Dates Of Event: November 26, 2016 – January 1, 2017 (photos are from my visit on December 10, 2016)
Location: 11 Sohier Pard Rd, York, ME
Hours: from dusk (roughly 4:30 EST) until midnight
Parking: There is a parking area for about 20-30 vehicles and adeparate parking lot for about 10 cars nearby
Handicapped Accessible: Yes
Dog Friendly: Yes
Highlights: Nubble Lighthouse decorated and lit up for the holidays.
Each year the Nubble Lighthouse (also known as Cape Neddick Lighthouse) is lit up
The annual lighting of the Nubble Lighthouse is a big event. The annual lighting begins each holiday season on the Saturday after Thanksgiving. Santa makes a visit, the fire department stops by to let the children check out their trucks and a bus shuttles people back and forth from Ellis Park to Sohier Park. Yes, they take their lighthouse lightings pretty seriously in York.
Interestingly, this isn’t the only time of the year the lighthouse is decorated with lights. In July of each year the lighthouse is lit up as part of their “Christmas In July” celebration. So, if you miss this viewing you only have to wait 7 more months.
We started the viewing of the lighthouse with the last stages of yet another beautiful Maine sunset.
It was a bitterly cold night at Sohier Park with temperatures in the teens and 20’s and a wind chill making it feel about 10 degrees colder. So, in between visits to the car to thaw out, I was able to take photos of the lighthouse at various stages. If you look closely, you may see a drone that a visitor was flying by the lighthouse, presumably for video footage. Also, you can see a Christmas tree through one of the windows in some of the photos.
Below is a video of the lighthouse lit up. I had only been there about an hour when I videotaped the lighthouse. But, darkness comes quickly in this part of New England. So, the video doesn’t look great. It actually looks kind of spooky.