Places to Explore

7 Homey Things to Do in Maine This Winter

Photograph by Benjamin Williamson

7 Homey Things to Do in Maine This Winter

Places to Explore


Explore Maine’s pre-statehood homes on one of Maine Preservation’s 26 Drive ME Historic Tours, organized by region. 207-847-3577.


Peruse artisan goods and enjoy local food at the Maker’s Market at Thompson’s Point. Nov. 14 & 28 and Dec. 5 & 19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-747-5288.


Drive through the state’s largest light show, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens’ Gardens Aglow. Then tour the entries in the organization’s Community Lighting Contest. Nov. 20–Jan. 1, Thurs.–Sun., 4:30–8:30 p.m.


Get into the holiday spirit with tree lightings, parades, Santa visits, a historic home tour, and more during Christmas Prelude. Dec. 2–12, various times. 207-967-0857.


Sing Christmas carols, shop for gifts, and see the Federal Nickels-Sortwell House in its seasonal finery during Wiscasset Holiday Marketfest. Dec. 3-5, 10 a.m.–3p.m. 207-882-9600.

Presque Isle

Visit the 1875 Vera Estey House, decked out with period decorations, during the Presque Isle Historical Society’s Victorian Christmas at the Estey. Dec. 10 & 11, 6–9:00 p.m.

Boothbay Harbor

Attend the Opera House at Boothbay Harbor’s annual edible architecture celebration, Gingerbread Spectacular! Dec. 16–19, 10 a.m.–3 p.m. 207-633-6855.