Tickets and Information for the 2017 Sparkle Express Train Adventure

Sparkle Express Train Adventure
Saturday, December 2, 2017
Train leaves for Portland at 11:18am, estimated to return to Freeport at 1:25pm
Train & Information Center, 23 Depot St.
207-865-1212 or info@freeportusa.com

SOLD OUT $25pp, no tickets needed for babies in laps. 

We will have a wait list in the event a ticket holder requests a refund. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@freeportusa.com with your name, the number of tickets you need, and the best way to reach you.

We have some new and exciting changes in store for the 2017 Sparkle Express Train Adventure! Please read the following carefully. 

FreeportUSA and the Amtrak Downeaster join forces to offer one of the season’s most cherished events! 

Take your family on a magical journey aboard the Amtrak Downeaster! Ride the train on Saturday, December 2 to Portland with L.L.Bear and Santa’s elves! Arrive in the festively decorated Portland Trainway to meet Mrs. Claus, and enjoy yummy treats, carolers, photo ops and more! A short time later, Santa pulls up in his magically decorated train to ride back to Sparkle Celebration with you! All passengers receive a commemorative Sparkle Express bookmark in the shape of a golden ticket.

Important information and frequently asked questions: 

  • There is a limited number of wheelchair spaces available, please call us directly at 207-865-1212 to reserve a space for a wheelchair.
  • Boarding for the Sparkle Express begins at 11:18am in Freeport. Please plan to arrive 30 minutes early to check in outside the Freeport Train Station, and to receive your golden ticket to board the train. Please note times may be slightly delayed by weather/traffic/train delays etc.
  • We recommend you leave your stroller in the car.
  • Seats on the train are in sets of two or four, please note that while this is a general admission event, members of your party may be seated in the row behind or in front of you.
  • No refunds for late arrivals
  • This is a regularly scheduled train, but all Sparkle Express passengers to Portland will be in three reserved cars.
  • The Sparkle Express will take passengers to Portland for a quick holiday party! L.L.Bear and Santa’s elves will be on board to hand out candy canes to passengers on the way to Portland.
  • The train will arrive to the Portland Terminal at 12:10pm. Sparkle Express group passengers will enter into a professionally decorated, enclosed area to enjoy holiday treats, carolers and photo ops. Mrs. Claus will be there too!
  • At 12:45pm, passengers will prepare to board Santa’s train back to Sparkle Celebration in Freeport.
  • Santa’s train to Sparkle Celebration departs Portland at 1:00pm.
  • The Sparkle Express arrives back in Freeport at 1:30pm.
  • Dress for cold weather. The line to board in Freeport is outdoors, and the Trainway is enclosed but not heated.
  • One ticket per person. No ticket necessary for babies held in parents arms.
  • All parking lots in Freeport are free. Free garage parking is located across the street from the Freeport Train and Information Center.
  • Eventbrite will require you to enter all the names in your party. Per federal regulation, we must provide Amtrak with a full list of Sparkle Express passengers. Please call us directly at 207-865-1212 before Dec 2 to update any names in your group. Please do not wait until the day of the event as we will not be available by phone or email.
  • This event usually sells out in 24 hours. We will have a wait list in the event a ticket holder requests a refund. If you would like to be added to the waitlist, please email info@freeportusa.com with your name, the number of tickets you need, and the best way to reach you.