Why You Need to Witness Gardens Aglow This Year

There are so many holiday celebrations each year, but they all pale in comparison to the spectacular Gardens Aglow display at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. Words simply can’t describe how remarkable it is to immerse yourself in this winter wonderland, but we’ll give it a shot. Find out what makes Gardens Aglow one of our favorite festivities, and let the glow of over 650,000 lights lead the way to lasting memories in Midcoast Maine. 

Come to Boothbay Harbor for Gardens Aglow, and stay for all of the other incredible activities and attractions here! Our free Vacation Guide is full of additional ideas to help you make this holiday season the best one yet. Access it today to explore our hand-picked recommendations!

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The Best Reasons to Attend Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

1. The Remarkable Displays

Have you ever seen a botanical garden come to life with more than half-a-million colorful lights? It’s incredible to imagine such a stunning display, and it’s even more remarkable to see it in-person with your own eyes. It doesn’t matter if it’s your first or fifteenth time attending Gardens Aglow — this enchanting celebration never disappoints visitors. Make sure you don’t miss out this year! You can stroll hand-in-hand with your sweetheart or grab a cup of hot cocoa as you admire the lights and sculptures around every corner.

Tip: Gardens Aglow begins in mid-November, which gives you time to snap the perfect photograph in front of the lights for your Christmas cards!

2. The Gift Shop

Did you know that you can also cross off items on your holiday shopping list while you’re here? It’s true! Feel free to rest your legs a bit and take a break from the cold weather outside while you browse the Gardenshop. This charming shop is full of unique gift ideas and souvenirs, like hand-printed shirts, locally produced honey, soaps, candles, and so much more. Proceeds from your purchase help support the operations at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens so that people can continue to enjoy this iconic attraction for many years to come. 

3. The Cozy Accommodations Nearby

One of the best reasons to attend Gardens Aglow is, in fact, not at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens. You might know that we close Topside Inn for the season each winter, but what you might not know is that we offer comfortable vacation rental properties that are available year-round! You’re welcome to unwind in Dock View or the Boat House in downtown Boothbay Harbor. These beautiful properties are perfect for families and groups looking to enjoy all of the local festivities of the holiday season. Plus, you can save on your stay with our Gardens Aglow Winter Special!

Plan Your Visit Today

View of the outside of 129 Commercial Street, the Boat House

There’s no time like the present to plan your holiday getaway, especially when you get to look forward to such a must-see event like Gardens Aglow. So, tell your friends and family about this celebration at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens and start planning your trip! After all, these types of festivities are always better when you get to experience them with the special people in your life. And, we have the ideal accommodations to make it happen.

Choose your favorite rental property today and book your stay for one of the most memorable vacations of your lifetime!