Maine holiday events have been adapted for safety this year, including several driving events featuring festive light displays.

Pandemic or not, Maine’s holiday happenings are shifting into overdrive, literally.

Several holiday events this year are designed to allow people to drive around to see festive light displays or holiday decorations, including Gardens Aglow in Boothbay, Downtown Holiday Ride in Biddeford and Saco and the Holiday Trail of Lights in the Kennebunk area. People can stay in the warmth and comfort of their cars instead of walking among throngs of others to view the merriment, which is not prudent while COVID-19 is still with us.

Many of southern Maine’s annual holiday activities will continue this year, but with safety changes. Some will be held virtually, others will be held outdoors or in ways that keep crowds small. You can also celebrate with annual holiday cultural events, like Portland Ballet’s “A Victorian Nutcracker” being shown on local TV this year or live, small-crowd performances of a “A Christmas Carol” at Portland Stage and The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth.

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