Full Schedule

December 5th - 15th, 2019

Full Schedule

    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 04:00pm - 08:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us under the heated tent for $1 oysters and local brews.

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 05:00pm
    The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn

    Learn about pairing wines with holiday entrees, how to select dessert wines and champagne for holiday celebrations. Includes 4 tasting pours.

    Cost: $20++ per person
    FMI: 207-967-2621

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Waldo Emerson Inn

    Canape cooking demonstration and champagne pairing by London trained chef. Learn how to throw the perfect holiday party! Each session limited to 10 people.

    $79 per person, includes food & cocktails.
    To purchase tickets: Call 207-985-4250 or email innkeeper@waldoemerson.com

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 06:30pm - 08:30pm
    River Tree Arts

    The Garage Band plays a mix of country, rock, and blues. A unique mix of musicians coming together for fun and to raise money for a good cause. Refreshments available. All proceeds benefit the River Tree Arts music department.

    $10 Adults, $5 Children
    Purchase tickets at the door or visit www.rivertreearts.org

     

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 07:00pm
    White Columns

    Enjoy the festively decorated White Columns, the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. Presented by the Kennebunkport Historical Society. 

    $25 for members, $35 for non-members
    Tickets are limited and sell out fast.
    For tickets call 207-967-2751

    Friday, December 06, 2019
  • Friday, December 06, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 04:00pm - 06:30pm
    Wildwood Fire Station

    Homemade fish chowder with all the "fixins," American chop suey, biscuits, and hot fudge sundaes at the Wildwood Fire Station, Wildes District Road. Presented by Wildwood Ladies Auxiliary.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us outside under our heated tent for a chance to create the most delicious spiked cider you've ever tasted! Food specials & live music. Available until 10pm.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 05:00pm - 06:30pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Bundle up! The museum's most beautiful open car becomes a wintry chariot whisking you along on a nighttime ride in partial moonlight. Signature cocktails, wine, or beer and appetizers included.

    Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.
    $30 per person

    To reserve call 207-967-2800 ext 101 or 111 or online: CLICK HERE

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    White Columns

    Tours run on the hour, with the last tour at 7pm. Enjoy seeing the house in a new light! White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. It is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. After dark the house is lit by flickering candle light.

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 05:30pm - 06:15pm
    Dock Square

    Tree Lighting Ceremony in Dock Square officially begins the season. Join in Christmas caroling with the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, followed by the lighting of the tree. Sponsored by KBA member Kennebunk Savings.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 06:00pm - 07:30pm
    Bradbury Brothers Market

    Join us before, during & after the Lobster Trap Tree Lighting for a fun night of crafting cards and letters to Santa & mailing them in our very own Santa 04014 Cape Porpoise North Pole post office box!

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 06:00pm
    South Congregational Church

    Right after the tree lighting, join the South Church Youth as they present a Nativity Tableau complete with live animals and a chimes choir.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 07:00pm
    Washington Hose Fire Station

    Warm yourself by the fire while singing Christmas carols and sipping hot chocolate behind Washington Hose Fire Station. Presented by the Washington Hose Fire Company.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 07:00pm
    Cape Porpoise Square

    Kennebunkport 's most original holiday decoration will be officially lit in Cape Porpoise Square. Join in the caroling with The Church on the Cape Choir.  Refreshments served at Cape Porpoise Fire Station. Sponsored by KBA members Cape Porpoise Kitchen and Farm + Table.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Sing along to your favorites including Christmas carols!
    No cover, 21+ only.

    Saturday, December 07, 2019
  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 07:00am - 10:00am
    Washington Hose Fire Station

    Start the day with a full breakfast of blueberry or plain pancakes at the Washington Hose Fire Company, Lower Village, Kennebunk.

    $7 Adults, $5 Children
    Major credit & debit cards accepted.
    Proceeds help to support scholarships, training and equipment for the volunteer fire company.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 07:45am - 02:30pm
    Atlantic Hall

    Featuring a wide variety of crafts, art work, and collectibles by local artists, including photography, jewelry, paintings, quilts, antiques and oriental rugs PLUS our popular Silent Auction and Chowder Luncheon.  New on the Luncheon Menu this year will be Lobster Rolls.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 08:00am - 03:00pm
    American Legion Hall

    Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more.  Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159, across from the Kennebunkport Police Department.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 08:30am - 01:00pm
    Church On the Cape

    Hot cider, Christmas craft tables, bake shop, cookie sale, jewelry, hand-knit items, and Christmas gifts!

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 08:30am - 02:00pm
    The Center

    Please join us for our annual Holiday Fair featuring wreaths with hand-tied bows and decorations, handmade boxwood trees, crafts and ornaments, hostess gifts, goodies and more.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 09:00am - 01:30pm
    First Congregational Church

    Lobster roll & chowder luncheon until 1:30pm (or sold out). Stop by the ever popular cookie walk and explore the vintage Christmas decorations table. Don't forget to buy your seasonal greens!

    Cookie Walk $6.00 per pound of cookies.
    Other items cost as labeled.
    Luncheon costs will be posted on site.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm
    Consolidated School

    A tradition for 30+ years, this fair fills the school with a wide variety of crafts by local artisans.  Presented by Kennebunkport Parks & Recreation.  $1 donation to benefit programs for local children.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 09:00am - 04:00pm
    South Church Community House

    Quality Maine-made crafts are offered by 20 vendors at the Community House across from the Kennebunkport post office. Sponsored by the South Church Women's Association.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 09:00am - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 03:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. This family friendly event has something for everyone. Choose from designing your very own lobster buoy, painting clay ornaments, decorating a Santa hat, or having your little one create something at our toddler table. It's a Prelude ritual!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Experience the magic of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport with a ride on an authentic Maine lobster boat! Captain Mike Perkins of the F/V Nor'easter, along with Mate Shelley Fleming Wigglesworth, will once again offer boat rides on Saturdays and Sundays of both Prelude weekends. A boatload of fun for all ages! Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or behind the Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue for a round-trip boat ride. The boat runs every half hour.

    $10 per person, and the pass is good all day!
    The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard.
    FMI: 207-450-1831 

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Featuring giftable art from various members of the River Tree Arts faculty and community. Patrons can expect to see many types of art, including ceramics and pottery, prints, jewelry, photography, original small works, and more!

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 11:00am - 12:00pm
    Hurlbutt Designs

    The design team at Hurlbutt Designs shares their expertise on transitioning your home decor through the seasons. We are also launching our second year of custom designed holiday stockings! Each one-of-a-kind stocking is handmade in Maine in partnership with Thibaut Fabrics, and for the event only, a calligrapher will be available to customize. Join us for this special Prelude event to learn seasonal decorating tips, sample delicious treats, and enjoy 20% off at both of our store locations (including HD Portside at 50 Dock Square, Kennebunkport). 

     

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 11:30am - 02:00pm
    South Church Community House

    Chili, chowder and dessert are offered downstairs at the South Church Community House, across from the Post Office.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 12:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us outside under our heated tent for a chance to create the most delicious spiked cider you've ever tasted! Food specials & live music. Available until 10pm.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 02:00pm
    White Columns

    Join Mrs. Claus at White Columns while she reads to all the children who visit with her. All are welcome!

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 03:00pm
    Dock Square

    A parade of holiday hats for children and adults led by the Patriot Fife and Drum Duo. Show off your handmade or store bought creations. All hat wearers welcome! Gather at the town parking lot behind Dock Square by 2:45pm. Parade through Dock Square and over the bridge to Best of Everything where prizes will be awarded for various creative categories. Sponsored by KBA member Best of Everything.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 04:30pm - 09:00pm
    Washington Hose Fire Station

    Enjoy your choice of lobsters, steamers, hamburgers or hot dogs with the crew of the Washington Hose Fire Station, Lower Village, Kennebunk.

    Major credit & debit cards accepted.
    FMI: 207-967-2347
    The Firehouse Lobster Supper has been a Prelude favorite for 38 years!
    Proceeds help to support scholarships, training and equipment for the volunteer fire company.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    White Columns

    Tours run on the hour, with the last tour at 7pm. Enjoy seeing the house in a new light! White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. It is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. After dark the house is lit by flickering candle light.

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 05:30pm - 07:30pm
    The Wright Gallery

    Wine & hors d'oeuvres served. 

