The Christmas Lights Road Trip Through Maine That’s Nothing Short Of Magical

The Maine coast is a wonder any time of year, but there’s something about Christmastime that makes it truly magical. With millions of fairy lights burning bright to show you the way, our cheery coastal road trip takes you up iconic Route 1, through picturesque small towns, quaint Main Streets, and into some of the best Christmas lights in Maine.

Follow this link for the road trip directions. The total drive time is a little over four hours one way, so you’ll want to factor in time to get back home. Or plan an overnight stay anywhere along the way – you can’t go wrong with any of these beautiful little towns!

What do you think — aren’t Christmas lights in Maine the best?! Even better: our little jaunt up the coast only scratches the surface of what Maine has to offer in terms of Christmas cheer. Check out our other list here to see some more of the best, brightest, holliest and jolliest Christmas lights in Maine!

Address: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME, USA
Address: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME, USA
Address: Freeport, ME 04032, USA
Address: Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Address: Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA
Address: Nubble Lighthouse, Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909, USA
Address: Ogunquit, ME, USA
Address: Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, 20 Milk St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Address: Portland, Maine, USA
Address: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Address: Camden, ME, USA
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Christmas lights in Maine

November 02, 2021

What are some fun Christmas traditions in Maine?

We love a good holiday light display here in the Pine Tree State, as evidenced by the above epic road trip to the best Christmas lights in Maine. We also love enjoying the holiday cheer while riding the rails. Maine is home to some delightful train rides, and many of them have a seasonal appeal. One of the best examples is the Wiscasset, Waterville and Farmington Railway’s annual Christmas Train. This scenic excursion will take passengers through the Maine countryside. While snowy conditions aren’t guaranteed, you will be promised an unforgettable Christmas journey complete with Santa Claus himself! This is a fun event the whole family will love, and sure to put you in the proper holiday spirit!

What are the best holiday events in Maine?

During the wintertime, Maine looks like something straight out of a snow globe. That’s especially true when you visit a Christmas town like Gardiner. Throughout the month of December, this community hosts an array of seasonal events you won’t want to miss — and just a simple stroll down Main Street will showcase the town’s exquisite holiday decorations! This is one of the best holiday events in Maine and will make you feel like you’re in a real-life Christmas movie!

What’s winter like in Maine?

Ahh, winter in Maine. Every season in New England is fantastic, but here in Maine we’re always looking forward to winter with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Because the weather can be erratic, it’s hard to effectively plan ahead. There are a few things we know we can count on though. Cold, rainy, and grey days are a given. And chilly sunny days almost always pop up as well. Each winter is different, but we enjoy the cold-weather months no matter what!

Address: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME, USA
Address: Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay, ME, USA
Address: Freeport, ME 04032, USA
Address: Dock Square, Kennebunkport, ME, USA
Address: Kennebunkport, ME 04046, USA
Address: Nubble Lighthouse, Sohier Park Rd, York, ME 03909, USA
Address: Ogunquit, ME, USA
Address: Portland Regency Hotel & Spa, 20 Milk St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Address: Portland, Maine, USA
Address: Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Portland, ME 04101, USA
Address: Camden, ME, USA