Beautiful Maine Lighthouse is a Can’t-Miss Attraction During the Holiday
There's nothing like the beauty and stature of a lighthouse. The iconic structures sit idly by, almost stoic-like, through changing seasons and the fickle weather.
Maine is no stranger to these historic protectors of seafarers. Incredibly, the Pine Tree State has 65 of them still standing.
While Portland Head Light and Marhsall Wharf get the majority of the national buzz, the other 63 are all special in their own way. Many have been protecting travelers for over 100 years. Some are open to the public for tours, while others can be seen from a boat cruise.
And then there's one that truly lights up the holiday season. One that is a can't-miss for all lighthouse enthusiasts who love this time of year. I am talking about Cape Neddick Lighthouse, better known as Nubble Light.
Standing a few hundred feet off the town of York's coastline is stoic Nubble Light. It's a popular tourist destination during the warmer months. However, its Christmas transformation is when the magic truly shows.
According to Maine Lights Today, Nubble Light's Christmas "switch" flips on every year on the first Saturday after Thanksgiving. The lighthouse has made the transformation every year since 1987.
Thousands of Mainers and tourists gather at Sothier Park to watch the incredible spectacle. The event includes hot cocoa, choirs, snacks, and even a Christmas tree that appears from underwater. The town spares no detail.
The lights that cover Nubble and its corresponding buildings create such a beautiful display. The outlining of the compound highlights the old structures beautifully, and the window candles help give a sense of history. It's so easy to imagine when the lighthouse had to use real candlelight to keep the "lights on."
This stunning spectacle could get anyone into the holiday spirit. Nubble Light is totally worth the visit, especially during the most wonderful time of year. But you better go soon. The season will be gone before we know it.
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