2019 Schedule

Visit Freeport 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 week with a new Sparkle Marketfree horse drawn wagon rides, visits with Santa, our Talking Christmas Tree and much more!

Download a Sparkle Celebration event brochure to print. 

December 6-15, 2019 – Check back as we update the schedule!

SIGNATURE EVENTS 

Visit Freeport’s Parade of Lights
FRI 12/6, 6pm | Main St. from Maple Ave. to Grove St.
RAIN OR SHINE! See Main St. come alive with twinkling lights & song. Concludes with Santa bringing Visit Freeport’s Talking Christmas Tree to life! Click here to enter your group or business in the parade.

Visit Freeport’s Famous Talking Christmas Tree
FRI 12/6, 6:30pm – 8pm | SAT 12/7 & 12/14, 10am – 4pm | SUN 12/8 & 12/15, 10am – 4pm | Corner of Main & Bow St.
The joyful spirit of the holidays brings our Christmas Tree to life! See the wonder on children’s faces as they chat with our twinkling tree. Our heartfelt thanks to the Reaves family for their beautiful Balsam Fir.

Visit Freeport’s Holiday Decorating Contest
ALL DAY, EVERY DAY | Town-Wide
Experience the great displays & vote for your favorite at facebook.com/freeportmaine!

Visit Freeport’s Stealth Elf 
MON 12/9 – FRI 12/13| Town-Wide
New for 2019! Some of Santa’s elves are coming to town to find jolly shoppers and reward them with gift cards from Freeport businesses! Each lucky shopper will be photographed with the gift card & elf (of course!) and the pictures will be featured on Visit Freeport’s Facebook page.

Visit Freeport’s Sparkle Market 
SAT 12/14, 10am-5pm | SUN 12/15, 10am-4pm | Inside 42-46 Main St. and in the historic Bartol Library at 55 Main St. 
New for 2019! Featuring nearly four dozen Maine artists and makers offering gifts perfect for giving this holiday season. The Sparkle Market will also feature craft stations, story times and other things for the kids as well as a convenient gift wrapping station.

REPEATING EVENTS

L.L.Bean’s Northern Lights Celebration
DAILY  9am-9pm | Discovery Park & the inside the Flagship Store, 95 Main St.
Visit the L.L.Bean campus to explore the twinkling lights of the Discovery Forest, get cozy in the Warming Hut, go on The Holiday Plaid-venture and earn a prize, rekindle childhood memories or make new ones at the Model Train Village, step inside the giant one-of-a-kind snow globe for a photo op, or following the WinterKids StoryWalk through the enchanted forest with your entire family.

Free Gift at Grand Gourmet
DAILY 10am-5pm | 32 Main St., facing Grove St.
Stop in and purchase some unique food products from around the world. Maybe a Balsamic Vinegar from Modena would do the trick or as a treat, one of our 7 rarest salts in the world. We have a great selection of handmade pewter kitchen products and a beautiful selection of Belleek China from Ireland including 3 different Nativity sets. Every sale of $25 or more receives a special gift of your choice.

Thos. Moser Ornament Auction
DAILY 10 – 5 MON – SAT, 12 – 5 SUN | 12/6-12/20 | 149 Main Street
To celebrate the spirit of the season, Thos. Moser is hosting their first ever ornament auction. They’ve challenged their craftsmen to create their own version of a holiday ornament made from wood using the same woodworking techniques found in their furniture. The ornaments will be available to view and bid on in a silent auction in the Freeport showroom beginning on December 6th with 50% of proceeds going to Toys for Tots and 50% to the individual maker. Auction closes on December 20th.

Freeport Community Services Thrift Shop Holiday Sale
THU 12/5 & FRI 12/6 | 53 Depot Street
The sale includes Christmas decor, boutique items (purses, shoes, clothing) and fine jewelry.

Free Gift Wrapping & Gift with Purchase at Rustic Arrow
FRI 12/6 & SAT 12/7, 10am-8pm | SUN 12/8, 10am-6pm | 116 Main St
Free gift wrapping all weekend and a free gift (candle) for purchases over $100 while supplies last!

