New England is home to one of the best holiday light displays in the world and we’re already planning our next road trip!
Aah, the holiday season… there’s nothing quite like it! Whether you’re more of a grinch or you’re the type of person who turns everything in their lives red and green as soon as November 1 hits, one thing we might all agree on is the fact that holiday lights are kind of amazing. Luckily for us, the New England town of Boothbay, ME, has one of the most spectacular light shows in the whole world, according to Condé Nast Traveler.
So even though we might not get the chance to stroll down London’s Regent Street all decked out for the holidays or wander through Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens (both also on Condè Nast’s list) at least we know we can drive up to Maine for some extra dazzling lights this season!
Gardens Aglow at Maine Coastal Botanical Gardens got a glowing review from the publication which defined the light show as “awe-inspiring.” At 295 acres, Gardens Aglow is not your average neighborhood Christmas display. The largest one in the whole of New England, the display features the beautiful Maine flora wrapped in endless strings of colorful lights that make for a totally gobsmacking winter show. Holiday arrangements also include whimsical light sculptures in all shapes and sizes, including Santa’s sleigh and reindeer.
This year, Gardens Aglow has been turned into a drive-through experience due to the pandemic but visitors will still be able to enjoy the show in its full glory. The Gardenshop, which Condé Nast also highlights for its “one-of-a-kind, locally made gifts and goods” will, unfortunately, remain closed to the public. But you can still get your hands on awesome goodies like honey, soap, candles, apparel and Christmas lights online.
Gardens Aglow is opening on Saturday, November 21 until January 2, 2021, and all tickets must be purchased in advance. These are $40 per car ($30 for members) and can be booked online through the Botanical Garden’s website.
[Featured image: Instagram / @coastalmainebotanicalgardens]