Christmas Prelude

Join us for Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude! The first two weeks in December are filled with holiday shopping, tree lightings, trolley rides, craft fairs, caroling and nativities, and even Santa coming in on a lobster boat! Discover why Kennebunkport was voted the #2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV. It’s a holiday celebration not to be missed! Plenty of cheer and family fun for all ages! Visit midweek (Sun-Th. nights) and enjoy special overnight rates starting at $119.00!

2016 Schedule of Events:

Prelude Progressive Dinner
Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30-8:30pm

Tree Lighting Dinner
Friday, Dec. 2, 5:30-9pm
Watch as Kennebunkport kicks off Christmas Prelude with the tree lighting in Dock Square. Then join us for a special holiday menu and live entertainment. View the Menu. Reservations recommended: 207-967-4050

Trolley holiday

Free InTown Trolley shuttle to/from Dock Square
Round trips running 10am-5pm, Saturday, Dec. 3

Prelude Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 3, 11am-2:30pm
Enjoy a buffet of holiday comfort foods and live entertainment. View the Menu
Adults $16, Children 12 and under $8. Reservations: 207-967-4050

Breakfast with Mrs. Claus and the Elves
Sunday, Dec. 4, 8-11am
A special holiday breakfast buffet hosted by our visitors from the North Pole. Entertainment and souvenir photo provided. Adults $20, Children under 12 $10. Reservations appreciated for parties of 6 or more.

Merry TubaChristmas
Sunday, Dec. 4, 3-4pm
A special free holiday concert featuring traditional Christmas carols performed by a tuba-euphonium choir. The historic Merry TubaChristmas event was created by musician Harvey Phillips and debuted in 1974 at New York City’s Rockefeller Center to highlight the warm, rich music of tuba and euphonium players at Christmastime, and also to honor the late great tubist William J. Bell. Since that time, spontaneous community ensembles of local musicians of all ages have gathered to play traditional Christmas carols together. The unique concerts have been showcased in more than 290 citiies nationally and worldwide. This will be the first time this proud brass tradition will be featured in Kennebunkport! (Free of charge)

The Polar Express with River Tree Arts
Monday, Dec. 5th
Dinner 5pm, Performance 6-7pm, then Dessert
View the Menu. Tickets for Dinner, Performance and Dessert: Adults $25, Children under 12 $15, Ages 2 and under free. Tickets for Performance and Dessert only: Adults $10, Children under 12 $5, Ages 2 and under free. Please call 207-967-4050 to reserve. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to River Tree Arts.

Cookie Crawl
Monday-Thursday, Dec. 5-8th
at your leisure between 11am-4pm
Take a sweet stroll down Ocean Avenue from The Nonantum to a variety of inns, shops and galleries including The Breakwater, Dannah, The Yachtsman, Captain Fairfield Inn, Wendy Webster Good Fine Art, Scalawags, Stem to Stern, Village Paperie and Auntie’s House Bakery to taste various holiday cookies – then vote on your favorite! Proceeds will benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Tickets $10pp – purchase at The Nonantum.

7th Annual
Fire + Ice

Friday & Saturday, Dec. 9 & 10, 5-10pm
Blazing Bonfires, Ice Bars & Sculptures, Local Food & Drinks, and Live Music.
It’s The Hottest Ticket in Town and the perfect ending to Kennebunkport’s Christmas Prelude!
 (Adults only, 21+)
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Gingerbread House Making
Saturday, Dec. 10, 10:30am-12:30pm
Children and adults alike will love making their own gingerbread houses with plenty of frosting, sprinkles and festive holiday decorations! $2 per person; ages 2 and under free. Reservations requested. Sponsored by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local charity. 

Prelude Luncheon
Saturday, Dec. 10, 11am-2:30pm
Enjoy a buffet of holiday comfort foods and live entertainment. View the Menu
Adults $16, Children 12 and under $8. Reservations: 207-967-4050

Free InTown Trolley shuttle to/from Dock Square
Round trips running 10am-5pm, Saturday, Dec. 10

Prelude Lobster Boat Rides
Saturday & Sunday, Dec. 3-4 & 10-11
Take a cruise on the Kennebunk River on the F/V Nor’Easter, an authentic commercial fishing boat all decked out for the holidays. Providing shuttle service between The Nonantum and The Pilot House. Board and disembark at either location at your leisure throughout the day or stay onboard for a round trip ride. Saturdays & Sundays during both Prelude weekends starting at 10AM. $10 pp per trip. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a Maine Maritime Academy student. FMI please call 207-450-1831 or email tomlis@gwi.net  *Trips are weather dependent.

Breakfast with Santa and Mrs. Claus
Sunday, Dec. 11, 8-11am
Bring your child for a special holiday feast hosted by Santa! Enjoy an extensive buffet with specialty treats, plus entertainment and souvenir photo provided.  Adults $22, Children under 12 $10. Reservations appreciated for parties of 6 or more.

*For a full listing of events happening in and around Kennebunkport,
visit www.ChristmasPrelude.com