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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude!

November 23, 2016 by englishmeadows

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Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude tree lighting

Once again it’s the most wonderful time of year!  Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is in its’ 35th year and shows no sign of slowing down.  Known for its beautiful seaside setting, winter is a highly anticipated time of year for Kennebunkport residents and visitors alike.   Christmas Prelude has been a “must do” holiday experience for thousands over the years and it’s clear why.  Like something out of a story book, Kennebunkport is a picturesque backdrop for such an occasion. Steeped in small town charm and an unparalleled commitment to community Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude was a recipe destined for the history books.  Since its inception in 1981, the tradition of Christmas Prelude has been the signature event celebrating the holidays in the Kennebunks for the past three and a half decades.  

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With such signature events as the tree lighting in Dock Square, to Sants arriving in what else, but a Lobster boat, Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude has something for everyone.  

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Still not convinced?  Just ask yourself; “when was the last time I went to a really good Hat Parade”?  That’s right, a Hat Parade.  Now in it’s 11th year this unique parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo is one of a kind.  Show off your handmade or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcome!  We know we know, you only have one question; “where can you get more information?”  Have no fear, click here  

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So come wander the streets, join in the festivities, discover new flavors and make some new memories with us at this years’ 35th annual Christmas Prelude.  Just once, and you’ll be hooked.  

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Once you’ve satisfied your need for Holiday cheer, kick back, relax, and stare at the fire… We hope to see you soon. 

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Kennebunkport’s Prelude to Christmas

November 9, 2011 by englishmeadows

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Get into the holiday spirit. Join us for Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport.

For more than a quarter of a century, the citizens of Kennebunkport/Kennebunk have joined together to celebrate the spirit of Christmas. The Christmas Prelude is a way for local businesses to give thanks to the visitors and residents who have supported them throughout the year. It is a celebration of community, friends, family, and the holidays. We are really looking forward to it here at our Kennebunkport/Kennebunk Bed and Breakfast.

Christmas Prelude 2011 begins on Thursday, December 1, with the annual Clothesline Art Show and the Maine Women in the Arts Pre-Prelude Show Opening. Holiday festivities continue through Sunday, December 4, and then resume the following weekend, Friday to Sunday, December  9-11.

It would be a monumental task to list all Christmas Prelude events in this blog. Highlights include:

  • Live Music: Carolers, a  Wandering Christmas Minstrel, a Fife and Drum Duo, Barbershop Quartets, Chamber Music, and more.
  • Tree Lighting Ceremonies. Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, and Kennebunk’s Lower Village.
  • Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree. It may be the most unique holiday decoration in the world.
  • Historic Trolley Tours. Ride an historic trolley through the lovely Maine woods.
  • Crafts Fairs. Find unique gifts for friends and family.
  • Treats. Shops provide holiday goodies for all who walk through their doors.
  • Holiday Wine Tasting.  Sample wines from around the world.
  • Fire and Ice Bar. Sit by a fire, admire ice sculptures, and enjoy drinks and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.
  • Santa. He travels by lobster boat while on the coast of Maine.
  • Bonfires.

The residences and businesses of Kennebunk and Kennebunkport dress elegantly for the holidays. Colorful lights, pretty wreaths, bows, and ribbons line the streets. Perhaps nothing captures the spirit of the holidays in Maine like the Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree and the wonderfully creative seashell wreaths – stunning circles of cedar or juniper decorated with slender starfish, delicate sand dollars, sparkling sea glass, and pretty shells. See them at least once in a lifetime.

It isn’t too early to reserve your spot in our Kennebunk/Kennebunkport Maine Bed and Breakfast. As of this writing, we still have openings the weekend of December 9, 2011. Our inn is within walking distance from Kennebunkport’s Dock Square, the heart of the Christmas Prelude.

For a complete list of  holiday events, please see Christmas Prelude.

 

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