Winter Wonderland

Join us in Boothbay Harbor this winter for unforgetable festivities!

Experience the brilliance of New England’s biggest and brightest light display at Gardens Aglow running through Dec 31st. With over 650,000 lights, witness the transformation of Maine’s spectacular Botanical Gardens into an extravaganza of festive lights in a dramatic display of brilliant color. This year, they will be taking the dramatic display to new heights, incorporating—for the first time—a magnificent sculpture exhibit, Unearthed, by artist Steve Tobin.

The Annual Gingerbread Spectacular of gingerbread houses large and small, with a few cabins, castles, lighthouses, and mythical structures thrown in for good measure shows off the heart of the community. Professional bakers and grade school builders all compete in this hilarious annual event with prizes awarded for Most Ingredients Used, Best Holiday Spirit, Most Obsessive Compulsive, Best Landscaping and, of course, Most Spectacular among other awards.  The confectionery creations are on display beginning Friday evening at the Dough Ball Preview Party and then throughout the weekend from 10 am – 4 pm on Saturday and Sunday. No admission fee on Saturday or Sunday. Donations welcome. Entertainment, cocoa, bake sale, and the magical gingerbread structures make this the most fun weekend of the year at the Opera House.

Boothbay Lights is a celebration of signature Holiday events in Maine midcoast’s quintessential seaside towns of Boothbay and Boothbay Harbor! The towns sparkle with thousands of lights and the shops, restaurants and hotels are all open and ready to help you make wonderful Holiday memories! Events include Festival of Trees, Gingerbread spectacular & Holiday Sparkle Fireworks!

On Saturdays and Sundays, November 30 through December 22 the Boothbay Railway Village will be running the “North Pole Express!” Departures will run 8 times each day beginning at 10:00. Purchasing tickets in advance is highly recommended to avoid disappointment or long waits. Sales are open now! The train will carry you through the Village and arrive at the North Pole (Thorndike Station) where a special guest wearing a red suit with a jolly belly will jump aboard to greet you! Yes, Santa himself will attend! Children will also be invited to make a vintage-inspired holiday ornament to take home.

So much to do. So much to see. So much to experience!

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