FAQ's

November 30th - December 10th, 2017

  1. Is the area closed to traffic during Tree Lightings?

    Dock Square is closed to traffic from 4:30pm until the end of the tree lighting on Friday night of both Prelude weekends!
  2. How late are the shops open?

    Most Dock Square/Ocean Avenue/Lower Village shops are open until 8pm or later on Prelude weekends.
  3. Where is the best place to watch the Hat Parade?

    The Hat Parade begins on Maine Street, comes down through Dock Square, over the Mathew Lanigan Bridge, and ends at Best of Everything in Lower Village. Any sidewalk along that route is a great viewing/cheering area. The route is closed to traffic during the parade.
  4. How do I join the Hat Parade?

    Free to join and open to all festive hat wearers (handmade or store-bought)! To join - gather in the Municipal Parking Lot behind Alisson's Restaurant no later than 2:45pm.
  5. Where can we see Santa arrive by Lobster Boat?

    Santa arrives at the dock in front of David's KPT Restaurant on Ocean Avenue. Arrive early! He will walk up the dock and through the parking lot, greeting children along the way, before hopping on a horse drawn wagon and riding to the Community House on Temple Street for photo opportunities.
  6. Where is the best place to watch the Pooch Parade?

    The parade travels from Consolidated School (School St.) right onto Maine Street past Graves Memorial Library, left into Dock Square and up Ocean Avenue. