Kennebunkport and Kennebunk know how to party…. in all seasons. For New Years, the holiday decorations are up, and the beautiful seaside village in snow and lights and bright red bows bustles for the last night of the year – with cheer! New Years Eve is a fun festive time to be out and about in Kport and Lower Village Kennebunk.
Looking for a party in the Port? Here are just a few fun happenings over New Years Eve.
Saturday Down East Wines pours bubbly for a NYE Champagne and Sparkling Wine tasting, Dec 29 2-5pm. We love Down East’s tastings…. Matt, Libby & Mike are so knowledgeable and passionate about their pours! Stop in for some popping good times and tastes, and stock up on your favorite toasting bottles for New Years.
Boathouse Waterfront Hotel and Bar hosts a Champagne Wishes & Caviar Dreams New Year’s Eve! Full raw bar, food stations, dancing, photo booth, & champagne toast at midnight, tickets $75, or $100 for VIP, Dec 31 9pm- 1am.
Stripers Waterside Restaurant at The Breakwater Inn & Spa has a fantastic New Years Eve menu, serving from 4-10pm, $65 per person for a three-course menu, make reservations and taste their new Exec Chef Nick Burgess’ creations while overlooking the glittery moonlight on the Kennebunk River.
Alisson’s has a NYE party traditionally, not fancy but fun! Alisson’s then wraps for a winter break – typically reopen in February.
Kennebunkport Inn’s Burleigh has NYE ALIVE with live music New Years Eve led by the talented Beau Dalleo, and his NYE collaborative band Lion Heart. Party is 8PM, with music, cocktails, dancing, food and fun until the Ball drops in New York City, Champagne toast at 11:55pm!
Ports of Italy has a 4 course New Year’s Eve dinner with live band. You can opt for the entire package at $75, or just pop in for the late night music and countdown celebrations for $20.
Pedro’s has a NYE party with a live band playing 9:30-12:30.
Pearl and Spat Oyster Bar hosts a prix fixe 3-course dinner with live music featuring Ocean Ave Band 6:30-9:30. $125 pp with 2 drinks, tax, tip ( a la carte menu also available).
For a family friendly New Year’s Eve, downtown Kennebunk will host its annual Blueberry Drop (Maine’s version of a Times Square ball drop – Maine humor) at 9 p.m for the kids at Waterhouse Center with music by local guitarist Michael Corleto starting at 7pm, The Waterhouse ice rink will be open 6-10 pm for skating. The Brick Store Museum will offer tours all night long and two showings of the classic movie “Goonies,” at 6:30 and 9:30 p.m. The midnight Blueberry Drop is at the United Universalist Church, descending from the church’s bell tower. Cheers Kennebunk
New Year’s Eve Sunday, Pearl and Spat Oyster Bar will serve a New Year’s Sunday jazz brunch at 11-2pm!
In the New Year, Old Vines Wine Bar has their usual Happy Hour 4-6pm with great wine and cocktails specials and tapas style treats, plus a rocking late night party with DJ Nate playing after 9pm. Also, save the date for great live acts at Old Vines, Thursday 6-9pm. And looking ahead, prepare for Old Vines Avalanche Party February- sounds like a chillin’ thrillin’ good time!
For a refreshingly good time, how about a New Year’s dip in the Atlantic? This year’s 18th Annual Atlantic Plunge – Freezin’ For A Reason takes place on January 5, 11am Gooch’s Beach Kennebunk. This chilly Polar Plunge event is typically held New Year’s Day, Register for this refreshing swim, registration fee is $25.
Hotels and inns like the uber-romantic Captain Lord Mansion, Seaside Inn located right on Kennebunk Beach, Breakwater Inn and Spa, and Boathouse Waterfront Hotel have
great quiet season rates and romance packages as we head into a new year, so folks from away should come here!
Happy New Year and Cheers Kennebunkport! Soon it will be February is For Lovers when we Paint the Town Red!
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