    Christmas Prelude Award Art Show: November 30th-December 7th
    Over a dozen local artists will submit works to be judged. People's Choice & Artist's Choice awards will be given.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 05:30pm
    Corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35

    Join us at the corner of Christensen Lane and Route 35 for the lighting of the Lower Village Tree with carols by the Kennebunk High School Chamber Choir, directed by Nathan Menifield. Following the lighting, enjoy the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery.  Sponsored by KBA member People's United Bank.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 06:30pm
    Franciscan Monastery

    Join the Franciscans at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto on the grounds of St. Anthony's Monastery for the story of the birth of Jesus interspersed with Christmas songs by candlelight.  Presented by St. Anthony's Monastery and the Secular Franciscan Order. No parking on property. Enjoy roasted chestnuts at the entry courtesy of the White Barn Inn. Sponsored by KBA member The White Barn Inn.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Sing along to your favorites including Christmas carols!
    No cover, 21+ only.

    Sunday, December 08, 2019
  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 08:00am - 11:00am
    Nonantum Resort

    A special holiday breakfast buffet hosted by our visitors from the North Pole to help make Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport a favorite family tradition.

    $25 for adults, $15 for children 12 and under.

    Reservations required.
    Please call 207-967-4050

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 08:00am
    Village Baptist Church
    6 Maine Street, Kennebunkport

    South Congregational Church
    Temple Street, Kennebunkport

    Church On the Cape
    3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise

    St. Anthony's Monastery
    28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

    Sea Road Advent Christian Church
    140 Sea Road, Kennebunk

    First Congregational Church
    141 North Street, Kennebunkport

    St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
    7 Portland Road (Route 1), Kennebunk

    St. Martha's Catholic Church
    30 Portland Road (Route 1), Kennebunk
  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 09:00am - 02:00pm
    American Legion Hall

    Featuring a wide variety of crafts by Maine artisans, gift baskets, baked goods, raffles, silent auction, and more!  Presented by the American Legion Kennebunkport Memorial Post #159

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 09:00am - 06:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 10:00am - 03:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Get into the holiday spirit by making your own wreath! This workshop will be lead by a landscaping expert who will guide you through the creative process. Lots of options to choose from. You will leave with a beautiful wreath to cherish all season long.

    $40 per wreath. Tickets available to purchase in advance or at the door.
    To purchase tickets: www.rivertreearts.org

     

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Experience the magic of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport with a ride on an authentic Maine lobster boat! Captain Mike Perkins of the F/V Nor'easter, along with Mate Shelley Fleming Wigglesworth, will once again offer boat rides on Saturdays and Sundays of both Prelude weekends. A boatload of fun for all ages! Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or behind the Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue for a round-trip boat ride. The boat runs every half hour.

    $10 per person, and the pass is good all day!
    The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard.
    FMI: 207-450-1831 

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 02:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    After docking at The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel + Restaurant on Ocean Avenue, follow Santa and his Lobster Elves through Dock Square to the Community House on Temple Street for photos.  There may be a wait while all children and families have their special time with Santa.  Sponsored by KBA member Kennebunkport Resort Collection.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 03:00pm - 04:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Traditional Christmas carols performed by a tuba choir. This lively and entertaining event is free of charge.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 03:00pm - 08:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Come watch your favorite team (the New England Patriots) on the big screen under the heated tent. Patriots holiday dress strongly encouraged & prizes awarded!

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 04:00pm
    The Grand Hotel

    Bubbles and four truffles per person, hosted by Earth at Hidden Pond.
    Cost: $25++ per person

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 08:30pm
    The Pilot House

    Come take the mic or join in with others to your favorite holiday tunes!

    Monday, December 09, 2019
  • Monday, December 09, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. Choose between decorating your very own lobster buoy, or painting clay ornaments. Be a part of this Prelude ritual at River Tree Arts!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00pm - 04:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

    Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
    FMI: 207-967-4050

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 05:00pm - 08:00pm
    The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn

    Breakfast for dinner and bottomless hot chocolate, plus a special visit from Frosty & Friends!

    Cost: priced a la carte

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 05:00pm - 11:30pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Open at 5pm, and enjoy our regular dinner service until 10pm.

    At 9pm, southern Maine's own DJ Nate gets the place rocking with old school rock and roll and dance tunes. Enjoy late-night snacks until ... well ... late.

