2017 Schedule TBD

Check back later for 2017 events! Sparkle Express tickets are announced to FreeportUSA Facebook followers first!

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 a Sparkle Express Train Adventure, free horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, a talking Christmas Tree and much more!

CLICK HERE TO VIEW THE 2016 EVENT BROCHURE. 

2016 EVENTS 

ALL WEEKEND

Freeport’s Famous Talking Christmas Tree
Bet you’ve never had a conversation with a talking Christmas Tree before!
FRIDAY 6:30 pm to 8 pm | SATURDAY 10 am to 4 pm | SUNDAY 10 am to 4 pm
On the corner of Main and Bow St.
Sponsored by Bath Savings Institution, The Walking Company, Linda Bean’s Maine Kitchen and Topside Tavern, Davey Tree

Holiday Decorating Contest
Stroll through Freeport village and experience the great displays!
FRI, SAT, SUN | ALL DAY | Freeport Village

Discovery Forest at L.L.Bean
Follow the path through the new enchanting forest with over 400 trees sourced from Maine & covered in twinkling white lights.
FRI, SAT, SUN  | ALL DAY | Discovery Park

Night Sky Dome at L.L.Bean
Prepare to be amazed by the brand-new Aurora Borealis experience, projected on the ceiling of our cool geodesic dome.
FRI, SAT, SUN  | 9 am to 9 pm | DISCOVERY PARK

Model Train Village at L.L.Bean
Discover an idyllic model train village and look out for one extra-special train headed for the North Pole. Created by the Boothbay Railway Village.
FRI, SAT, SUN | 9 am to 9 pm | KIDS’ DEPARTMENT, FLAGSHIP STORE

Open House at Sashay’s
Sparkling wine served all weekend. And, “Draw Your Discount.” Reach into a bowl and blindly pick your discount as you cash out. Discounts will range from 10% to 40% off entire purchase.
FRI, SAT, SUN | 10 am – 6 pm | 116 Main St

Free Tastings at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware
Several samplings and tastings of various products. Free cider, hot chocolate and cookies for children. While supplies lasts.
SAT & SUN | 10 am – 6pm5 Depot St #11

British Goods Tasting at Bridgham and Cook.
Serving teas and assorted biscuits, scones and other holiday favorites from the the UK.
SAT & SUN | 10am-1pm | 123 Main St, Freeport, ME 04032

Visits with Santa in the Reindeer Barn at L.L.Bean
Have the kids bring their lists for Santa and snap a photo to share with family & friends – free! Plus, see real Maine reindeer.
SAT & SUN | 11am to 5 pm| DISCOVERY PARK

Complimentary Gift Wrapping at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware
All Proceeds benefit the Costal Humane Society 
SAT & SUN | 12pm – 5pm |  5 Depot St

Gift Wrapping at Tommy Hilfiger
Come in with any gift purchased, for their Pets for Vets Gift Wrapping Fundraiser, 100% of proceeds donated.
SAT & SUN | 12pm – 4pm

Frosty’s Donuts SPRINKLE Fest
Holiday donut decorating from 2pm-4pm. Families can come in and decorate both reindeer and snowman themed donuts.  Also offering free gift wrapping with purchase!
SAT & SUN | 2pm – 4pm45 Main St.

Free Old-Fashioned Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
Take a break from holiday shopping and explore the village at a slower pace.  It’s a great way for you and your family to view the lights while experiencing an old time tradition.
SAT, & SUN |3 pm – 7 pm | Main St. in front of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store

The Freeport Players present WFCP Home Time Radio Hour
The 1960′s are back! You asked for it…the WFCP ensemble returns to the “studio” at Freeport Performing Arts Center for another great show of live music, comedy sketches, and more. The players are joined by musicians Rob Babson (Delta Knights, WFCP Orchestra) and friends, backing our singers on great ’60s rock, soul, folk and country. This year’s show features all-new sketches, and, of course, the Sound Effects Ladies.
FRIDAY 7:30 pm,  SATURDAY 7:30 pm, SUNDAY 2pm | Freeport Performing Arts Center | $10 – $15

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2

Rustic Arrow – Complimentary Gift Wrapping
Shop at Rustic Arrow, Freeport’s contemporary, free-spirited boutique with amazing gift ideas and enjoy complimentary gift wrapping!
10:00 am – 6:30 pm | 25 Bow St.

