Full Schedule

December 2nd - 12th, 2021

Full Schedule

    Thursday, December 02, 2021
  • Thursday, December 02, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Seth and Jimmy will be back for two nights of hysterical holiday fun, proving that two guys, two pianos, and two microphones can do a lot of damage! It’s a high-energy show filled with all the great hits of the decades from Elton to Billy and Sinatra to Bruno. And even a few feather boas. Because - why not?

    FMI: click here

     

  • Thursday, December 02, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Thursday, December 02, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Thursday, December 02, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Thursday, December 02, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Thursday, December 02, 2021 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    Auntie's House Bakery & Gift Shop

    Auntie’s House will be hosting a Sculpt Your Own Chocolate Event! We will provide a 2.5 oz block of sculpting chocolate that you can make into your own design for Christmas. Then we will put it through our chocolate coating machine so you can bring home your own delicious gourmet chocolate confection. Please RSVP info@auntieshousemaine.com 

    $5 each, or $15 for family of 4+

  • Thursday, December 02, 2021 07:00pm - 09:00pm
    White Columns

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

    Optional add-on: Exclusive Preview and Art Open House 6pm-7pm
    Includes Kennebunk High School Art Class "Historic Home Project" Art Exhibit
    and Private Viewing of Louis Norton's Murals depicting the history of Kennebunkport at Luques Tavern aka General Simon Nowell's house.

    For more information call 207-967-2751 or visit their website.

    Friday, December 03, 2021
  • Friday, December 03, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    On Friday, we kick off our traditional Prelude block party: all-day fun inside, outside, and under the tent. We’ll have food and drink specials, and live music by King Koyote, Hello Newman, Rob Bellamy + Mike Pierce, Lisa Mills, and Pieces of Eight.

    FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 03, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Friday, December 03, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Come meet the artist behind Seaside Gallery and Gifts and the creators of the popular Kennebunkport-Lower Village map. Free 12x16 colorful signed map prints raffled off throughout the day! Masks are required.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 10:00am - 08:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 7pm.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 04:00pm - 05:30pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Join Sandra Duckett, Owner of Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks and Hana Pevny, Owner and Chef of the Waldo Emerson Inn for a tasty coffee and cookie pairing. Hana will demonstrate how to create the perfect cookie tray while Sandra will pair each cookie with the perfect coffee blend.

    $10 per person - Get tickets here

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 04:00pm - 08:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Join us for a holiday soiree and enjoy festive canapes and jolly cocktails and mocktails. We will send you off with cocktail recipe cards, and you'll have the chance to snap a picture in our frosty winter wonderland photo booth! If you feel like giving back, we will have special ornaments for purchase - you'll write your wish on it and tie to our magical wishing tree right in the middle of our Christmas forest. We will donate all proceeds to the local food shelf. We will encourage distancing - this event will be spread out on our property with opportunities indoors and outdoors.

    $40 - Includes all food and two beverages.
    Get tickets here!

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 04:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us at the Pilot House to warm yourself up by creating your own variation of spiked cider or hot chocoalte! Food specials & live music will pair perfectly with your winter warmer! 

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 04:30pm
    Cape Porpoise Square

    Join us in lighting one of the most unique Christmas “trees” in the country – the Lobster Trap Tree in Cape Porpoise. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsors: Cape Porpoise Kitchen and farm + table.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 05:00pm - 08:00pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Specialty French crepes on the patio by Crepe Elizabeth Food Truck. Your crepe will be made to suit your personal request in front of you and served hot off the pan. Special seasonal ingredients will be available. Masks, hand sanitizer, space for social distancing & supporting signage. FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Dock Square

    Along Western Avenue stretching from Beach Avenue in Kennebunk to Spring Street in Kennebunkport. Join us for a block-long family-friendly celebration featuring live music, street performers, fire eating shows, fire baton performances and more! There will be delicious snacks available from local vendors, appearances by special characters and frequent lightings of the Dock Square Tree, counting down from 5. Also see our Prelude 40 Trees Trail light up at 6:30 p.m. Per Maine Law, carrying open containers of alcohol and drinking alcoholic beverages in public are prohibited. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possiblePremiere Sponsor: Kennebunk Savings.

  • Friday, December 03, 2021 06:30pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Grab a map at Mornings In Paris or the Chamber kiosk at 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, and visit the 40 trees decorated by local businesses in celebration of Prelude's 40th anniversary. The trees will be lit at once at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 for a special visual treat! The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: Mornings In Paris.

