling center of town, and it’s only a short 5-minute walk! Stunning accommodations and top-notch amenities make guests feel right at home, and a delicious gourmet breakfast rounds out the experience. Check our availability and start planning your trip to Midcoast Maine today. We look forwarding to seeing you at Gardens Aglow!