Free Mulled Apple Cider at SKORDO
FRI 12/6 & 12/13 |SAT 12/7 & 12/14 | SUN 12/8 & 12/15  | 10am-5pm | 32 Main Street
Explore holiday gifts ranging from spice sets and local linens to infused maple syrup and recipe kits. Happy gifting!

Maine Viewpoints: Contemporary Photography and Painting at Thos Moser Furniture Showroom & Art Gallery
DAILY 12pm-5pm | 149 Main St.
Featuring photography by: Gifford Ewing, Nina Fuller, Lynn Karlin and more. Featuring paintings by: Linda Bail, Matt Barter, Philip Barter, Kristine Biegel, Richard Blanchard, and more. Wood assemblage sculpture by Andre’ Benoit.

Afternoon Tea at Harraseekett Inn
MON-SAT 3:30pm – 4:30pm | SUN 4pm – 5:00pm | 162 Main St.
Enjoy a restorative cup of Earl Grey, Japanese Green, or one of many offered herbal and Maine-grown teas, along with a tantalizing selection of home-baked pastries and cookies, tea sandwiches, fresh fruits and artisan cheeses.  Afternoon tea is $11.99 per person. (Or included with your room rate if you book your reservation directly with us.)

Make Your Own Cozy Cottage at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
FRI 12/6, 4pm & 5:30pm | SAT 12/7, 9:30am, 11am, 1pm, 2:30pm & 4pm | SUN, 12/8, 11am, 1pm & 2:30pm | 174 Lower Main St.
The popular Cozy Cottage has returned for another season! Bring your family to our factory to assemble & decorate a chocolate house! Registration and pre-payment is required. Please have the number of people in your party ready when you call. Cost is $27 per house. 207-865-4071

Happy Hour at EllieAnna Gift Shop
FRI 12/6 & 12/13, 4pm-6pm | 114 Main St.
Join us each Friday during Sparkle Celebration in the Freeport store for a complimentary glass of wine!! AND tell us you’re here for SPARKLE to get 20% off 1 item of your choice! A great way to unwind from a busy week & see what’s new in the store! Grab a few friends or come alone! 207-869-5288

Visit Santa & His Reindeer at L.L.Bean
FRI 12/6 & 12/13 4pm – 8pm | SAT 12/7 & 12/14 |SUN 12/8 & 12/15 | Noon-6pm | Discovery Park, 95 Main St. 
Enjoy a cup of complimentary hot cocoa after your visit to Santa’s post-and-beam workshop 

Holly Jolly Movie Night at L.L.Bean 
FRI 12/6 & 12/13, 7pm | Flagship Store Camping Atrium, 95 Main St.
Enjoy a different festive family favorite each Friday night.

Freeport Community Players – The Home Time Radio Hour 
FRI 12/6 & SAT 12/7, 7:30pm | SUN 12/8, 2:30pm | Freeport Performing Arts Center, 13 Holbrook St.
Radio Classics, tales and music. $10-20, reservations fcponline.org

Night Tree at Wolfe’s Neck Center
SAT 12/7 & 12/14Hourly 9am – 2pm | 184 Burnett Rd.
A holiday tradition inspired by Eve Bunting’s Night Tree. Read the story, decorate pine cones with birdseed, popcorn, & dried fruit, then take a short hike on the trails to leave these tasty treats in the woods for the animals. $5 per person, reservations online wolfesneckcenter.org 

Christmas Open House at EllieAnna Gift Shop
SAT 12/7 & 12/15, 10am-6pm | 114 Main St.
Wear Plaid for 10% all Christmas decor! All Leggings $10! 207-869-5288

Free Showing of The Polar Express at the Nordica Theatre
SAT 12/7 & 12/14, 10am | Freeport Village Station
A suggested donation of food items for the Freeport Community Services food pantry is appreciated.

British Goods Tasting at Bridgham & Cook.
SAT 12/7 & 12/14 | SUN 12/8 & 12/15 | 10am – 1pm | 123 Main St.
Serving teas & assorted biscuits, scones & other holiday favorites from the the UK.

