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Update January 2017: The companies listed on this site are advertising their Holiday 2016 hours only and will be updated in September 2017 for the 2017 Boothbay Festival of Lights. For current information on hours and specials, please visit their websites directly or visit the Boothbay Chamber of Commerce.


From fine art to fine chocolate, we’re your shopping destination for great holiday gifts.


There’s so much more to Boothbay cuisine than lobster, but we’ve got plenty of that too!


It’s not just the Gardens that sparkle with thousands of lights – the town is alight too!

Signature Events

Celebrate the magic of the Festival of Lights with our signature events! We’ve got the perfect experience to fill your holidays with magic and memories.

Gardens Aglow

The biggest and brightest light display in Maine! Over 350,000 LED lights will decorate our central gardens and buildings. Spectacular!

Festival of Trees

Festival of Trees

Silent Auction of more than 60 decorated trees and related items. Raffle Drawing for Gift items and the 2016 Theme Tree. Christmas Shops featuring: Mantle and Table, Santa’s Sweet Shop, Nature’s Corner, ETC, Little Trees.

Gingerbread Spectacular

Annual display of gingerbread houses large and small, with a few cabins, castles, lighthouses, and mythical structures thrown in for good measure! Professional bakers and grade school builders all compete in this hilarious annual event.

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The North Pole Express

Board the North Pole Express and enjoy a heated, steam train ride to meet Santa. Follow the train trip with a reading of The Night Before Christmas, enjoy homemade cookies & hot cocoa, see the model railroad and holiday tree display, and make a vintage-inspired ornament to take home.

The Dough Ball

A magical evening, perhaps the best party of the season! Gingerbread Spectacular winners are announced. Enjoy wonderful hors d’oeuvres prepared by the Friends of the Opera House. Cash bar. Dress is anything from casual to holiday finery.

Harbor Lights Festival

With a distinctly nautical flavor, this festival is fun for the entire family and will help to get everyone in the holiday spirit. Festival highlights include Santa and Mrs. Claus and a whole cast of characters including elves, moose, lobsters and more arriving in grand style…by boat, of course!