Maine locals know that the winter season is the best time to visit Boothbay Harbor. The summer crowds have died down, the weather is perfect for sharing hot cocoa around a fire with loved ones, and holiday cheer is in the air. There are so many reasons why this area is the best place to enjoy family gatherings, but Boothbay Harbor Christmas lights are perhaps the biggest draw! We’ve compiled just a few of the most ideal ways to view these twinkling displays.
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Take the Family to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow
Our favorite way to view Boothbay Harbor Christmas lights is to attend the largest seasonal light display in Maine! Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow is a breathtaking display of over 150,000 twinkling lights, all spread across the upper Gardens’ 14 acres. There’s no better way to spend quality family time together than rejoicing against a backdrop of colorful lights and seaside woodlands. Visitors often start their night by dining at the on-site Kitchen Garden Cafe, which serves special appetizers and cocktails for the event. Then, they wander the beautifully illuminated Gardens with loved ones! There are plenty of snacks like s’mores and freshly popped popcorn available throughout the grounds for when a craving hits.
Between November 17 and December 31 this year, visitors can attend Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow 2017. The Gardens are open Thursday through Sunday between 4 and 9 p.m. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, but it’s best to simply plan ahead. The Russell House Bed & Breakfast, our sister property, even offers a special Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens Aglow Package that includes lodging, two tickets to one night of the event, and complimentary breakfast each morning.
Watch Bright Boats in the Harbor Lights Festival
Back by popular demand, the Harbor Lights Festival is an incredibly unique way to experience Boothbay Harbor Christmas lights. In 2017, this annual event will turn 32 years old and continues to delight both young and old visitors. As part of the Boothbay Festival of Lights, the Harbor Lights Festival is a mainstay nautical celebration perfect for the entire family. Be sure to take the little ones to this unforgettable event; Santa Claus and his spirited character crew tend to make appearances!
Other highlights of this event include Christmas caroling, a big tree lighting in Downtown Boothbay Harbor, horse-drawn carriage rides, a craft show, and much more. Be sure to stick around until the end of the night, however, because a late-night boat parade is the festival’s signature event! During this part of the festival, local boat captains show off their decorated hulls as they sail in a procession around the harbor. This year, be ready to attend on December 2.
Where to Stay in Boothbay Harbor This Winter
If you’re looking for a warm and welcoming place to stay in Boothbay Harbor during the holiday season, look no further than The Russell House Bed & Breakfast. Not only does this stunning property offer a special deal for the biggest display of Boothbay Harbor Christmas lights, but it is also in the heart of Downtown Boothbay Harbor! Cozy guest rooms at The Russell House Bed & Breakfast are open year-round and feature premium amenities guests won’t find anywhere else.
After a Chilly Maine Winter, Thaw Out at Linekin Bay Resort
While Linekin Bay Resort will close October 8th, we will welcome visitors back after the holidays. After a chilly Maine winter, there’s no better way to thaw out than an afternoon stroll along the shores of Linekin Bay. Our family resort features a variety of different accommodations for families like wooded cabins, waterfront lodges, and much more. All feature breathtaking views of Linekin Bay or its surrounding forests.
Check our availability now and start planning your next spring getaway. We look forward to hosting you!