Since 1982, the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude has been ringing in the holiday season and now boasts 14 days of ceremonies, festivities, and, of course, a visit from a certain, jolly, old elf …
Having grown from humble origins, these days the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude encompasses nearly two weeks of tree-lighting ceremonies, arts and crafts fairs, numerous holiday meals and teas, fascinating historical programs, and 12 holiday music presentations. Top it all off with Santa and his “lobster elves” arriving by traditional lobster boat and you have the enviable results of an entire community coming together in the spirit and joy of the Christmas season.
Just take a look at some of this year’s highlights!
Prelude Presents & Paintings – Under $200 Art Work & Artisan Gallery.
Prelude Ale Release Party – Federal Jack’s Brew Pub
Seashore Trolley Holiday Rides – Ride the rails on heated streetcars festooned with fresh greenery, through the wintry Maine Woods.
Blueberry Pancake Breakfast – Start the day with a full breakfast of blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes at the Washington Hose Fire Company.
Cape Porpoise Lobster Trap Tree Lighting – Kennebunkport’s most original holiday decoration will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square.
Christmas Tree Tour – uniquely decorated trees by local artists and designers in the homes of local families and businesses.
Coffee Roasting – Experience the process of roasting coffee on our antique German roaster, circa 1900 – Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks.
Prelude Wine Tasting – 16 wines to sample in your commemorative Kennebunkport Prelude Wine Glass.
Christmas Candlelight Caroling at the Franciscan Monastery – Join the Franciscans by candlelight for the story of the Christmas interspersed with songs
Fire + Ice – Blazing bonfires, ice bars & sculptures, local food, and live music.
The Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude is largely a volunteer effort, with hundreds of people donating time, labor, and materials behind the scenes to ensure a holiday spectacle of appropriate sparkle and charm. Many churches, schools, civic groups, and community groups make the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude the centerpiece of their fund-raising activities, meaning you can relax and enjoy yourself knowing that your dollars are going to a good cause.
Don’t miss this magical, wonderland experience that transforms the first weeks of December into an ideal time to visit Kennebunkport Maine!
Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude
December 2nd-14th, 2014
For a full schedule and more details, be sure to visit: www.christmasprelude.com
Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude Lodging
Whether you’re here for all or part of the Kennebunkport Christmas Prelude – or at any time of the year! – a stay at The Inn at English Meadows gives you luxurious Kennebunkport lodging at the perfect Maine hideaway. Reserve your room now!