Fall ... into the holidays!


    Gorgeous. Eventful. Magical.

    That’s the Boothbay Region and Wiscasset area in October, November and December.

    Steve Demeranville photo

    Find out what’s happening by clicking on each month!




    Sunday, Sept. 30

    Boothbay Railway Village

    586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27, Boothbay

    A family favorite, fall tradition featuring classic New England festivities such as hayrides, pumpkin decorating, games on the village green and, of course, train rides. The community-inspired event will offer reduced museum admission for the entire day.

    Adults $10 - Children 3-17 $5 - Under 3 Free
    Pumpkin Pass $5.  (Take a hayride to the pumpkin patch and pick out your very own pumpkin to bring home!)
    Event hours: 10am-4pm
    Train Rides: 11am, 12pm, 1pm, 2pm 3pm and 4pm
    Concessions: 11am-2pm

    Saturday, Oct. 7 - 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Sunday, Oct. 8 - 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

    Boothbay Railway Village

    586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27, Boothbay




    Sept. 30; Oct. 7, 14 & 21

    Wiscasset, Waterville & Farmington Railway (WW&F)

    97 Cross Road, Alna

    Pumpkin Pickin' Trains to SeaLyon Farm: Take the train to the Farm, go into the patch to pick your very own pumpkin(s) to take home. Lots of other fun fall activities. Pumpkins are priced by size. Board the hay ride with your perfect pumpkin in hand for your return trip to Sheepscot. Tickets at https://wwfry.org

    Tuesday, Oct. 31

    From 4 to 5 p.m. take a walk through the haunted Boothbay Harbor Memorial Library (at 4 Oak St.) and sip warm cider (courtesy of Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce). Play giant-sized lawn games before lineup time for the parade through town starting at 4.  FMI: 207-633-3112.

    Early October - Oct. 30

    The Wiscasset Rec Scavenger Hunt to find the hidden scarecrow; Scarecrow competition - with a People’s Choice award, vintage car show, scarecrow building 101, crafts, family movie


    Saturday, Oct. 28 

    Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Road, Boothbay

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 

    Wear your costumes and bring your own trick or treat bag!

    Steam and barrel train rides, games. arts & crafts, eats & treats and ... the Monster Dig!!!

    More information, including ticket prices at https://railwayvillage.org

    Tuesday, Oct. 31

    4-6:30 p.m.

    Parade of Halloween characters * Costume contest - with prizes * Block party with trick or treating * DJ spinning Halloween tunes!

    Saturday, Nov. 11

    Sales begin at 6 a.m. Pajama-clad shoppers welcome! Check the Nov. 9 edition of the Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper for details on savings! 


    Saturday, Nov. 18

    Specials begin at 6 a.m.! Set the timers on your coffee makers to start brewing at 5. Throw on your bathrobe, pour your cupper, grab your keys (and wallet) and fly to the car ... are you an early bird, or what?! Check the special Early Bird pages in the Nov. 16 edition of the Boothbay Register/Wiscasset Newspaper to map out your stops!

    Nov. 18 - Dec. 31

    Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

    105 Botanical Gardens Drive, Boothbay

    Thursday - Sunday: Gate opens at 3:30 and closes promptly at 9 p.m.

    Closed for Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

    Buy tickets online at  www.mainegardens.org/events-exhibits/gardens-aglow or call 207-633-8000. Print your tickets or tickets can be scanned from your mobile phone – have the ticket PDF open on with the barcodes visible, and turn your screen brightness all the way up.

    Saturday, Nov. 25

    4 p.m.

    The 4th annual! Local and regional fire departments outfit one truck for the holidays to win the Dalmatian Cup (awarded by local “celebrities”). Spectators decide the winner of the People’s Choice award through the Facebook live streaming or text your vote by phone: 207-350-5922.  Parade begins at 4 p.m. from the Boothbay Fire Station to St. Andrews Village, up Townsend Avenue to Oak Street, turning left at the Library and down Townsend Avenue. Location for the awards ceremony TBD.  