    And hospitality industry friends ... to say thanks ... we take 50% off all checks after 6pm. Just bring a pay stub if we don't know you.

    FMI: CLICK HERE

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 05:30pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    It's a Prelude Paint Night! You know you love the Dock Square Christmas tree, so paint one to take home, complete with the lobster star topper! Gaze out at the twinkling tree from our upstairs dining room, and let it inspire you as artist Dawn Burns shows you how to create your own masterpiece. Full bar and menu items available for purchase. No tickets available at the door.

    $25 includes all the materials you will need to complete your masterpiece. Space is limited.
    To purchase tickets: http://dawnburnsart.com/events/

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Waldo Emerson Inn

    Canape cooking demonstration and champagne pairing by London trained chef. Learn how to throw the perfect holiday party! Each session limited to 10 people.

    $79 per person, includes food & cocktails.
    To purchase tickets: Call 207-985-4250 or email innkeeper@waldoemerson.com

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun holiday sewing workshop. Create your own table-runner, perfect for your home decor. Select from a variety of fabrics and let our sewing instructor guide you. Each participant will have their own machine to work on. Bring a friend!

    $45 per person. Pre-registration is required.

    To register: https://rivertreearts.org/kennebunkport-prelude

     

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 11:00am - 04:00pm
    JAK Designs

    First 20 customers get free sea glass jewelry from Santa's gift bag.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. Choose between decorating your very own lobster buoy, or painting clay ornaments. Be a part of this Prelude ritual at River Tree Arts!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 04:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

    Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
    FMI: 207-967-4050

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A visit from Jolly Ole St. Nick & Mrs. Claus brings seasonal songs, treat buffet, cookie decorating, and a complimentary photo.

    Tickets are only $5 per person at the door. Mutasia Children’s Entertainment artist will be on site for character drawings! 

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 04:00pm - 07:00pm
    Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

    Travel down a tree-lined, snowy road to a clearing, where smoke curls from the chimney of a rustic lodge. Outside, you'll find some of Santa's reindeer to visit with, resting in Kennebunkport before making their big trip on Christmas Eve. Inside, warm yourself by the fire, and enjoy cookies and milk with Santa as he reads "'Twas the Night Before Christmas". Copies of Cider Mill Press' beautifully illustrated book will be available at a reduced cost - perfect gifts for under the tree! 

    Sponsored by KBA members Nonantum Resort & Alisson's Restaurant.

    Story readings on the hour, with the last reading at 6 p.m.
    Free to all. Hosted by the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Join local a cappella signing group Women of Note in the pub at Alisson's from 5-6 p.m. for festive caroling. Arrive early to grab a seat! Following the performance, Women of Note will stroll through Dock Square from 6-7 p.m., stopping in local shops to continue their Christmas cheer.

    Women of Note members Nancy McMahon, Sue Yeatts, Danielle Ebbrecht & Lisa Mills have been singing throughout the Greater Seacoast area since 1991.

    Sponsored by KBA members Alisson's Restaurant and the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 05:00pm - 08:00pm
    The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn

    Breakfast for dinner and bottomless hot chocolate, plus a special visit from Frosty & Friends!

    Cost: priced a la carte

    Wednesday, December 11, 2019
  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:00am - 01:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Create 4 hand-painted cards using watercolors. We will paint a magical northern lights sky over a winter wonderland, complete with a cozy cabin. This workshop is lead by Piper Castles, well-known Maine watercolor artist. 

    $45 per person. Pre-registration is required.

    To register: https://rivertreearts.org/kennebunkport-prelude

     

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 11:00am - 05:00pm
    JAK Designs

    $10 from each sale goes to Planned Parenthood, ACLU or EarthJustice - you decide!

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. Choose between decorating your very own lobster buoy, or painting clay ornaments. Be a part of this Prelude ritual at River Tree Arts!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00pm - 04:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

    Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
    FMI: 207-967-4050

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 03:00pm - 05:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Children between the ages of 6-16 can enjoy a painting class with snacks presented by Barbara Lisa.

    Tickets are $30 per child. Reservations required: 207-967-4050

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 04:00pm
    The Grand Hotel

    Bubbles and four truffles per person, hosted by Earth at Hidden Pond.
    Cost: $25++ per person

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 05:00pm - 06:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Learn to make seasonal cocktails from our mixologists that are sure to impress.

