Gardens Aglow

The magic begins as darkness falls.

Nov. 19-Dec. 31, Thursday-Sunday, plus select dates

Join us to experience the brilliance of New England’s most beautiful light display! This year, the seasonal celebration returns to its roots as a walking event with a new, reimagined design and nearly 750,000 LED lights woven through 14 acres of central gardens.

All tickets must be purchased in advance; no admission tickets will be sold onsite. Tickets are valid only for the date and time for which they are purchased, and visitors must arrive on time for their tickets. In addition, guests without tickets will be turned away. Tickets are non-refundable. Make sure you read the Ticketing & Return Policies before purchasing tickets. (Policy information is above the calendar on the event tickets page.)

Gardens Aglow Lighting Contest

In addition to the dazzling lighting displays at the Gardens, visitors will also enjoy exploring the region to view entries in our Lighting Contest, which are viewable on our map. Winners of the contest will be chosen by popular vote in a text-to-vote platform.


Gardenshop online has hundreds of items to peruse and add to your shopping cart.

Our curated collection of items make great gifts for family and friends of all ages, and every purchase in our store is powerful: each sale directly supports our mission to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants and nature.


Discover the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Gardens Aglow. Questions specific to members can be found below.

No; tickets must be purchased in advance, and you will be unable to buy tickets onsite. Non-ticketholders will be turned away.

Gardens Aglow is illuminated by nearly 650,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs—that’s nearly 60 miles of lights!

Tickets should be purchased online or over the phone, 207-633-8000.

No, they will not be mailed. An email will be sent to the email address you provide when purchasing your ticket, and there will be printable tickets included in that email.

Yes! You should print your tickets this year and have them in-hand when you arrive. If you are unable to print your ticket, please ensure that you have the ticket PDF open on your mobile phone with the barcodes visible, and turn your screen brightness all the way up.

We’re open rain or (moon)shine! If it’s raining, our displays showcase an extra sparkle. As a general rule, we only close during major, unsafe weather events (see the next FAQ).

We’ll post on our website and our Facebook page if we need to close because of the weather, and it will be on local news closure lists. If you had purchased tickets for a night that we close, we will email you with news of the closure and remind you to contact us for a full refund. Since we do not store your credit card information, you must contact us for your refund, or for help rescheduling your visit for an open night of the event. You may also apply the cost of your tickets towards a Gardens membership, or use them as admission during our regular season, April-October.

Tickets are non-refundable and valid only for their specified time/date. If circumstances prevent you from using your tickets at the date and time planned, please give us a call at 207-633-8000 and we will be happy to help you transfer your reservation to a different time/date for a $5 fee, apply it toward regular season admission (May-October), or apply its cost towards a Gardens membership.

We are closed on some major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Otherwise, we’re open Thursday-Sunday, plus the Wednesday before Thanksgiving (Wed., November 23), the Wednesday before Christmas (Wed., December 21) and daily, December 26 through 31.

No. Your ticket is valid only for the date and time for which it is purchased, and you will be unable to use it for a different time slot. Arriving within 15 minutes of your ticket time is essential.

No. The Gardens is closed for safety reasons before and after the event. We close promptly at 9 p.m.

There will be some concessions in the Bosarge Family Education Center. Our Cafe will be closed. Visit for more information on where to eat in the region.

Check out the Boothbay Lights website or Facebook page to see a full listing of what restaurants, hotels and shops are open, as well as what other events are happening around town during the Boothbay Lights celebration. We also have a map our Community Lighting Contest participants—begin or end your evening with Gardens Aglow, and take a festive tour of the peninsula!

Yes! Plus, you can shop online at Our online shop has great gifts for loved ones from artisans, local makers, and environmentally-conscious merchants, and every purchase–even online–is powerful: every sale directly supports our mission to inspire meaningful connections among people, plants, and nature through education, horticulture, and research.

With the exception of approved CMBG affiliates, resale of Gardens Aglow tickets is not permitted. Please call us (207-633-8000) if you’re interested in hearing more about our affiliate program. 

Member FAQ

Yes. The Gardens close for the season on October 17, and Gardens Aglow is a special ticketed event. Members receive special pricing for the event.

No, Gardens Aglow is a special event outside of the Garden’s regular operating hours. Guest passes may not be used for any special events outside of regular hours.

We want you to bring your family and friends to this event! Current members may purchase additional tickets at the member price.

No. Memberships are nontransferable and are valid only for the person whose name appears on the card.

Yes, you will still receive a 10% member discount in Gardenshop during the event.

Thank you to our generous 2021 event sponsors:



Banded Brewing

North Atlantic Naturals

While you visit us for Gardens Aglow, Check out Boothbay Lights!

The Boothbay region is loaded with other fun programs and activities for visitors during November and December. Shop, dine or spend the night! For a complete list of other events as well as participating restaurants, inns, and shops, visit and plan your holiday getaway today. Please note that, due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is always best to talk directly with any participating businesses or organizations to ensure information is the most up-to-date.