    Saturday, December 04, 2021
  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    On Friday, we kick off our traditional Prelude block party: all-day fun inside, outside, and under the tent. We’ll have food and drink specials, and live music by King Koyote, Hello Newman, Rob Bellamy + Mike Pierce, Lisa Mills, and Pieces of Eight.

    FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 08:30am - 01:00pm
    Church On the Cape

    Get an early start on your Christmas shopping at the Church on the Cape Christmas Fair. Complimentary hot cider, fine and collectible items, Christmas ornaments and decor, home baked treats, Christmas cookies and candy, jewelry, hand-knit items, and crafts. The Cargo Shop will be open.

    Per current CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masks will be available if needed.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 09:00am - 02:00pm
    The Center

    Sale of table top boxwood trees, wreaths, sprays, decorated artificial tree auction, and more. Fundraising event for The Center - a place for seniors to meet and grow. Following all CDC guidelines.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 09:00am - 04:00pm
    South Church Community House

    A Craft Fair featuring fine handmade arts and crafts from local artists.

    We will have masks at the door for visitors who need one and hand sanitizing stations throughout the venue. We will also adhere to CDC guidelines concerning indoor capacity and have a counter at the door if necessary.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 10:00am - 08:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 7pm.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 11:00am - 01:00pm
    Snug Harbor Farm

    Learn to make your own hand-tied wreath with seasonal greens. Safety protocols aligning with CDC guidelines, event in greenhouse with fans.

    $75 per person. Tickets: click here

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 11:00am - 01:00pm
    Hurlbutt Designs

    Jean Becker, Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush for 25 years and author, will speak and sign her book, "The Man I Knew", at Hurlbutt Designs. Mimosas will be served. Masks are required and handicap parking is available.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 01:00pm - 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 04, 2021 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    White Columns

    Historic artisan crafts outside. Join local art educator, Ann Thompson, for hands-on historic crafts for children. FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 01:00pm - 04:00pm
    Kennebunk Outfitters

    Come warm your toes by one of our several campfires, and while there why not also roast a marshmallow and make yourself a s'more! We will be offering Smartwool hats and gloves (including some free giveaways!) to help you stay warm! 

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 01:00pm - 06:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Pop-up food to-go table, selling boxes of charcuterie in a box for 2 and 4 people. Set up outside of Maine & Vine.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 02:00pm - 05:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Wine tasting. $5 gets you a taste of 6 different types of wine and a souvenir Prelude tasting glass. No pre-purchase needed.

    Tasting stations will be spread throughout the store (one outside if possible) with limited people allowed in at one time and masks required when you are not tasting.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 03:00pm
    Lower Village
    *NEW LOCATION in Lower Village, Kennebunk* Route TBD. In keeping with longstanding Christmas Prelude tradition, we invite you to craft your finest holiday hatware and join us for this parade of hats. Masks are required for participants and there will be a prize for best mask as well. Prize winners will be announced later that day on the Prelude Facebook page and prizes will be mailed to winners. Sign ups coming soon. Spectators: The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: Best of Everything.
     
     
  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 04:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us at the Pilot House to warm yourself up by creating your own variation of spiked cider or hot chocoalte! Food specials & live music will pair perfectly with your winter warmer! 

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 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. Following the lighting, enjoy the traditional stroll to the Franciscan Monastery. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: People's United Bank.

  • Saturday, December 04, 2021 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. Participants are asked to wear masks entering and leaving the venue and to socially distance in family/friend pods on the grounds. No parking on property. Enjoy roasted chestnuts at the entry courtesy of the White Barn Inn. Sponsor: White Barn Inn.

    Sunday, December 05, 2021
  • Sunday, December 05, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 07:30am - 11:00am
    Nonantum Resort

    Join us for a magical morning having breakfast and visiting with Mrs. Claus and the elves! Guests will have the opportunity to deliver their Christmas list to the North Pole, share their Christmas wishes with Mrs. Claus herself, and even receive a commemorative photo to capture the moment. The fun is boundless, the food is delightful, and the memories are sure to last a lifetime!

    Adults $25, Children $10
    Reservations are requested, and can be made via Open Table by visiting our website.

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all indoor public spaces while not seated for their meal.