    Tickets are $35 per person (Adults Only, 21+) Reservations required: 207-967-4050

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Learn the craft of painting with Barbara Lisa, a local artist who will be sure to show you some neat tricks of the trade.

    Tickets are $30 per person (Ages 17+) Reservations required: 207-967-4050

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 07:00pm - 08:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Live Trivia from 7 to 8 p.m. in our pub! Teams of 1-6 players. Lots of fun prizes!

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. Choose between decorating your very own lobster buoy, or painting clay ornaments. Be a part of this Prelude ritual at River Tree Arts!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:00pm - 04:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Visit local shops and Inns to sample a holiday cookie and vote for your favorite.

    Tickets are $10 per person, to be purchased at The Nonantum. Proceeds will benefit a local food pantry.
    FMI: 207-967-4050

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Join Crepe Elizabeth food truck at Mornings In Paris for a variety of fresh crepes, mulled wine by the glass served from a hot cauldron & a hot chocolate bar, along with a full food and drink menu.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 04:00pm - 07:00pm
    JAK Designs

    Seacoast cheese maven Marty Mundy is sharing her holiday selection of local artisan cheeses.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00pm - 06:30pm
    River Tree Arts

    Chalk Couture is the hottest trend in DIY home decor. Work with Jessica, a Chalk Couture designer, to create your own custom piece. It's easy, fun, and you will get amazing results. Choose either a set of 3 Holiday Trees -or- a Farmhouse Christmas wooden panel.

    $45 per person. Pre-registration is required.

    To register: https://rivertreearts.org/kennebunkport-prelude

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00pm - 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Kick off the finale weekend of Christmas Prelude™ with a Tap Takeover! Enjoy 12 taps of specially selected rare and seasonal craft beers curated by Alisson's and Vacationland Distributors. Raise a pint and celebrate the season with friends! Check Alisson's Facebook events for the final list of breweries and tap lineup as the date draws near. No cover. No tickets. Portion of proceeds will go to, and donations accepted for, Education Foundation of the Kennebunks & Arundel.

    Live Music w/ The Dapper Gents Duo 6-9 p.m.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 05:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Learn about pairing wines with holiday entrees, how to select dessert wines and champagne for holiday celebrations. Includes 4 tasting pours.

    Cost: $20++ per person
    FMI: 207-967-8223

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Waldo Emerson Inn

    Canape cooking demonstration and champagne pairing by London trained chef. Learn how to throw the perfect holiday party! Each session limited to 10 people.

    $79 per person, includes food & cocktails.
    To purchase tickets: Call 207-985-4250 or email innkeeper@waldoemerson.com

    Friday, December 13, 2019
  • Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00pm - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us outside under our heated tent for a chance to create the most delicious spiked cider you've ever tasted! Food specials & live music. Available until 10pm.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00pm - 06:30pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Bundle up! The museum's most beautiful open car becomes a wintry chariot whisking you along on a nighttime ride in partial moonlight. Signature cocktails, wine, or beer and appetizers included.

    Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.
    $30 per person

    To reserve call 207-967-2800 ext 101 or 111 or online: CLICK HERE

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    White Columns

    Tours run on the hour, with the last tour at 7pm. Enjoy seeing the house in a new light! White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. It is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. After dark the house is lit by flickering candle light.

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    It's the hottest ticket in town and a favorite holiday tradition. Marvel at hand-carved ice bars and sculptures, blazing bonfires and enjoy holiday drinks. Cozy up inside with snacks and chase the chills away dancing to live music! Adults only, 21+
    TICKETS GO ON SALE Tuesday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. This event sells out quickly.
    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS


    Contact the Nonantum Resort directly with all questions: www.nonantumresort.com or call 207-967-4050

     

     

     

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:30pm - 07:30pm
    River Tree Arts

    River Tree Arts is proud and excited to display a selection of pieces of work from four local artists participating in our first Pop Up Art Show. We invite the public to enjoy the art and mingle with the artists themselves during the reception. The show is also open to the public on Saturday, December 14th from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:30pm
    The Pilot House

    Board the boat behind The Pilot House at 5:30pm and enjoy a leisure ride on the Kennebunk River before we anchor the boat near the Dock Square Bridge at 6:15pm to enjoy the fireworks show! The boat has a covered wheelhouse and heated cabin. Alcohol is permitted onboard for those age 21 years and over. BYOB. There is limited seating.

