A whimsical illustration of the outdoors in winter, with a lit skating rink in the middle.


Northern Lights


Northern Lights

November 22 to December 31, 2021
Freeport, Maine

An unforgettable holiday experience is one of the best gifts you can give. So we’re turning our Freeport campus into a winter wonderland where you can play, shop and be merry together. Because giving is an act of joy, and joy is best when it’s shared.


L.L.Bean and our partners are committed to keeping everyone healthy and safe, including following federal CDC and state guidelines during all Northern Light events and activities.

Free & Festive, All Season Long

Come for the Shopping. Stay for the Sparkle.

Free Skating in Discovery Park

Daily, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Rent a pair of free skates and take a spin around our new rink, surrounded by twinkling trees and holiday music, right in the heart of Discovery Park! Weather dependent. No skating during special performances.

Our Famous Model Train Village

Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Peek into our Camping Department window – or watch from inside the store – to take a magical trip through an idyllic New England village. See if you can spot the one special train headed for the North Pole!

Life-Size Snow Globe

Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

One of your favorite photo ops is back, located just outside our Camping Atrium. Step inside with your friends and family to capture an unforgettable holiday memory (and don’t forget to tag it with #BeanOutsider).

Letters to Santa

Through December 23

What are you wishing for this year? Kids can mail their letters to Santa himself, delivered directly to the North Pole via the big red mailbox located in our Kids’ Department.

Twinkle Light Tunnel

The holiday magic extends all the way to Main Street, where you can take a dazzling detour through a twinkle tunnel that envelops you in thousands of festive lights.

Whimsical Windows

Something special is happening in the windows of our Hunting & Fishing store! Look through the glass to discover awe-inspiring displays of gingerbread architecture, brought to you by Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections.

Heated Benches

Presented by

An illustration of 2 children making a snowman, and wrapped gift at the snowman's feet.

Daily, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Whether you want to take in the festive scene or just take a break from all the action, we saved you a seat (and kept it warm) by placing heated benches around the skating rink in Discovery Park.

“Holidays Around the World” Interactive Walk

Head out on an interactive journey to see how other countries and cultures celebrate their most important holidays. Stop at each trailmarker and scan the codes to learn something new on this fun, engaging and educational walk.

Weekly Activities

Fun Is Always on the Schedule at L.L.Bean


Free Boat & Tote Stenciling

Flagship Lower Level (Coffee by Design), 6-8 p.m.

Limited seating, registration required. Get more details and sign up at llbean.eventbrite.com.


Free Paracord Crafts

Flagship Store Main Lobby, 6-8 p.m.

Ornaments, keychains and more. Our craftiest Retail Guides will lead you in fun holiday-themed projects using rugged paracord.


Free Custom Bean Boot Laces and Embossing

Men’s & Women’s Footwear Departments, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

We’ll customize your kicks with colorful laces or embossed initials. Bring your own Bean Boots or purchase a new pair. Limit one per customer.


Meet Santa’s Reindeer

Puffin Park, 4-7 p.m.

Say hello to Santa’s real reindeer – visiting L.L.Bean from the North Pole on Thursdays in December (excluding 12/30).


Curling Demos

Discovery Park Skating Rink, 10 a.m-Noon

We’ve invited curling experts to show off this unique winter sport; spectators might even get a chance to try it themselves.

Plus, warm up with a FREE hot cocoa on us!

Free Hot Cocoa Bar

Discovery Park
Fridays, 4-8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., Noon-6 p.m.

Special Holiday Events

More Festive Ways to Celebrate the Season

Sparkle Weekend in Freeport

December 3-12

Each year, Visit Freeport presents one of Maine’s most popular holiday celebrations. The festivities kick off December 3 with a Parade of Lights down Main Street, and continue all week with Santa visits, gift card giveaways with the Stealth Elf, the famous Talking Christmas Tree, and much more!

Visit sparklecelebration.com for more information.

Maine Makers Home Store Event

Saturday, December 4, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us for a unique holiday shopping experience at the L.L.Bean Home Store. We’ll be highlighting Maine-made products, along with fun activities, demos and food samples. You’ll be sure to find something special (and local!) for everyone on your list.

“KidNight” New Year’s Eve Celebration

Friday, December 31, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., in Discovery Park

Ring in the new year early with this family-favorite event, with fun activities and entertainment all day – all before bedtime!

11 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Jason Tardy: High-Energy Juggling & Comedy

An exhilarating mix of dynamic juggling and fearless physical comedy for all ages. 30-minute performances.

Noon & 3 p.m.

You Should Smile More: Improv Comedy

This all-female troupe’s show will treat you to a little music, a little improv, and a bunch of laughs. 30-minute performances.

2 p.m. & 4 p.m.

Fred Garbo Inflatable Theater: Juggling and Circus Arts

Join Fred Garbo and his imaginative inflatables in a whimsical display of artistic foolishness. He’s accompanied by Sierra Rhoades and Kevin Flanagan, and their unique feats of circus arts. 30-minute performances.

5-6 p.m.

Countdown to KidNight: Free Concert with Plush

Dance until the stroke of KidNight with Plush, New England’s premier 10-piece party band.

6 p.m.


Happy New Year! We’re putting on a spectacular fireworks display to end the celebration with a bang.

Plus, sip free hot cocoa, take a spin around our skating rink, and snap festive photos in our life-size snow globe.


Share your best smiles and stories from Northern Lights.