Kennebunkport’s 36th Annual Christmas Prelude

Join Us for Classic Christmas Fun!

Join the festivities this Christmas season and come out for Kennebunkport’s 36th Annual Christmas Prelude! This multi-day event is a magical extravaganza that kicks off the Christmas season with a huge dose of holiday spirit! The Kennebunkport community is a lively one with a lot of heart, and whether you are a local or a guest, you are sure to enjoy all that will be going on from November 30, 2017 to December 10, 2017 this year. We still have some availability in early December, so call us at (207) 967-3141 to find out what is available and to book.

Here are some top events we are looking forward to…

Couple dressed in warm winter clothing, outside in front of Christmas lights.

Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square

Friday, December 1, 2017, 5:30pm

This festive favorite in Dock Square officially kicks off the season! Come out and join in with Christmas Caroling as the gorgeous trees are lit for the holiday season.

Live Nativity

Friday, December 1, 2017, 6:00pm

After the tree lighting, enjoy live animals and a joyous choir for a live nativity at South Congregational church on Temple Street.

A stack of blueberry pancakes, at Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude.

Blueberry Pancake Breakfast

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 10:00am

What’s a Christmas celebration without a fabulous festive breakfast? Savor blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes at the Washington Fire Company. (Adults are $6 and Children are $5, proceeds help support the volunteer fire company.)

Cape Porpoise Christmas Fair

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 8:00am-1:00pm

Venture out to Church On the Cape for seasonal crafts, cookies, gifts, and more!

A couple in warm winter clothes in front of a Christmas tree.

12th Annual Hat Parade

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 3:00pm

Calling all hat wearers! Come participate in this parade of holiday hats at Dock Square. Prizes will be awarded to those with particularly creative hats. You can choose to wear something traditional or have fun with it and come up with something unique.

Lower Village Tree Lighting & Christmas Stroll

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 4:30pm-9:00pm

Enjoy the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with Christmas carols at Christensen Lane. Afterward, take part in the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery.

Candles in front of Christmas lights.

Christmas Candlelight Caroling

Saturday, December 2, 2017, 6:30pm

Delight in the singing of Christmas songs by candlelight on the grounds of St. Anthony’s Monastery.

Santa Arrives by Lobster Boat

Sunday, December 3, 2017, 2:00pm

See Santa and his Lobster Elves dock at David’s KPT on Ocean Avenue and make their way through Dock Square. When they reach the Community House on Temple Street, you can pose with Santa for a photo!
A mother, father, and two young children watching fireworks while dressed in winter clothing.

7th Annual Christmas Fireworks Display

Friday, December 8, 2017, 6:15pm

Marvel at the brilliant display of Christmas fireworks in the cove. (They can be viewed from the bridge and nearby.) View the map.

The Walk to Bethlehem

Saturday, December 9, 2017, 4:30pm

Participate in the candlelight procession that will follow Mary and Joseph through town and to three historic inns, including our own Kennebunkport bed and breakfast! Enjoy hymns, carols, bible readings, and hot chocolate and cookies.