Parade of Lights - RAIN OR SHINE!
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.
6:00 pm | Main Street from Maple Ave. to  Grove St.
Sponsored by L.L.BeanAmtrak DowneasterCoffee By Design, The Harraseeket Inn

Visits with Santa in the Reindeer Barn at L.L.Bean
Have the kids bring their lists for Santa and snap a photo to share with family & friends – free! Plus, see real Maine reindeer.
6:30 pm | DISCOVERY PARK

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3

Night Tree hosted by Wolfe’s Neck Farm
A holiday tradition for children, the Night Tree event is inspired by Eve Bunting’s book The Night Tree.  Her story is about a family that feeds the forest animals by making decorations for a special tree. Each hour during the day,  the story is read, and pinecones are decorated with birdseed and string popcorn, dried fruit and cranberries.  Once completed you take a short hike on the trails to leave these tasty treats in our woods for the animals.
9:00 am – 2:00 pm | Wolfe’s Neck Farm | Find out more.

Make Your Own Cozy Cottage at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
The popular Cozy Cottage has returned for another season! Bring your family to our factory to assemble and decorate a chocolate house! Make Wilbur’s part of your family traditions with this fantastic event.  You must call to reserve your time slot (choices below).  Seating is EXTREMELY limited this year so call early! Please have the number of people in your party ready when you call. Cost is $25 per house. 207.865.4071
9:30am, 11am, 1pm or 2:30pm | 174 Lower Main St.

Holiday Movie at the Nordica Theatre
Come to the Nordica Theatre for a special showing of the Polar Express! For admission to the movie  just bring a food donation with you for the food bank.
10 am | Nordica Theatre at Freeport Village Station

Kids’ Crafts with Julie Yeo at L.L.Bean
10 am -1 pm | Kids’ Department

American Bead Collection Trunk Show at R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers
Fun, specials, sales, new releases, refreshments and more!!
10 am – 6 pm | 13 Middle St #1

Food Sampling at L.L.Bean
10 am – 6 pm | L.L.Bean Home Store

Complimentary Gift Wrapping and Sale at Jill McGowan
20% off one item when you use the secret code ”Sparkle”.  
10 am – 6pm | 56 Main St

25th Annual 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 | Free Admission

Wine Tasting at Bow Street Market
Come taste these beautiful hard to find Sparkling wines available at Bow Street Market for the holidays. Wines from Martignetti Imports. Our featured sparkling this weekend, Sensi 18K Prosecco brut. Bring a friend and share a splash!
3pm-5:30pm | 79 Bow St

Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster  –  3pm & 4pm (the Sparkle Express has an estimated 30 min running time) 

Take your family on a magical journey aboard the Amtrak Downeaster!  

BUY TICKETS HERE!

Receive a commemorative Sparkle Express bookmark in the shape of a ticket, enjoy holiday music, candy canes, a reading of a holiday classic and best of all… meet SANTA! He loves to ride The Sparkle Express too!

  • No refunds for late arrivals
  • One ticket per person.  No ticket necessary for babies held in parents arms.
  • Here’s a helpful hint!  Tickets are released to our Facebook followers first!

Train & Information Center, 23 Depot St. By the Train Station from 2pm – 5pm there will be a magical snow tent, fun photo ops, treats and holiday music! Free and open to the public.
Sponsored by Amtrak DowneasterHeadlight Audio Visual, L.L.Bean, Coffee By Design, Harraseeket Inn

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 4

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! Register now!
Registration at 9 am |  Race at 10 am |  Mast Landing School

Kids’ Face Painting by Art Van at L.L.Bean
10 am -1 pm | Kids’ Department

Food Sampling at L.L.Bean
10 am – 6 pm | L.L.Bean Home Store
High School Chorus
11 am and 1 pm | Main Street Lobby
Complimentary Gift Wrapping and Sale at Jill McGowan
20% off one item when you use the secret code ”Sparkle”.  As well as complimentary gift wrapping.
11 am – 5pm | 56 Main St
Meet Santa at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your little ones to Wilbur’s for a nice QUIET, stress-free visit with Santa! Don’t battle the malls, come down to the edge of town for a quick sit on Santa’s lap! As always this event is FREE and photos are encouraged.
2pm – 4pm | 174 Lower Main St.