Fall Into the Holidays 2021



                  Pleasant Cove, Boothbay – Steve Edwards/Boothbay Register

    Fall is a gorgeous season here in Midcoast Maine, particularly the Boothbay Region! Foliage, fairs, early bird sales, hiking trails, art galleries, shopping, yummy meals at restaurants, cozy lodging choices – some with fireplaces! 

    Events abound around the peninsula beginning in October at Boothbay Railway Village Museum with Family Harvest Days and the Fall Foliage Festival; Halloween train rides at BRVM and WW&F Railway Museum in Alna; and trick or treating events. 

    Come November, there are the early bird sales; Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens begins; later in the month, it’s time for the 2nd annual Lighted Fire Trucks Parade and Competition, and wouldn’t you know it, Santa and Mrs. Claus will be riding on one of Boothbay Fire Department’s finest. 

    December brings Santa and Mrs. Claus, a lighted boat parade, fireworks, the North Pole Express, community sing-along, tree lighting ceremony; and the Gingerbread Spectacular.

    Celebrate nature at one or more of Boothbay Region Land Trust preserves. Do include Oak Point Farm to walk and read along the story trail there. New ones monthly!

    Take in a concert at the Opera House.

    Take a walk along the rocky coastline at Ocean Point, East Boothbay.

    Whatever you do and wherever you go, don’t forget your camera.

    Stay up-to-date on happenings at www.boothbayregister.com


    Boothbay Region Land Trust

    60 Samoset Road, Boothbay Harbor

    Free one-mile story trail starts from the Oak Point Farm parking lot kiosk. 

    Along the  Halloween Story Trail is “Room On The Broom” Oct. 5 - Nov. 2: Take turns reading aloud this book by Julia Donaldson with illustrations by Axel Scheffler.

    Check the BRLT website for November and December’s stories.



    Saturday, Oct. 16

    At Wiscasset Town Common starting at 11 a.m. for scarecrow building, a vintage car show, Touch A Truck, live music by Rob Bickford, Chili & Chowder Challenge, Movie on the Common (3:30 p.m.) “OZ, The Great and Powerful.” Large bake sale, and the last day of the treasure hunt! 

    Boothbay Railway Village Museum  

    Sunday, Oct. 31 - 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.


    586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27 in Boothbay, 633-4727

    Trick or Treat around the Village, in costume if you want to get treats; play games on the Village Green, spooky train rides ($5 for non-members). 

    Saturday, Nov. 13

    6 a.m.

    Kick off this season’s early bird sales in Wiscasset where participating businesses offer holiday discounts beginning in the early morning hours ... Check the special pages in the Boothbay Register and Wiscasset Newspaper the week before for specific sales and deals. And, remember, this is a day it’s cool to leave home in your jammies!

    Saturday, Nov. 20

    6 a.m. to ?

    Locals and visitors, wearing their best holiday PJs, check out all of the sales offered at local businesses – most of which offer door prizes! Get going on that holiday shopping!


    Nov. 20 through Jan. 1

    4:30–8:30 p.m., Thursday through Sunday

    For the second year, Gardens Aglow at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens will be a driving event.

    Thursday - Sunday 4:30 - 8:30 p.m. by reservation only. 

    Closed Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve. 

    Buy tickets at mainegardens.org or by phone, 633-8000


    Saturday, Nov. 27

    4-6 p.m.

    Parade of decorated trucks from other fire departments in the Midcoast compete for the Best Fire Truck honor, bestowed by spectators just like you.

    Parade begins at the Boothbay Common at 4 p.m., does a loop through downtown Boothbay Harbor and returns to the Common. Vote for your favorite!

    Saturday, Dec. 4

    6:45 p.m.

    Pleasure boats, lobster boats, vessels of local boat companies ... even the USCG station, sometimes! Decorated watercraft parade through the inner and outer harbor twice. Who’ll win bragging rights this year?

    Followed by Sparkle Fireworks! 

    Saturday, Dec. 4

    7:30 p.m.

    Best viewing is aboard a boat or anywhere around the harbor: Waterfront Park, Fishermen’s Memorial Park on Atlantic Avenue and the lawn of Our Lady Queen of Peace church across the street from the memorial.

    Boothbay Railway Village Museum 

    Dec. 4 - 20, Saturdays and Sundays only

    586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay

    Holiday steam train rides will run eight times each day beginning at 10 a.m. Buying tickets in advance is highly recommended! The ride takes passengers through the Village to the North Pole to visit with a special guest ... guess who that might be! Here’s a hint: His favorite expression is “ho-ho-ho!”


    Thursday, Dec. 16 - Sunday, Dec. 19

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. each day

    Opera House at Boothbay Harbor

    86 Townsend Ave.

    Between the holiday greenery and lights and the magical gingerbread creations, the Opera House is one of the happiest places you could land this holiday season. Free. Masks covering the nose and mouth are required for all attendees over age 2. Be prepared to be gobsmacked!


    86 Townsend Ave.

    Oct. 23 - USAF Heritage Winds - Free concert. 7 p.m. The wind quintet component of the United States Air Force Heritage of America Band. 

    Nov. 5 - Hanneke Cassel Trio - 7:30 p.m. The Boston-based fiddlers fuse influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations. 

    Early Bird Cover