Christmas Prelude Event Highlights for 2017

Christmas Prelude KennebunkportChristmas Prelude is Kennebunkport, Maine’s most famous annual event, and we want to make sure you have access to all of our favorite activities! Join us to see why our town was ranked #2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV!

Week 1

FRIDAY EVENTS

Roasted Chestnuts (and Cocktails) at the Kennebunkport Inn
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 3:00pm
Join us in kicking off Prelude with roasted chestnuts and creative winter cocktails on our festive outdoor deck starting at 3pm, and claim your spot to watch the Christmas Tree Lighting on Friday evening.
1 Dock Square, Kennebunkport

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 1, 2017 at 5:30pm
The excitement is contagious when locals and visitors alike gather to participate in the countdown of the lighting of the tree, which officially launches the holiday season in Kennebunkport.
Dock Square, Kennebunkport

Ugly Sweater Party at The Boathouse Bar
Friday, December 1, 2017 from 6pm to 10pm | FREE Admission
Kickoff the holiday season in “style” by donning your ugliest sweater and dancing the night away to music from one of our favorite party DJs — DJ Jon. Pizza, cocktails, and desserts will all be available for purchase.
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport

SATURDAY EVENTS

Prelude Public Market at The Boathouse Bar
Saturday, December 2, 2017 from Noon to 8pm
Live Music from 7pm-10pm
Take a culinary tour of Kennebunkport as we turn the Boathouse Bar into a pop-up café serving some of our guests’ favorite dishes, including: The Tides Beach Club’s Buffalo Shrimp, Earth’s Donuts, The Burleigh’s Chicken Biscuits, and Boathouse’s Pizza. PLUS a full Raw Bar and Cash Bar serving cocktails, beer and wine!
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport

12th Annual Hat Parade
Saturday, December 2, 2017 at 3:00pm
Led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo, this parade of festive holiday hat wearers wends it way through Dock Square and over the bridge before ending at Kennebunk’s Best of Everything.
Prizes will be awarded for the most creative headpieces.
Dock Square, Kennebunkport

SUNDAY EVENTS

Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat
Sunday, December 03, 2017 at 2:00pm
Watch Santa arrive by lobster boat to dock at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel. He and his Lobster Elves will stroll through Dock Square as they make their way to the Community House on Temple Street for photos.
21 Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport


Week 2

FRIDAY EVENTS

Tree Lighting Ceremony
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 5:30pm
The excitement is contagious when locals and visitors alike gather to participate in the countdown of the lighting of the tree, which casts a festive glow upon Kennebunkport all season long.
Dock Square, Kennebunkport

7th Annual Christmas Fireworks Display
Friday, December 8, 2017 at 6:15pm
This Prelude extravaganza takes place in the cove and can be seen from the bridge and surrounding areas. Grab a front row seat on the Sun Deck at the Kennebunkport Inn for a fabulous view, best enjoyed with a hot beverage or cocktail in hand.
Kennebunk River Basin, Kennebunkport

SATURDAY EVENTS

Christmas House Tours of White Columns
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
White Columns — an 1853 Greek Revival mansion turned museum —  will be featuring a talk on the history of Kennebunkport, the legacy of the house, and the lives of the family who called it home. Elaborately decked out for the Christmas season, White Columns presents a peek back into a Victorian Christmas.
8 Maine Street, Kennebunkport

Prelude Holiday Gift Market at River Tree Arts
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 10am to 4pm
River Tree Arts gallery will be transformed into a holiday wonderland featuring artwork and fine crafts by local artists and artisans. Gift merchandise will include hand-crafted jewelry, stocking stuffers, unique hand-woven items, artwork and more — something for everyone on your holiday list this season.
35 Western Avenue, Kennebunk

Mead Tastings & Wassail at HoneyMead *NEW*
Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 2pm to 5pm
Stop by the HoneyMaker Mead Room for a special Holiday Tasting of two mead varieties, paired with local cheeses. It’s your chance to sample traditional Wassail, a festive beverage made with honey, apples and spices that’s soul-warming and delicious!
8 Western Avenue, Kennebunk

SUNDAY EVENTS

7th Annual Pooch Parade
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 11am
Led by the Portland Sea Dog’s Mascot Slugger, this festively-attired parade of pooches trot from Consolidated School, through Dock Square, up Ocean Avenue and over to Union Street before finishing at the tent at White Columns. All are invited to join in with their favorite canine companions.
Dock Square, Kennebunkport

Santa Arrives by Fire Engine
Sunday, December 10, 2017 at 2:00pm
Watch as Santa chugs into Cape Porpoise aboard a fire engine. He and his Lobster Elves will stroll through the square as they make their way to Cape Porpoise Kitchen for photos, hot chocolate, and candy canes.
Cape Porpoise Square, Cape Porpoise