Storytime & Kids’ Crafts at L.L.Bean
SAT 12/7 & 12/14, 10:30am-2pm | Flagship Store Kid’s Department, 95 Main St.  
Learn more llbean.com/freeport 

Free Horse Drawn Wagon Rides at L.L.Bean 
SAT 12/7 & 12/14| Sun 12/8 & 12/15 | 3pm-7pm |  95 Main Street
View the festive lights all along Main Street at a slower pace. Wagons depart regularly from in front of the Flagship Store. 

Paracord Bracelet Making with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs
SAT 12/7 & 12/14, 5pm-7pm | Flagship Store Kid’s Department, 95 Main St. 
Learn more llbean.com/freeport

Adventure Movie Night at L.L.Bean 
SAT 12/7 & 12/14, 7pm-8pm | Flagship Store Camping Atrium, 95 Main St.
Learn more llbean.com/freeport

Deck Out Your Bean Boots at L.L.Bean 
SUN 12/8 & 12/15, 9am-9pm | Flagship Store Footwear Department, 95 Main St.  
Free custom laces and embossing. Bring your own or purchase a new pair – one per customer. 

Family Adventure Walks with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs 
SUN 12/8 & 12/15, 10am
Find weekly locations and sign up at llbean.com/freeport

Complimentary Winter Skincare Consultations at The Cosmetics Company Store
FRI 12/6 – SUN 12/15, 10am-6pm | The Cosmetics Company Store, 42 Main Street

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 6

Holiday Tea at the Freeport Community Library 
1pm-2pm | 10 Library Drive 
Light refreshments, warm conversation, and pleasant company. Details at Freeportlibrary.com

Carol Ann Szafranski at R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers 
1pm-5pm | 13 Middle St.
Meet Maine artist and children’s book author/illustrator Carol Ann Szafranski. Enjoy her moose, penguins, puffins, polar bears, and lighthouses featured on cards, prints and books. Plus sales, specials, and refreshments.

Happy Hour at Buck’s Naked BBQ Steakhouse & Juke Joint
2pm-5pm | 568 US Rt 1

Happy Hour Specials at Petrillo’s
3:00pm – 6:00pm | 15 Depot St.
$4 house wine, $3 select drafts, $5 appetizers!

Toys for Tots Fundraiser at Stars & Stripes Brewing Company
5pm-8pm | 8 Varney Road
Bring a new unwrapped toy to donate, enjoy live music, complimentary snacks and great beer.

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

Memphis Lightning at Cadenza
7pm-9:30pm | 5 Depot St.
Their energetic performances will bring you back to the days when the juke joints were rockin’ and the Blues was King. So bring a friend, roll back the rug and get on the floor….Memphis Lightning is in the House. Tickets $12

SATURDAY, DECEMBER  7

Early Bird Sale at Freeport Wild Bird Supply
7:00am-10:00am | 541 US Route 1
Stop in early and shop for your favorite bird watcher with 25% off your entire purchase (excluding optics, seed, and sale items) plus complimentary coffee and treats

Mini Family Photo Sessions with Sharyn Peavey Photography
9:30am-3:30pm | Freeport Downtown
Your family photo shoot in the magical setting of Visit Freeport’s Sparkle Celebration! Schedule your 20 minute session at shayrnpeavey.com

American Bead Collection Trunk Show at R.D. Allen Freeport Jewelers
10am-6pm | 13 Middle Street
Fun, specials, sales, new releases, refreshments & more.

Crafternoon with Island Treasure Toys
10:30am-12:30pm | Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr.
Children ages 5 & up will be able to choose one of the awesome free craft projects provided by Island Treasure Toys. Details at Freeportlibrary.com

Ugly Sweater Party! 
12pm-3pm | Freeport Middle School, 19 Kendall Ln. 
Make your own ugly sweater in this free workshop sponsored by the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Freeport. Just bring an old sweater & your sense of humor, everything else provided! For kids age 11 – 17. Register rsu5cp.myrec.com

28th Annual Worldwide Tuba Concert
2pm | Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St.  
Free annual music concert in cities worldwide celebrating those who play, teach & compose music for instruments in the tuba family.