    Friday, Dec. 1 

    Saturday, Dec. 2

    St. Columba’s Episcopal Church

    32 Emery Lane, Boothbay Harbor

    10 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days! Selection of theme-decorated Christmas trees; returning holiday decor shops, treats, meals to go and more: Deck the Halls, Nature’s Gifts, Comfort & Joy, Sweet Shop, Dinners Ready!

    The region’s holiday celebration began as The Scottish Christmas Walk with bagpipers playing highland marches and slow airs filled the streets of the downtown. It was a three-day event, Dec. 6-8, 1985, sponsored by Boothbay Harbor Region Chamber of Commerce.

    There was a parade, Christmas craft fair at the YMCA, an open house at Boothbay Region Historical Society displaying fine china, furniture, and other wares previously owned by many of the original Scot settlers of the region. Local merchants and restaurants offered special promotions and discounts and lodging owners were encouraged to offer weekend packages.

    Santa was brought to the Town Landing aboard one of Eliot Winslow’s tugs. After disembarking, Santa was greeted by Town Crier Brud Pierce and a group of pipers to a Boothbay Harbor fire truck to lead the Christmas parade that culminated in a piping event at the high school fields on Townsend Avenue.

    A 20-foot Christmas tree was donated by Irving and Jane Conley, for the Library lawn, and decorated to reflect coastal and Scot themes – red lights and ribbons with large scallop shells (created by Bill Harris of the Boothbay Register). There was a tree lighting with Santa accompanied by the Carousel Theatre singers to lead the caroling.

    In 2016, Harbor Lights became part of Boothbay Lights, which encompasses all of the region’s holiday events!


    Saturday, Dec. 2

    The Clauses and North Pole entourage arrive at the Town Landing in Boothbay Harbor around 3 p.m. and head for the Buoy Christmas Tree to talk to hear wish lists from local children.  Can you say photo op?!

    Saturday, Dec. 2

    Parade: 6:45 - 7:30 p.m. Best viewing around the inner harbor - Whale Park on Commercial Street, Fishermen’s Memorial Park on Atlantic Avenue, and ... on the water!

    Saturday, Dec. 2

    Fireworks follow the Lighted Boat Parade 7:30-ish. 

    Friday, Dec. 15  5:30 – 8 p.m.

    Saturday, Dec. 16 & Sunday, Dec. 17:  11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

    Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor

    Stopping by the Opera House at least once during this event is a holiday must! Gingerbread houses by novice and experienced baker builders always amaze and delight!

    Prizes awarded in various categories including Most Spectacular, Best Traditional Gingerbread House Design, Most Hilarious, Best Representation of a Local Landmark, Best Holiday Spirit and more. No tickets required.

    Dec. 1 - 3

    All three days: 10:30 a.m.-3 p.m. See rooms with stunning architectural details including exquisitely carved moldings and grand fireplaces custom-made 200 years ago by local carpenters and decked out in gorgeous greens and holiday decorations. Advance purchase recommended - $5 Historic New England members and Wiscasset residents. $10 non-members. Tickets: www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events

    Boothbay Railway Village

    586 Wiscasset Road/Route 27, Boothbay

    Weekends in December: 2 & 3, 9 & 10, 16 & 17. Please arrive at least 15 minutes before your train ride!

    Stream train rides depart every 45 minutes to give children time to visit with Santa at the North Pole (a.k.a. Thorndike Station) starting at 10:45 a.m. Last train at 4 p.m.

    Sweets and drinks. 

    Tickets must be purchased in advance at https://railwayvillage.org

    All aboard!!




    86 Townsend Avenue, Boothbay Harbor. Discounted tickets through the Box Office open Wednesday - Friday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or call 207-633-5159; regularly priced tickets at https:// and at the door if any remain.

    Oct. 21: Kathy Mattea - Oct. 28: Tannahill Weavers

    Nov. 4: Don Campbell Band - Nov. 11: Mike Block & Biriba - Nov. 15: The Great Gingerbread Baking Class 

    Dec. 1: Peppino D’Agostino - Dec. 2: Còig - Dec. 9: Lunasa - Dec. 20: Carol Sing with Kevin Kiley and Friends - Dec. 29: Ellis Paul & Friends (Radoslav Lorkovic, Don Conoscenti and  Lauri MacAllister).


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