Northern Lights

Share the Wonder

November 18 to December 31, 2022
Freeport, Maine

Your wonderland awaits at Maine’s most anticipated winter celebration! From Santa and his reindeer to sparkling trees, skating and more, there’ll be magic in the air – and plenty of wonder to share – every single day, all winter long.

STORE DIRECTIONS

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.

Daily Activities

Holiday fun is always on the schedule

Free Skating & Skate Rentals

Discovery Park, 9 a.m.-8 p.m.

Rent a pair of free skates for a truly magical winter experience – surrounded by sparkling trees and holiday music right in the heart of Discovery Park! Weather dependent.

The Big Snow Globe

Outside Our Camping Atrium, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Step inside with your friends and family to capture an unforgettable holiday memory (don’t forget to share it with #BeanOutsider).

Twinkle Light Tunnel

Main Street

Enter our twinkle tunnel on Main Street and take a dazzling detour that will have you walking with wonder through thousands of festive lights.

Heated Benches

Brought to you by

Mastercard Logo

9 a.m.-8 p.m.

We saved you a seat (and kept it warm) with heated benches located around our skating rink and stage.

Our Famous Model Train Village

Camping Department, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Peek through the window – or come 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! Courtesy of the Maine3Railers.

Letters to Santa

Kids’ Department, 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.

Festive Photo Ops

Around the L.L.Bean Campus

The smiles never stop at our official photo op spots! Grab a pic in front of our Insta-worthy holiday art near the snow globe, behind the Skate Shack, or with our golden deer sculpture on Discovery Park stage, then show it off with #BeanOutsider.

“Holidays Around the World” Interactive Walk

Home Store Porch

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.

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Weekly Activities

Wonder is waiting for you seven days a week

Mondays

Free Boat & Tote Stenciling

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

Limited seating, registration required. Sign up through Eventbrite at llbean.eventbrite.com.

Tuesdays

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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 29 through December 22.

Free Paracord Crafts

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

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

Wednesdays

Free Custom Bean Boot Laces

Flagship Store Main Lobby, 10 a.m.-5 p.m

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

Holiday Kids’ Tent Tales

Camping Atrium, 6-8 p.m

Gather ‘round for a story about holiday traditions around the world. Kids will receive a related craft project to do at home.

Thursdays

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. Tuesdays and Thursdays, November 29 through December 22.

Fridays-Sundays

Santa’s Back in Town!

Kids’ Department | Nov. 18-Dec. 18
Fridays, 4-8 p.m.
Sat. & Sun., Noon-6 p.m.

FREE Hot Cocoa Bar

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

Special Holiday Events

So many ways to celebrate the season

Northern Lights Opening Night & Tree Lighting

Friday, November 18, starting at 4 p.m.

The brightest day of the season is back on campus!

Northern Lights Opening Night & Tree Lighting

Friday, November 18, starting at 4 p.m.

The brightest day of the season is back on campus!

4-9 p.m.

Celebrate the start of Northern Lights with Santa visits, real reindeer, free hot cocoa, outdoor photo ops, and so much more!

6:45 p.m.

The countdown is on! Join our holiday emcees, News Center Maine, in Discovery Park as we flip the switch on thousands of festive lights.

5-8 p.m.

Enjoy live holiday music as you explore our winter wonderland.

29th Annual Sparkle Celebration in Freeport

December 2-11

Hosted by Visit Freeport, the festivities kick off at 6 p.m. on Friday, December 2, 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!

For more information: sparklecelebration.com

L.L.Bean Home for the Holidays Event

Saturday, November 26, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Join us for a unique holiday shopping experience! Our Home Store will be highlighting their favorite gift-giving ideas, along with fun activities, demos and food samples. You’ll be sure to find something special for everyone on your list.

“KidNight” New Year’s Eve Celebration

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

Ring in the new year early with our annual event, a favorite with families. We’ll have fun activities and entertainment all day, ending with a surprise sendoff – all before bedtime!

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