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!


Upcoming Events

Small Business Saturday & Holiday Shopping

Pledge to support your local Saturday, November 25th, visit Gardiner businessess for promotional activities and deals. Plus visit our page to see the holiday deals!


Gardiner Days of Light Celebration

Festival of Trees, Johnson Hall, Friday, Dec. 1st, 12 to 8pm

Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony, Friday, Dec. 1st, 5 to 6 pm

Gardiner ArtWalk, Friday, Dec. 1st, 5:30 to 8:30pm

for more Holiday Celebrations visit Gardiner Days of Light Celebrations


paradeBe a part of this year’s Parade of Lights and usher in the holiday season!
The annual parade takes place on on Saturday, December 2nd. No registration fee. All schools, businesses, civic groups, teams, organizations, and community groups are encouraged to apply. Click to apply: Parade of Lights_Info & Registration.

A whole month of holiday celebration kicking off on Friday, December 1st with our annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony wit 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.

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.

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


Artist Talk & Reception

Tuesday, October 24th 5:30pm to 6:30pm


Downtown Trick or Treating

Friday, October 27th, 3 to 5 pm, Halloween Downtown Trick-or-Treat with our local downtown merchants.

Costume Contest in these categories: scariest, cutest, funniest, most creative, and best group costume! Returning this year is Ampersand Dance Academy with an eerie performance. Don’t miss out on the fun!



Facetime Social Networking

RESCHEDULED FOR: Wednesday, November 8t, hosted by Sebago Lake Distillery, 463 Water Street. Swine & Stein Volunteer Appreciation Party



 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!