Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens - Gardens Aglow

We are blessed to live in Maine year-round for countless reasons. Every season brings a new joy to look forward to, even in the wintertime.

One of winter's greatest pleasures is Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ annual light show, Gardens Aglow.

Designed by and put together by Mainers, the Botanical Garden puts on an award-winning magical scene using more than 750,000 LED lights throughout their 14 acres of central gardens. While last year was a drive-thru event, this year featured a walking tour, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the winter wonderland.

Gardens Aglow 2022

Walking through the light display allows you to fully immerse yourself in the experience and feel part of the show. You can take your time walking through the exhibits, taking in all of the lights, feeling the winter’s bite on your skin, and boosting your spirits.

Every night is ticketed and you have to buy them in advance, plus the destination may be a far drive for most people, so it may not be accessible to some folks. For this reason, I found a video from this year’s walking tour so you can get a glimpse of the magic from home.

Follow along with the video and you’ll see the trees, water features, forests, gardens, the layout of lights, and different scenes and sculptures that create the ultimate magical light experience.

There are animal sculptures covered in lights, the kid’s treehouse is still accessible for play, a troll lurks around the corner, and there are mushrooms adorned with their own light display.

The event is still open now until its last night on Dec. 31, so go check it out if you can! But if not, you at least have the video to see what the fuss is all about.

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