Pink Houses: Tribute to John Mellencamp at Cadenza
7:30pm-9:30pm | 5 Depot Street
Authentically reproducing the sound of Mellencamp’s roots Rock n Roll, Pink Houses brings a high energy show filled with all the familiar hits. Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8

Nails Now by Mel G Pop Up at Kate’s Cottage Collectibles
12pm-5pm | 15 Main St.
Get a jump start on your holiday shopping and join Nails Now by Mel G at Kate’s Cottage to try Color Street! Snacks, mimosas or wine (for those 21+) and holiday deals on beautiful handcrafted products.

Midcoast School of Music Fall Ensemble Showcase at Cadenza
4pm-7pm | 5 Depot St.
An exciting night of music featuring 9 different MSOM Ensembles including…Blues, Stevie Wonder, Jazz, Classic Rock, The Beatles, Modern Rock and much more! Tickets are $10.00 and are available at the door.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 9 

Boat and Tote Bag Painting at L.L.Bean
7pm-9pm | L.L.Bean Flagship Store
Two hour class with a guest artist. Take home your own custom L.L.Bean Tote. $49. Visit llbean.com/freeport to reserve. Spaces are limited.

TUESDAY,DECEMBER 10 

Holiday Archery Shoot at L.L.Bean 
6pm-7pm | Hunting & Fishing Store Archery Range, 95 Main St. 
Learn more llbean.com/freeport 

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11 

Special Holiday Guests at L.L.Bean 
5pm-9pm | L.L.Bean Campus Stores
You never know who might pop-in! Learn more llbean.com/freeport

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12

Pet Night at L.L.Bean
6pm-9pm | Discovery Park, 95 Main St.
Bring your best buddies for a special night out just for them! Learn more llbean.com/freeport

Fly Tying with L.L.Bean Outdoor Discovery Programs
7pm-8pm | Hunting & Fishing Store, 95 Main St.
Learn more llbean.com/freeport

Casco Bay Tummlers Holiday Show at Cadenza  
7pm-9pm | 5 Depot Street 
Eastern European Jewish party music and Yiddish folk songs. $12 in advance | $15 at the door

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 13

Stephanie Fogg Sings Susan Tedeschi at Cadenza
7:30pm-9:30pm | 5 Depot St.
It’s no secret that every Blues and Jazz artist on the scene today holds a special place in their heart for the music of Susan Tedeschi. Do not miss this rare opportunity to hear the incomparable Stephanie Fogg deliver her soulful take on this amazing set of songs. Sweet Forgiveness will rain down on upon all of us all! Tickets are $12.00 in advance and $15.00 at the door.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 14

Cookie Decorating at Casco Bay Cutlery & Kitchenware 
1pm-4pm | 5 Depot Street 
Learn how to decorate cookies using the Progressive deco bulb and Nordic Ware pans. $1.00 gift wrapping to benefit Midcoast Humane. Plus complimentary hot chocolate and coffee.

Make ‘n Take Hot/Cold Pack at Kate’s Cottage Collectibles
1pm-3pm | 15 Main St.
Choose your own pre-made fabric bag, then choose your filling. The choice of fillings are dried cherry pits, rice, flaxseed, crushed walnut shells, or corn. You can also add essential oils and dried herbs. You will have so much fun making your custom hot/cold pack, and want to make for everyone on your Christmas list. Cost of class is $15.00. Class is limited to 10 people. There will be snacks, tea, coffee, wine and lots of great smells!

Pat Colwell & The Soul Sensations – A Motown Christmas at Cadenza
7:30pm-9:30pm | 5 Depot Street 
Soulful versions of classic Christmas carols. $20 in advance | $25 at the door

SUNDAY, DECEMBER 15

Come Meet Santa at Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections
2pm-4pm | 174 Lower Main St.
Santa Claus is coming to town! Bring your littles 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!