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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Expand your visit by exploring the Gardens Aglow Community Lighting Contest!
With more than three dozen entries into this year’s lighting contest, the peninsula is alight! Explore the area with our lighting contest map, find the entries, and vote for your favorite to win this year’s People’s Choice Award!
Discover the answers to some of the most commonly asked questions about Gardens Aglow. Questions specific to members can be found below.
Admission Rates for 2023 are as follows:
Family (2 adults/2 children): $48
Member Adult: $15
Member Child: $8
Advance tickets are required. Admission times are 4 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m., and 7:30 p.m.
Tickets will be onsale to the general public from September 25 and should be purchased online or over the phone, 207-633-8000.
No; tickets must be purchased in advance, and you will be unable to buy tickets onsite. Non-ticketholders will be turned away.
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.
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.
Parking is free on-site. To ease parking congestion and facilitate your group’s entry, we strongly encourage you to consider carpooling or ride the shuttle to the Gardens – it’s more fun that way, too!
Shuttles will be available on both Friday and Saturday nights during the 2023 Gardens Aglow. Starting at 3:45 p.m. in downtown Boothbay Harbor and running throughout the event. The last ride to the Gardens leaves downtown around 7:45 p.m., and the last ride back to the downtown area from the Gardens is by 9:15 p.m. The shuttle is located at the Boothbay Harbor Town Office/Fire Station at 11 Howard Street, Boothbay Harbor. Make the most of a visit to the region by exploring Boothbay Harbor’s beautiful downtown, shopping, or eating in a local restaurant, and then take the convenient shuttle to the Gardens for Gardens Aglow. All guests riding the shuttle must have tickets for Gardens Aglow.
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.
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.
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.
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.
We have a limited number of wheelchairs and scooters available to rent. We recommend coming earlier in the season as the snow and ice may prevent scooters and wheelchairs from navigating the gardens easily. Please note that there is a small area of the Gardens that is not accessible by wheelchair or scooter and will be indicated on the map.
Gardens Aglow is illuminated by more than 750,000 energy-efficient LED bulbs—that’s roughly 65 miles of lights!
Every year, our Guardians of the Seeds trolls hibernate from October 31 – May 1. This year, we’re thrilled to share that both Roskva and her baby sister, Lilja, will join the festivities.
We’re cooking up some tasty treats in our newly renovated café. Choose from hot options such as loaded mac & cheese, brisket sandwiches, and hot dogs. Finish it off with homemade sweet treats at the café or from food trucks Fields Fields Blueberries or Sweet & Salty Kettle Korn. Alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will also be available to purchase. The last orders for food will be at 8:30 p.m. Check out our social channels for all the latest details. For options before or after your visit, go to 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.
We love our four-legged friends, but only service animals, as protected by the Americans with Disabilities Act, are allowed at the Gardens.
Please send an email to email@example.com so that we can check out lost and found items.
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.
Gardens Aglow 2023 Sponsors:
North Atlantic Naturals
Banded Brewing Co.
Down East Magazine
Hüga Heated Cushions
Allagash Brewing Co.
B.H. Milliken Electrical Contractors
Power and Walsh Insurance Advisors
Residence Inn by Marriott
To learn more about our sponsorship opportunities, please get in touch with Betsy Hills, Annual Fund & Membership Manager, at BHills@mainegardens.org.