     

     

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 12:00pm - 04:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Join us for a delicious feast in preparation for Santa's arrival! We will have all of your brunch favorites available to fuel up before heading outside to watch Santa sail the river at 2pm! Outside you will find hot cocoa, warm cider, festive cookies, and lots of good cheer - You can even get a picture in our special North Pole Port! We can't wait to welcome Santa with you! We will encourage distancing and will hold a large portion of this event outdoors.

    $30 Adults $15 Children - Children Free or Complimentary Beverage with Toys for Tots Donation
    Get tickets here!

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 02:00pm
    Mathew Lanigan Bridge

    Join Santa on his annual pilgrimage up the Kennebunk River, traveling up and down the river several times to wave to children. Families can get an inside peek of Santa's journey via Facebook live on the Christmas Prelude Facebook page. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possible. Sponsor: Alisson's Restaurant.

  • Sunday, December 05, 2021 08:30pm - 11:30pm
    The Pilot House

    Come take over the mic as DJ Nate finds your favorite Christmas tune to sing to the crowd! Even better when you can get the crowd to join in! Indoor occupancy will be limited. 

    Monday, December 06, 2021
  • Monday, December 06, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Monday, December 06, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Monday, December 06, 2021 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 3pm.

  • Monday, December 06, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Monday, December 06, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Monday, December 06, 2021 05:00pm - 08:30pm
    Chez Rosa

    3 course holiday tasting menu + French wine pairings.

    $85 per person. Call 207-204-0183
    Reservations by phone only for this event since tickets will be limited.

    Guests will be at their own table with their party. Staff wears facemask at all times. All guests are highly encouraged to wear masks to and from their table. Hospital grade air purifiers in both dining rooms.

    Tuesday, December 07, 2021
  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    We missed industry night so much that we’re going to do it all over again, with DJ Nate and deep discounts for our service industry friends. Open the public; all are welcome!

    FMI: click here

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 3pm.

  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Tuesday, December 07, 2021 02:00pm - 04:00pm
    The Inn at English Meadows

    Enjoy a progressive Christmas Prelude tea hosted by the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. The 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Waldo Emerson inn will take turns offering one of three courses of a proper English tea. Start your tea at any of the inns and enjoy one course and specialty drink at each inn.

    $30 per person, tickets available here

    The 1802 House 15 Locke St, Kennebunkport, ME
    Inn at English Meadows 
    141 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME
    Waldo Emerson inn 
    108 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME

    Wednesday, December 08, 2021
  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Seth and Jimmy will be back for two nights of hysterical holiday fun, proving that two guys, two pianos, and two microphones can do a lot of damage! It’s a high-energy show filled with all the great hits of the decades from Elton to Billy and Sinatra to Bruno. And even a few feather boas. Because - why not?

    FMI: click here

     

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 3pm.

  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Wednesday, December 08, 2021 02:00pm - 04:00pm
    The Inn at English Meadows

    Enjoy a progressive Christmas Prelude tea hosted by the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. The 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Waldo Emerson inn will take turns offering one of three courses of a proper English tea. Start your tea at any of the inns and enjoy one course and specialty drink at each inn.

    $30 per person, tickets available here

    The 1802 House 15 Locke St, Kennebunkport, ME
    Inn at English Meadows 
    141 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME
    Waldo Emerson inn 
    108 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME

    Thursday, December 09, 2021
  • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Seth and Jimmy will be back for two nights of hysterical holiday fun, proving that two guys, two pianos, and two microphones can do a lot of damage! It’s a high-energy show filled with all the great hits of the decades from Elton to Billy and Sinatra to Bruno. And even a few feather boas. Because - why not?

    FMI: click here

     

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 10:00am - 04:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 3pm.

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    Auntie's House Bakery & Gift Shop

    Auntie’s House will be hosting a Sculpt Your Own Chocolate Event! We will provide a 2.5 oz block of sculpting chocolate that you can make into your own design for Christmas. Then we will put it through our chocolate coating machine so you can bring home your own delicious gourmet chocolate confection. Please RSVP info@auntieshousemaine.com 

    $5 each, or $15 for family of 4+

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 02:00pm - 04:00pm
    The Inn at English Meadows

    Enjoy a progressive Christmas Prelude tea hosted by the Historic Inns of Kennebunkport. The 1802 House, Inn at English Meadows and Waldo Emerson inn will take turns offering one of three courses of a proper English tea. Start your tea at any of the inns and enjoy one course and specialty drink at each inn.

