2017 Schedule

December 1-3, 2017

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 download the event brochure.

EVENTS ALL WEEKEND

Freeport’s Famous Talking Christmas Tree
Bet you’ve never had a conversation with a talking Christmas Tree before!
FRI 6:30pm to 8pm | SAT 10am to 4pm | SUN 10am to 4pm | On the corner of Main and Bow St.

Holiday Decorating Contest
Stroll through Freeport village and experience the great displays! Vote for your favorite at facebook.com/freeportusa.
FRI, SAT, SUN | ALL DAY | Freeport Village

Discovery Forest at L.L.Bean
Follow the path through the enchanting forest with over 600 trees sourced from Maine & covered in twinkling white lights.
FRI, SAT, SUN  | ALL DAY | Discovery Park at L.L.Bean

Discovery Forest’s NEW Warming Hut
Follow the path through our enchanting forest with over 600 trees covered in twinkling lights. Come into our festive 30-foot yurt and warm up—you’ll find a letter-writing station and a mailbox that delivers directly to the North Pole.
FRI, SAT, SUN | 9am to 9pm | Discovery Park at L.L.Bean

Model Train Village at L.L.Bean
Check out the idyllic model railway created for us by the Boothbay Railway Village, and see if you can spot the one
extra-special train headed for the North Pole.
FRI, SAT, SUN | 9am to 9pm | Kid’s Department, L.L.Bean Flagship Store

Holiday Treats at Sherman’s Books & Stationery
Serving delicious cookies, candy canes & cider all weekend!
FRI, SAT, SUN | 9am to 6pm | 128 Main St.

Donuts and Deals at Clarks
Serving up complimentary donuts and 25% off at Clarks! Some exclusions apply, see store for details.
FRI, SAT, SUN | 10am to 7pm, 6pm on SUN | 47 Main St.

Free Mulled Cider at SKORDO
Enjoy a free cup of mulled apple cider while you browse between 2pm and 4pm Friday through Sunday! Make a purchase any time over the weekend and be entered to win one of our Original 20-Count Test Tube Racks filled with freshly ground spices and herbs (a $135 value).
FRI, SAT, SUN | 2pm to 4pm | 15 Main St.

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 the WFCP Band, 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.
FRI 7:30pm, SAT 7:30pm, SUN 2pm | Freeport Performing Arts Center on Holbrook St. | $12 – $15

NEW Maine-Crafted Gifts Pop-Up at L.L.Bean
Shop locally made gifts, with different artisans every weekend.
SAT & SUN | 10am to 4pm | Main St. Patio, Outside of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store

Free Tastings at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware
Nordicware bundt cakes to be sampled with a drawing for a free bundt pan. Demo of Capresso frothers and free hot chocolate made in the frother.
SAT & SUN | Hours TBD5 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

FREE Visits with Santa & His Reindeer at L.L.Bean
The perfect time for kids to share what’s on their list! Snap a photo with the jolly old elf. Plus, Santa’s arrival wouldn’t be complete without his reindeer. Look for them just outside the red barn.
SAT & SUN | 11am-5pm | Discovery Park at L.L.Bean

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 | 2pm – 6pm | 100 Main St.

Free Old-Fashioned Horse Drawn Wagon Rides
A wonderful way to spend time outdoors with family and friends.
Take a break from shopping, see the light displays and explore the
village at a slower pace. Last ride leaves at 7 p.m.
SAT & SUN |3pm – 7pm | Main St. in front of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 1

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.
6:00pm | Main Street from Maple Ave. to  Grove St.

Free Cookies and Hot Cocoa at Freeport Community Services
After the parade, stop by Freeport Community Services to warm up and enjoy complimentary cookies and hot cocoa!
6:30pm | 53 Depot St.

FREE Visits with Santa & His Reindeer at L.L.Bean
The perfect time for kids to share what’s on their list! Snap a photo with the jolly old elf. Plus, Santa’s arrival wouldn’t be complete without his reindeer. Look for them just outside the red barn.
6:30pm – 8:00pm | Discovery Park at L.L.Bean

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2

Night Tree hosted by Wolfe’s Neck Center
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.
9:00am – 2:00pm | Wolfe’s Neck Center | 184 Burnett Road

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 $27 per house. 207.865.4071
9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm or 4pm | 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 Freeport Community Services Backpack Program.
10am | Nordica Theatre at Freeport Village Station

Three Little Words Paper Artisans Pop-Up at L.L.Bean
Handmade stationery for events and celebrations.
10am to 4pm | Main St. Patio, Outside of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store

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

Story Time & Crafts at L.L.Bean
Meet us for a new book reading followed by a fun project every week.
10:30am – 2:00pm | Kid’s Department in the Flagship Store

Festive Music at L.L.Bean
Enjoy a variety of live performances as we celebrate the season.
11am and 1pm | Main Street Lobby in L.L.Bean

SOLD OUT FreeportUSA’s Sparkle Express on the Amtrak Downeaster – Tickets to be released on Friday, November 3 at 10am. $25pp, no tickets needed for babies in laps. For more information on the  new and exciting details of the 2017 Sparkle Express Train Adventure, please view the Sparkle Express Tickets page.
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 to Portland with L.L.Bear and Santa’s elves! Arrive in the festively decorated Portland Terminal to meet Mrs. Claus, and enjoy yummy treats, carolers, photo opps 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.
Train leaves for Portland at 11:18am, estimated to return to Freeport at 1:25pm | Train & Information Center, 23 Depot St.

26th 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 on Holbrook St. | Free Admission

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 3

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 9am |  Race at 10 am |  Mast Landing School

Port Living Co. Pop-Up at L.L.Bean
Kitchen & home essentials in small batch concrete.
10am to 4pm | Main St. Patio, Outside of the L.L.Bean Flagship Store

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.