Welcome to Gardiner, Maine – a genuine community where a charming and historic downtown frames a vibrant and eclectic entrepreneurial business culture

Gardiner’s thriving downtown and historic district are listed in the National Register of Historic Places. It’s a must-see stop for history lovers on their way to Acadia National Park or further “Downeast,” providing an inspiring glimpse into the golden industrial era in Maine.

Combine the living history of downtown Gardiner with our sparkling waterfront, distinctive eateries and unique shops, and you’ll see why our little city is such a completely wonderful place to visit and experience our rich and varied heritage… not to mention an ideal place to live and to do business.

Gardiner is right in the middle of everything, directly off Interstates 95 and 295, and not far from Maine’s glorious mid-coast – an advantageous central location with easy access to the bulk of Maine’s year-round population plus all points south to Boston and New York, north to Canada.

On this website you’ll find out all about our colorful community, our fascinating heritage tourism opportunities, our considerable economic advantages, and the spirit and people behind the Gardiner Main Street Program. Welcome!


Holiday Shopping

Shop Local at Destination Downtown Gardiner

This holiday season, make it a day excursion and visit downtown Gardiner for your holiday shopping and experience the unique shops, thriving food and craft brew scene, arts and entertainment.


Upcoming Events

Gardiner Days of Light Celebration

A whole month of holiday celebration kicking off on Friday, December 1st with our annual Downtown Tree Lighting with Santa lighting the way to the North Pole, Johnson Hall’s Festival of Trees starting at 12pm until 8pm and the highly anticipated Gardiner Artwalk 5:30-8:30pm. Stop by SpinOff Studios for their annual Cookie Walk and fill a container with delicious cookies, all proceeds benefit their organization, 252 Water St. 5:30 to 8pm.

Then Saturday, December 2nd is our magical Parade of Lights starting at 4:30pm along beautiful and historic Water Street.

Visit Santa and Mrs. Claus after the parade. Santa will be at Johnson Hall on the 3rd Floor (entrance is on Mechanic Street).

Hear favorite stories of Mrs. Claus for a Storytime hosted by Monkitree located at 263 Water Street starting at 5pm.

There’s so much more events and happenings this holiday, make Downtown Gardiner Your Destination this merry season.



 Early Bird Shopping 

Saturday, November 4th, 2017

Historic Downtown Gardiner


The annual Early Bird Sale was created by Reny’s and has been rapidly increasing in popularity throughout Maine. It has grown into a day that rivals Black Friday in some locations including Gardiner.

The early bird gets the deal in Gardiner as our downtown merchants kick off the holiday shopping season. Several Gardiner businesses will join Renys for this annual savings spectacular. The deals are still coming in, so check out our website for a complete list of events and offers from participating businesses. With deals on everything from clothing to fresh cuts of meat there’s something for everyone, yourself included.


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  • Small Business Saturday

    Shop Small Saturday! Join us on Saturday November 25th for our Downtown Open House to celebrate #shopsmall Saturday

  • Gardiner – Parade of Lights

    Join us for a beautiful evening parade on Saturday, December 2nd, 2017, starts at 4:30pm for Gardiner’s Parade of Lights. To participate in the parade, click the title for more information and to access the registration form.

  • Gardiner Days of Light 2017

    Celebrate the holiday spirit with Gardiner businesses and community members in our month-long celebration. Downtown Tree Lighting 12/1, Holiday Artwalk 5:30-8:30pm, The Annual Parade of Lights 12/2 and Visit Santa after the parade inside Johnson Hall, Holiday Shopping, and much more!