    $30 per person, tickets available here

    The 1802 House 15 Locke St, Kennebunkport, ME
    Inn at English Meadows 
    141 Port Rd, Kennebunk, ME
    Waldo Emerson inn 
    108 Summer St, Kennebunk, ME

  • Thursday, December 09, 2021 03:00pm - 05:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Holiday Happy Hour with carols, specialty cocktails, and festive bites. We will encourage distancing by spreading the event out throughout our inn. We will also have out igloos open with fire pits and heaters out for those who want to enjoy a beverage outside!

    Friday, December 10, 2021
  • Friday, December 10, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    More fun inside, outside, and under the tent, food and drink specials, and performances by The Dapper Gents, Fog Ave, Bread & Circus, and Rob Bellamy + Mike Pierce. We’ll close out Prelude 2021 on Saturday night with a special performance by Portland superband Radio Revival!

    FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 10, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Come meet the artist behind Seaside Gallery and Gifts and the creators of the popular Kennebunkport-Lower Village map. Free 12x16 colorful signed map prints raffled off throughout the day! Masks are required.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 10:00am - 08:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 7pm.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 03:30pm - 06:30pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A tradition returns! Fire and Ice is back for the 2021 season, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This event will be a re-imagined experience featuring the best elements of years prior in a conscious, safe, and downright fun-filled way. Award-winning food, creative craft cocktails, stunning ice sculptures, and a fire to turn up the heat! Whether you've joined us in the past, or this is your first time experiencing the occasion, we invite you to take a moment to indulge, let your hair down, and be merry.

    $100 per person, Adults only, 21+. ID’s Required.
    Tickets are required, and can be purchased via Eventbrite by visiting our website

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all public spaces while not eating or drinking.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 04:00pm - 05:30pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Join Sandra Duckett, Owner of Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks and Hana Pevny, Owner and Chef of the Waldo Emerson Inn for a tasty coffee and cookie pairing. Hana will demonstrate how to create the perfect cookie tray while Sandra will pair each cookie with the perfect coffee blend.

    $10 per person - Get tickets here

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 04:00pm - 08:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Join us for a holiday soiree and enjoy festive canapes and jolly cocktails and mocktails. We will send you off with cocktail recipe cards, and you'll have the chance to snap a picture in our frosty winter wonderland photo booth! If you feel like giving back, we will have special ornaments for purchase - you'll write your wish on it and tie to our magical wishing tree right in the middle of our Christmas forest. We will donate all proceeds to the local food shelf. We will encourage distancing - this event will be spread out on our property with opportunities indoors and outdoors.

    $40 - Includes all food and two beverages.
    Get tickets here!

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 04:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us at the Pilot House to warm yourself up by creating your own variation of spiked cider or hot chocoalte! Food specials & live music will pair perfectly with your winter warmer! 

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 05:00pm - 05:45pm
    Village Baptist Church

    Come and enjoy this free concert by the musicians of Church on the Cape at Village Baptist Church, full of inspiring Christmas music by Choir; Song Sisters Trio and Quartet; Wendy Hagarty, trumpet; Ted Hagarty, clarinet; Megan and Antonia Grassi, violins; Nancy Chamberlin, piano; and director Janice Stover on piano and organ.

    No tickets needed.
    Based on current CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masks will be available if needed.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 05:00pm - 08:00pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Specialty French crepes on the patio by Crepe Elizabeth Food Truck. Your crepe will be made to suit your personal request in front of you and served hot off the pan. Special seasonal ingredients will be available. Masks, hand sanitizer, space for social distancing & supporting signage. FMI: click here

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 06:00pm - 08:00pm
    Dock Square

    Along Western Avenue stretching from Beach Avenue in Kennebunk to Spring Street in Kennebunkport. Join us for a block-long family-friendly celebration featuring live music, street performers, fire baton performances and more! There will be delicious snacks available from local vendors, appearances by special characters and frequent lightings of the Dock Square Tree, counting down from 5. Keep an eye on the skies as there will be surprise fireworks during this event. Also see our Prelude 40 Trees Trail light up at 6:30 p.m. Per Maine Law, carrying open containers of alcohol and drinking alcoholic beverages in public are prohibited. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possiblePremiere Sponsor: Kennebunk Savings.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 06:30pm
    Mornings In Paris

    Grab a map at Mornings In Paris or the Chamber kiosk at 1 Chase Hill Road, Kennebunk, and visit the 40 trees decorated by local businesses in celebration of Prelude's 40th anniversary. The trees will be lit at once at 6:30 p.m. on Dec. 3 and 10 for a special visual treat! The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: Mornings In Paris.

