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Top 5 December Events Not to Miss in Maine

The holiday season is one of the best times to experience Maine to the fullest. With shopping, celebrations, performances, and more, you can easily fill your season with lots of great events of all kinds!

Here are a few of the events not to miss around Maine.

Gardens Aglow (Boothbay)

The Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens come alive with light in one of Maine’s most popular events. Take a 20-minute drive through the Gardens and immerse yourself in the holiday spirit. Don’t miss the Community Lighting Contest being held throughout Boothbay, too!

For more information, see our Gardens Aglow guide.

Christmas by the Sea (Ogunquit)

Head to Ogunquit for a town-wide scavenger hunt, reindeer round-up, and artisan craft fair. There will be a parade and fireworks too!

To learn more, visit the Ogunquit Chamber of Commerce.

Mountain Holly Days (Rangeley)

Enjoy the best of Maine’s mountains region with the Mountain Holly Days event in Rangeley. This year’s event features activities for the whole family, specials at businesses throughout the area, and more.

For more information, visit the Rangeley Lakes Chamber of Commerce.

Polar Express Train Ride (Portland)

Let the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad take you to the “North Pole” in restored railroad cards. Enjoy hot chocolate, Christmas music, and more as the steam engine takes you to see Santa.

For more information, visit the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co & Museum.

The Nutcracker (Waterville, Bangor, and Portland)

Experience the timeless Tchaikovsky tradition with ballet companies around the state. These holiday performances are great for the whole family.

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