FreeportUSA presents one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. The weekend kicks off Friday night with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and the fun continues all weekend with these great events! For more information visit sparklecelebration.com
Events All Weekend
Winter Sports Event - Get ready for outdoor winter fun by checking out the great selection of skis, snowshoes, sleds and more!
FRI, SAT & SUN L.L.Bean Campus
The WFCP Home Time Radio Hour - The Freeport Players present a tribute to the golden age of radio. Songs and classic comedy from the 1940s – 1960s. FMI & Tix: fcponline.org
FRI 7:30, SAT 7:30, & SUN 2pm Freeport Performing Arts Center
Musical Holiday Light Show - Over 25,000 colored lights that are synchronized with holiday tunes
FRI, SAT & SUN 5pm to 9pm L.L.Bean Campus
Fun Holiday Photo Opportunities - Bring your camera and preserve holiday memories with a festive photo in front of unique backdrops. Share them on Facebook and Twitter so your friends and family can join in the fun!
FRI, SAT & SUN L.L.Bean Campus
Free Holiday Movie – The Polar Express
Bring the whole family to enjoy the Christmas Classic, The Polar Express. Donations of canned goods or $$ accepted to benefit the Freeport Community Services Food Pantry.
SAT & SUN 10am Nordica Theatre
Sponsored by the Nordica Theatre
Free Old-Fashioned Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
SAT & SUN 1pm to7pm
Main St. in front of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store
Freeport’s Famous Talking Christmas Tree
Bet you’ve never had a conversation with a talking Christmas Tree before!
Friday 6:30pm to 8pm, Saturday 10am to 4pm, Sunday 10am to 4pm
On the corner of Main and Bow St.
Sponsored by Davey Tree, Sea Bags and Brown Goldsmiths
Friday December 6
Parade of Lights 6pm
See Main St. come alive with twinkling lights and song. Concludes with Santa bringing Freeport’s Talking Christmas Tree to life! Click here if your local group or business is interested in applying to participate in the parade.
Sponsored by L.L.Bean
Visits with Santa 6:30pm to 8pm
Santa is coming to L.L.Bean! He’ll be hanging out with his good friend L.L.Bear so get your list ready and be on your best behavior! After your chat with Santa, enjoy some free hot cocoa courtesy of Coffee By Design!
L.L.Bean Main Street Patio
Saturday December 7
Holiday Ornaments & Craft Projects - Kids can create one-of-a-kind works of art with Maine artist Julie Yeo.
10am to 12pm. L.L.Bean Flagship Store, Kids Dept
Holiday Music with Local Students - Students from the Sounds of Silence program will perform holiday songs in American Sign Language
11am. L.L.Bean Flagship Store
Meet Real Sled Dogs - Meet local sled dogs from Blockhouse Pursuits Dogsled Adventures
11am – 3pm. L.L.Bean Discovery Park
Holiday Caroling - Enjoy traditional holiday favorites performed by area choral group Zipline
11:30am to 1pm & 2pm to 3:30pm L.L.Bean Campus
Worldwide Tuba Concert - An annual music concert in cities worldwide that celebrates those who play, teach and compose music for instruments in the tuba family.
2pm. Freeport Performing Arts Center
Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster - SOLD OUT. Take your family on a magical journey aboard the Amtrak Downeaster! This round trip adventure from Freeport to Brunswick includes a reading of The Polar Express by Chris Van Allsburg by a real train conductor! Bring your own copy of this Christmas classic to follow along or pick one up at Sherman’s Bookstore in Freeport! Beautiful Polar Express Bells are available at The Wishful Moon, just a few doors down from Sherman’s at 12 School St!
Receive a commemorative Sparkle Express bookmark in the shape of a ticket, enjoy holiday caroling, candy canes and best of all… meet SANTA! He loves to ride The Sparkle Express too!
- Boarding begins at 2pm for 2:15 train
- The train leaves Freeport promptly at 2:15 and returns to the Freeport station at 2:45
- Boarding begins at 3pm for 3:15 train
- The train leaves Freeport promptly at 3:15 and returns to the Freeport station at 3:45
- No refunds for late arrivals
- One ticket per person. No ticket necessary for babies held in parents arms.
Tickets and more info available online, $5pp.
Train & Information Center, 23 Depot St.
Sponsored by Amtrak Downeaster, Ben & Jerry’s, Earrings & Company, The Wishful Moon, The Hilton Garden Inn, Cuddledown, 1912 Cafe, Coffee By Design, Econo Lodge, Lindt Chocolate and Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen & Topside Tavern.
Sunday December 8
Jingle Bell Run/Walk - Chosen as one of the Most Incredible Themed Races, Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis is a fun and festive way to kick off your holidays by helping others!
Registration 9am. Race at 10am. Freeport High School
Kids Face Painting - Artists from Art Van will be on hand to decorate little faces with special holiday designs.
11am to 3pm. L.L.Bean Flagship Store, Kids Dept.
“A Christmas Carol” Presented by The Odd Company - Enjoy a short, comedic version of this Dickens classic, filled with lively music and entertainment.
1pm to 3pm. L.L.Bean Campus
Visits with Santa - Get your list and make sure you’ve been nice!
2pm to 4pm. Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Factory
Friday, December 6 - Sunday, December 8