  • Friday, December 10, 2021 07:30pm - 10:30pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A tradition returns! Fire and Ice is back for the 2021 season, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This event will be a re-imagined experience featuring the best elements of years prior in a conscious, safe, and downright fun-filled way. Award-winning food, creative craft cocktails, stunning ice sculptures, and a fire to turn up the heat! Whether you've joined us in the past, or this is your first time experiencing the occasion, we invite you to take a moment to indulge, let your hair down, and be merry.

    $100 per person, Adults only, 21+. ID’s Required.
    Tickets are required, and can be purchased via Eventbrite by visiting our website

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all public spaces while not eating or drinking.

     

    Saturday, December 11, 2021
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    More fun inside, outside, and under the tent, food and drink specials, and performances by The Dapper Gents, Fog Ave, Bread & Circus, and Rob Bellamy + Mike Pierce. We’ll close out Prelude 2021 on Saturday night with a special performance by Portland superband Radio Revival!

    FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:00am - 08:00pm
    White Columns

    White Columns is the 1853 Greek Revival home of the Perkins family. The house tour talks 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.  

    Admission info and FMI: click here

    Tours leave on the hour. Last tour at 7pm.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 10:30am - 12:30pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A Prelude favorite! Make your very own gingerbread house and have a jolly good time. All materials are provided as a personal kit, keeping this event fun and safe. Enjoy this creative activity with a heaping dose of sugary goodness, and let us take care of the mess!

    Tickets are $5 per person to benefit our non-profit partner.
    Reservations required and can be made via Open Table by visiting our website.
    Sponsored by the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundel Chamber of Commerce. 

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We 
    recommend that attendees wear masks in all indoor public spaces.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00pm - 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 11, 2021 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    White Columns

    Historic artisan crafts outside. Join local art educator, Ann Thompson, for hands-on historic crafts for children. FMI: click here

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 01:00pm - 06:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Pop-up food to-go table, selling boxes of charcuterie in a box for 2 and 4 people. Set up outside of Maine & Vine.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 02:00pm - 05:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Wine tasting. $5 gets you a taste of 6 different types of wine and a souvenir Prelude tasting glass. No pre-purchase needed.

    Tasting stations will be spread throughout the store (one outside if possible) with limited people allowed in at one time and masks required when you are not tasting.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 02:30pm - 03:15pm
    Church On the Cape

    Come and enjoy this free concert by the musicians of Church on the Cape full of inspiring Christmas music by Choir; Song Sisters Trio and Quartet; Wendy Hagarty, trumpet; Ted Hagarty, clarinet; Megan and Antonia Grassi, violins; Nancy Chamberlin, piano; and director Janice Stover on piano and organ.

    No tickets needed.
    Based on current CDC guidelines, masks are recommended for both vaccinated and unvaccinated. Masks will be available if needed.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 03:30pm - 06:30pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A tradition returns! Fire and Ice is back for the 2021 season, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This event will be a re-imagined experience featuring the best elements of years prior in a conscious, safe, and downright fun-filled way. Award-winning food, creative craft cocktails, stunning ice sculptures, and a fire to turn up the heat! Whether you've joined us in the past, or this is your first time experiencing the occasion, we invite you to take a moment to indulge, let your hair down, and be merry.

    $100 per person, Adults only, 21+. ID’s Required.
    Tickets are required, and can be purchased via Eventbrite by visiting our website

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all public spaces while not eating or drinking.

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 04:00pm - 10:00pm
    The Pilot House

    Join us at the Pilot House to warm yourself up by creating your own variation of spiked cider or hot chocoalte! Food specials & live music will pair perfectly with your winter warmer! 

  • Saturday, December 11, 2021 07:30pm - 10:30pm
    Nonantum Resort

    A tradition returns! Fire and Ice is back for the 2021 season, and we couldn't be more thrilled. This event will be a re-imagined experience featuring the best elements of years prior in a conscious, safe, and downright fun-filled way. Award-winning food, creative craft cocktails, stunning ice sculptures, and a fire to turn up the heat! Whether you've joined us in the past, or this is your first time experiencing the occasion, we invite you to take a moment to indulge, let your hair down, and be merry.

    $100 per person, Adults only, 21+. ID’s Required.
    Tickets are required, and can be purchased via Eventbrite by visiting our website

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all public spaces while not eating or drinking.