    $40-per person, Please RSVP in advance for the fireworks cruise by calling 207-450-1831.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:30pm
    Dock Square

    Join in Christmas caroling with the Middle School of the Kennebunks Choir to begin the finale weekend of festivities as our Christmas Prelude™ continues. Sponsored by KBA member Alisson's Restaurant.  After the tree lighting, gather in the municipal parking lot behind Alisson's Restaurant, huddle on the causeway, or the surrounding area to view the annual Prelude fireworks display. 

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Sing along to your favorites including Christmas carols!
    No cover, 21+ only.

    Saturday, December 14, 2019
  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00am - 03:00pm
    Consolidated School

    Come check out the great variety of crafts by local artisans. Modeled after our wildly successful fair of the first Prelude weekend. Presented by Kennebunkport Parks & Recreation.
    Free admission. Donations accepted.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 09:00am - 08:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 12:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Children and adults alike will love making their own gingerbread houses with plenty of frosting, sprinkles and festive holiday decorations!

    Tickets are $3 per person; ages 2 and under free. Reservations required 207-967-4050.
    Sponsored by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. A portion of the proceeds will benefit a local non-profit.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 03:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    Join us for a festive and fun afternoon of holiday crafts. This family friendly event has something for everyone. Choose from designing your very own lobster buoy, painting clay ornaments, decorating a Santa hat, or having your little one create something at our toddler table. It's a Prelude ritual!

    Prices vary, $5 - $20. Drop in.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tours run on the hour and talk of the history of Kennebunkport, the history of the house and the Perkins family. White Columns is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. 

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    River Tree Arts

    River Tree Arts is proud and excited to display a selection of pieces of work from four local artists participating in our first Pop Up Art Show. Open to the public.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Experience the magic of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport with a ride on an authentic Maine lobster boat! Captain Mike Perkins of the F/V Nor'easter, along with Mate Shelley Fleming Wigglesworth, will once again offer boat rides on Saturdays and Sundays of both Prelude weekends. A boatload of fun for all ages! Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or behind the Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue for a round-trip boat ride. The boat runs every half hour.

    $10 per person, and the pass is good all day!
    The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard.
    FMI: 207-450-1831 

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us outside under our heated tent for a chance to create the most delicious spiked cider you've ever tasted! Food specials & live music. Available until 10pm.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00pm
    White Columns

    Join Mrs. Claus at White Columns while she reads to all the children who visit with her. All are welcome!

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:30pm - 03:30pm
    Church On the Cape

    Come hear the songs of the season featuring guest soprano Kelley Hollis, the Senior Choir, the Women's Trio and the Trinity Trio (violin, piano & organ). Free to all.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 04:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Enjoy a short story and sing along with Conductor Nate when you arrive at the Visitor Center. Board the heated trolley with your hot chocolate to sip on during after-dark ride. 

    Seating is limited. Advance reservations are required.
    First seating: 4:00 p.m.
    Second seating: 5:00 p.m.

    To reserve call 207-967-2800 ext. 101 or 111 or online: CLICK HERE
    $25 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 04:30pm
    River Green

    Be part of the candlelight  procession that follows Mary and Joseph as they seek shelter at three historic inns only to be turned away and finally shown to a manger; hymns, carols, and scripture readings followed by hot chocolate and cookies. Procession begins at the top of the River Green in front of the Captain Lord Mansion off Ocean Avenue. Sponsored by KBA members The Historic Inns of Kennebunkport - 1802 House, Captain Jefferds Inn, Captain Lord Mansion, Maine Stay Inn, The Inn at English Meadows & Waldo Emerson Inn.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    White Columns

    Tours run on the hour, with the last tour at 7pm. Enjoy seeing the house in a new light! White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. It is elaborately decorated for the Christmas season and a not to be missed look at a Victorian Christmas. After dark the house is lit by flickering candle light.

