See special 2020 Updates below…
Kennebunkport’s “Christmas Prelude” is a magical seaside holiday celebration and a great way to kick off the Christmas season. Prelude will remind you of Christmas’ of the past, when the whole town is transformed with bright lights, bows and boughs and everyone comes together to celebrate this festive time.
The Christmas Prelude celebration began in 1982 and has since become one of the most popular annual events in Kennebunkport. Visitors come from all over the world to take part in festive activities for all ages. The celebrations start off with the Dock Square tree lighting, where everyone gathers around as carolers take the stage to sing our favorite Christmas tunes.
Other events include historic house tours, sleigh rides, concerts, caroling, holiday shopping, craft fairs, and more. Kids will love watching Santa arrive in town on a real Maine Lobster Boat!
HGTV featured the annual Kennebunkport celebration as the “#2 Christmas Town in America.” Kennebunkport is the perfect place to kick off the holiday season, local lodging properties offer great specials and package deals for an affordable getaway. Here is the schedule of events to plan your Christmas Prelude celebration and holiday shopping spree today!
Christmas Prelude Dec 3 – 13, 2020
Traditional “big” events – tree lighting, parades, Santa’s arrival – will be virtual. The town will be beautifully decorated, and there will be special Outdoor Christmas Markets, Trail of Lights, Gingerbread House dining, shopping, and more!
Updated 2020 Schedule at the Official Kennebunkport Business Association Website
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Sample Schedule of what Christmas Prelude Schedule typically looks like
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