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Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Every year from mid-November to late December, thousands of Christmas lights brilliantly illuminate the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.

By Cathryn McCann

Dec 18 2019

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Taking a walk through this wooded area is an experience like no other.

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
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Hailed as Maine’s biggest light display of the yuletide season, Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens just might be the closest thing you’ll find to a holiday wonderland. From 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday, these 295 acres of gardens in Boothbay, Maine, are illuminated with more than 650,000 lights. For 2021: This year the event is a driving tour, and timed tickets must be purchased online in advance. Before or after admiring the lights, spend some time exploring Boothbay itself (where there’s plenty more holiday spirit to be found). Buy tickets and learn more here: mainegardens.org

Scenes From Gardens Aglow at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
A family enjoys fresh snowfall at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
A shed in the gardens is lined with twinkling lights.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The gardens include a number of fun attractions for kids, as this signpost suggests.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Every fence is wrapped hundreds of times with colorful lights.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
The light show climbs high, thanks to a grove of stately trees.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
A shed lights up the night.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
At night, there are lights as far as the eye can see.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Gardens Aglow is the largest holiday light show in Maine.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
Christmas at the Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens
Taking a walk through these woods is a magical experience.
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming
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