     

    Sunday, December 12, 2021
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    ** Maine Lobster Buoy Decorating Kits ** FMI: click here

    Get creative and have some holiday fun decorating your very own authentic Maine Lobster Buoy! Each take- home kit includes an authentic lobster buoy, rope, sharpies, and decorating ideas. $25/buoy

    Proceeds to benefit River Tree Arts Non-Profit Community Arts Center.
    Materials pickup curbside at River Tree Arts, Lower Village, 35 Western Ave, Kennebunk, Maine. Curbside pickup dates TBD. Pick up will be in early December at River Tree Arts.

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021
    River Tree Arts

    VIRTUAL EVENT - Get creative and colorful this season with the River Tree Arts Christmas Prelude Coloring Postcard. This sheet was created by local artist Piper Castles, and it is just magical. All participants will be entered into our holiday raffle.

    ALL AGES are welcome to participate in this fun and creative opportunity. Just color the Prelude Coloring Postcard and follow the instructions below.

    To enter the RAFFLE:

    1. SNAP a pie of your finished coloring sheet
    2. POST or EMAIL

    POST the pic to Facebook or lnstagram and TAG #rivertreearts

    --or--

    EMAIL the pie to cathryn@rivertreearts.org 

    1 Children's Winner & 1 Adult Winner (prizes to be determined) Winners will be drawn on Sunday, December 12

    FMI: click here

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 07:30am - 11:00am
    Nonantum Resort

    Join us for a magical morning having breakfast and visiting with Santa and Mrs. Claus! Guests will have the opportunity to share their Christmas wishes with the big man himself and even receive a commemorative photo to capture the moment. The fun is boundless, the food is delightful, and the memories are sure to last a lifetime!

    $30 per adult, $10 per child

    Reservations are required and can be made via Open Table by visiting our website.

    The Nonantum Resort is committed to keeping our community safe by going above and beyond mandated guidelines. Our staff will be masked, spacing and sanitation protocols will be followed, and hospital grade air filtration is in place throughout the property. We recommend that attendees wear masks in all indoor public spaces while not seated for their meal.

     

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.
  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 10:00am - 06:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    All aboard! Ride in heated trolleys decked out in live holiday greens on our private heritage railroad, shop in the Museum store, and enjoy delicious hot chocolate! Our trolley rides are roughly 25 minutes and journey through our beautiful, wooded campus. 

    Santa will be on campus and available for socially-distanced photos during the following:
    Sunday, December 5th  3pm-6pm
    Saturday, December 11th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm
    Sunday, December 12th  10am-12pm & 1pm-6pm

    $10 for ages 3 and up; free for children age 2 and under (sitting on laps).
    Please purchase tickets in advance. The start time on your ticket is the time your trolley ride will depart.

    Due to COVID-19, we are only selling a limited amount of tickets for each departure time and families will be socially-distanced on the ride.
    Mask Policy: Per a federal TSA mandate for passenger railroads, masks must be worn while on our trolleys by everyone 5 years old and older.

    This event benefits these non-profits: Seashore Trolley Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Kennebunkport Parks & Rec, The Kennebunkport Conservation Trust, and Arundel Conservation Trust.

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 11:00am
    Dock Square

    Bring your pooch wearing their favorite holiday attire! The parade starts at Consolidated School (School Street, Kennebunkport), down Maine Street, through Dock Square, and onto Ocean Avenue. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: Seaside Inn.

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 02:00pm
    Cape Porpoise Square

    See Santa and his lobster elves as they arrive by fire truck in Cape Porpoise Square. The wearing of masks is recommended indoors and when social distancing is not possibleSponsor: JAK Designs.

  • Sunday, December 12, 2021 08:30pm - 11:30pm
    The Pilot House

    Come take over the mic as DJ Nate finds your favorite Christmas tune to sing to the crowd! Even better when you can get the crowd to join in! Indoor occupancy will be limited. 

    Monday, December 13, 2021
  • Monday, December 13, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill

    Studios on Maine Art Hill will be transformed into a Bavarian Christmas Market featuring works by local Fine Artists and Craftspeople as well as warm beverages, twinkling lights, music, and merriment. Social distancing, indoor/outdoor space, and masks are required.

  • Monday, December 13, 2021 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Maine Art Hill
    Give the gift of local art! Paintings by over 30 Maine Artists in the perfect size for gift giving. Masks, social distancing, and frequent sanitation required.


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

 

 

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Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude Awards

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

 

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