    $10 for non-members, free for members

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 05:00pm - 10:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    It's the hottest ticket in town and a favorite holiday tradition. Marvel at hand-carved ice bars and sculptures, blazing bonfires and enjoy holiday drinks. Cozy up inside with snacks and chase the chills away dancing to live music! Adults only, 21+
    TICKETS GO ON SALE Tuesday, September 3rd at 10:00 a.m. This event sells out quickly.
    CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE TICKETS


    Contact the Nonantum Resort directly with all questions: www.nonantumresort.com or call 207-967-4050

     

     

     

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    Sing along to your favorites including Christmas carols!
    No cover, 21+ only.

    Sunday, December 15, 2019
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 08:00am - 01:00pm
    Nonantum Resort

    Bring your child for a special holiday feast hosted by Santa! A favorite Christmas Prelude event every year. Enjoy an extensive buffet with specialty treats.

    Tickets are $35 for adults, children 12 and under are just $15. Reservations required, 207-967-4050.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 08:00am
    Village Baptist Church
    6 Maine Street, Kennebunkport

    South Congregational Church
    Temple Street, Kennebunkport

    Church On the Cape
    3 Langsford Road, Cape Porpoise

    St. Anthony's Monastery
    28 Beach Avenue, Kennebunk

    Sea Road Advent Christian Church
    140 Sea Road, Kennebunk

    First Congregational Church
    141 North Street, Kennebunkport

    St. Andrews Presbyterian Church
    7 Portland Road (Route 1), Kennebunk

    St. Martha's Catholic Church
    30 Portland Road (Route 1), Kennebunk
  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 09:00am - 06:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Enjoy the sights and smells of the season at our outdoor Christmas Market, new this year under the heated tent at Old Vines. Dozens of artists, craftsmen, and other local businesses will exhibit their very best, just in time for holiday shopping, along with family friendly live music throughout the week.

    FMI: https://www.oldvineswinebar.com/prelude

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Experience the magic of Christmas Prelude in Kennebunkport with a ride on an authentic Maine lobster boat! Captain Mike Perkins of the F/V Nor'easter, along with Mate Shelley Fleming Wigglesworth, will once again offer boat rides on Saturdays and Sundays of both Prelude weekends. A boatload of fun for all ages! Board the boat behind the Pilot House Restaurant in Lower Village or behind the Nonantum Resort on Ocean Avenue for a round-trip boat ride. The boat runs every half hour.

    $10 per person, and the pass is good all day!
    The boat has a covered and heated wheelhouse and bathroom onboard.
    FMI: 207-450-1831 

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 10:00am - 04:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Daytime rides in heated trolleys decked out in holiday greens, shopping in the museum store, and hot chocolate chip cookies! Last ride at 3:30 p.m.

    Purchase tickets at the door.
    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 11:00am
    Dock Square

    Follow the Portland Sea Dog's Mascot Slugger and your pooches wearing their favorite holiday attire and join in or simply enjoy watching. Parade begins at Consolidated School, School Street/Route 9 east. Sponsored by KBA member HB Provisions.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 02:00pm
    Cape Porpoise Square

    Meet him at Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Cape Porpoise Square. Photos for children of all ages. Hot chocolate and candy canes aplenty. Sponsored by KBA member The Wright Gallery.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 08:30pm
    The Pilot House

    Come take the mic or join in with others to your favorite holiday tunes!


ALL PROGRAMS AND EVENTS SUBJECT TO CHANGE
MORE EVENTS ADDED WEEKLY THROUGH NOVEMBER, CHECK BACK OFTEN!

Future Christmas Prelude™ Dates:
December 3rd - 13th, 2020
December 2nd - 12th, 2021
December 1st - 11th, 2022

Tourist Information Kiosk in Lower Village (In front of the Grand Hotel, across from H.B. Provisions)
2019 Prelude Hours:

  • Friday, Dec. 5: 2 p.m to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 6: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, Dec. 7: 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Friday, Dec. 13: 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Dec. 14: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

 

 

Kennebunkport Business Association Member Login

Only KBA Members may ADD/EDIT events.
Interested in having an event at Christmas Prelude™ and joining the KBA?  CLICK HERE

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Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude Awards

Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude was voted the
#2 Christmas Town in America by HGTV!
  Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude was designated as one of the Top 100 Events in North America for 2015 by ABA!

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