Nothing will get you into the holiday spirit like a trip to Maine in December. From sparkling light displays to delicious gingerbread homes, you’ll find the magic of Christmas everywhere you turn! This is especially true during the Boothbay Festival of Lights when Boothbay Harbor comes alive with happiness and cheer. This year, mark your calendar for the festivities and get ready to have a very merry Christmas in Maine.
If you’re planning to spend this Christmas in Maine, be sure to download a copy of our free Vacation Guide! It’s full of information about the best activities, events, and attractions in Midcoast Maine.
Christmas in Maine 2017: Boothbay Festival of Lights
Experience one of the most beautiful Christmas towns in Maine during the Boothbay Festival of Lights. From November 18th to December 31st, our seaside village transforms into a sparkling winter wonderland. Along with great holiday shopping, there are plenty of fun events to get you in the Christmas spirit. Here are some of our favorites.
Prepare to be dazzled when you attend Gardens Aglow. With over 500,000 LED lights, this event is the largest holiday light show in Maine. It’s also a great way to spend a romantic evening outdoors. Stroll through the twinkling gardens with your special someone, then warm up by a roaring fire and roast s’mores. The event kicks off at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens on November 17th.
No Christmas in Maine is complete without a visit to the Gingerbread Spectacular! On December 16 & 17, visitors can wander through a creative display of gingerbread houses. From cabins and lighthouses to mythical castles, you’ll see it all! Admission is free but donations are always welcome.
Local Tip: Be sure to pick up some hot cocoa and a tasty treat at the bake sale!
Festival of Trees
Have you ever seen 60 decorated Christmas trees in one place? If not, attending the Festival of Trees is a must. This beloved event features a silent auction, a raffle gift drawing, and opportunities to donate to a good cause. It’s held from December 1 – 3 at the Opera House.
Harbor Lights Festival
The Harbor Lights Festival is the perfect way to kick off your Christmas in Maine. This free event is held on December 2nd and offers plenty of activities for the whole family to enjoy. Keep an eye out for Mr. and Mrs. Claus as you watch the decorated boats glide along the harbor. Horse-drawn carriage rides, caroling, and a tree lighting ceremony round out the festival.
Holiday Sparkle Fireworks
If you want to start this holiday season off with a bang, don’t miss out on the Holiday Sparkle Fireworks. Bring your friends and family to Boothbay Harbor on December 8th and watch as the fireworks create a colorful reflection off the water.
North Pole Express
All aboard! Hop on the North Pole Express and watch your wildest Christmas dreams come true. Passengers can settle in for a comfortable ride and watch as the snowy landscape races by the windows. You may even have a visit from Santa! The North Pole Express is very popular so be sure to purchase your tickets in advance. The train departs from Boothbay Railway Village almost every weekend in December.
Join Us This Spring at Topside Inn
Topside Inn is your go-to for unparalleled lodging in Boothbay Harbor. Although we close during the holiday season, you can still experience the excitement of our New England Christmas town. Just be sure to book your stay with us when we reopen in the spring!
Perched on a hill overlooking the harbor, our bed and breakfast features beautifully decorated guest rooms, luxurious amenities, and, of course, stunning water views. We’re also steps away from the best area attractions. Whether you’re spending Christmas in Maine or visiting us after the new year, we promise a getaway to Topside Inn will leave you with lasting memories. Check our availability and make your reservations today.