One thing I look forward to every holiday season is lights. There’s just something about Christmas lights and decorations that makes me smile. Many homes go out of their way during the winter months, but there are also places you can choose to drive or walk through that glow with thousands of Christmas lights.

The Maine Lights Celebration takes place at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds. You can expect to see over a mile of road that transforms into a twinkling display of over a million LED lights and animatronic scenes. If you want a driving experience, this is the perfect place to bring your friends and family.

When can you go?

Maine Celebration of Lights will run from November 25 through December 30.

However, this experience will not operate on November 28, 29, December 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, or 20.

Schedules and prices

Maine Celebration of Lights will be open Monday through Sunday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Last entry is at 8:15 p.m.

Prices vary depending on the day you choose to visit as well as the type of vehicle you plan to bring to this driving experience.

If you choose to visit from Monday to Thursday, to drive with a regular car, it will cost you between $20 and $25 ($20 if you buy your ticket in advance online). If you wish to bring a larger car (van for 12-15 people, small bus, or a limo), you should expect to pay $40 to enter.

Planning to visit on the weekend? Well, from Friday to Sunday, tickets will cost you a bit more. Tickets will also cost more on public holidays (December 24 and 25). During these days, advance online tickets for a general car are $23 and $30 on site. If you bring a larger vehicle, it will cost you $50.

Know before you go

  • It’s best to get your tickets in advance online, if they sell out online you won’t be able to buy tickets on the spot.
  • During this event, for your safety and that of others, you must remain in your car at all times.
  • There will be no public toilets on site.
  • In the event of inclement weather, Maine Celebration of Lights will send a notification and your tickets will be reissued for the next available time.

You can buy tickets and get more information here.

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