Returning for its ninth season, our annual celebration will feature new walking routes and paths to explore, as well as some new vistas and old friends (hello, Wade the Moose!). With more than 750,000 LED lights woven through 14 acres of central gardens, the Gardens is amplifying the brightest light display in Maine with new designs and sustainability initiatives. Join us to experience illuminated trails, nature-inspired sculptures, themed areas, and swaths of light and undulating effects all conspiring to create an immersive experience.
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Discover the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Gardens Aglow. Questions specific to members can be found below.
Gardens Aglow is an outdoor, walking event. Keep in mind that weather conditions vary greatly along the Maine coast in the winter and Gardens Aglow is primarily an outdoor event. Dress in layers and be aware of the risks of snowy and icy weather.
The Gardens Aglow route is approximately 1 mile of beautifully lighted pathways through our central garden areas, and we find that most guests spend between one and a half to two hours at Gardens Aglow. Extend your visit to the region by exploring the Boothbay Region during Boothbay Lights, and seeing the entries in our Community Lighting Contest, where participants have festively lit up their homes and businesses.
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 more than 750,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs—that’s roughly 65 miles of lights!
Tickets will be onsale to the general public on September 25 and 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.
We recommend printing your tickets and having them in-hand when you arrive. We can also scan your tickets directly from your mobile phone, just ensure that you have the ticket PDF open on your device 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 by 1 p.m. on the day of the event 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 at the email address used during checkout 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, you can transfer your reservation to a different time/date for a $5 fee, or apply its cost towards a Gardens membership. You can also use your Gardens Aglow tickets as admission during our regular season, April-October of 2024.
We are closed on some major holidays, including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day. Otherwise, we’re open Thursday-Sunday, plus daily December 26 through 31.
No. The Gardens is closed for safety reasons before and after the event. The gate opens at 3:30 p.m., and we close promptly at 9 p.m.
There will be some food available along the route. Visit BoothbayLights.com for more information on where to eat in the region.
Yes! Plus, you can shop online at shop.mainegardens.org. 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 (typically local inns, hotels, or other businesses), 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.
Yes, members do need to buy tickets for Gardens Aglow. The Gardens close for the regular season on October 22, and Gardens Aglow is a special ticketed event. Tickets for members are at the special discounted rate of $15 for adults and $8 for children. Members have the special opportunity to buy tickets during the member presale week, ahead of the general public, starting September 18.
During presale week, September 18-24, only members can access tickets. Members will need to log in using their member email address to unlock these tickets on our website.
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 bring additional guests with them during Gardens Aglow. Members may purchase up to 4 additional adult tickets and unlimited children at the member price. The guests must accompany the member.
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.
Sponsor Gardens Aglow 2023:
With more than 120,000 visitors, your partnership not only supports our mission to connect people, plants, and nature, but it can also align with your marketing goals.
To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities for Gardens Aglow 2023, please get in touch with Betsy Hills, Annual Fund & Membership Manager, at BHills@mainegardens.org.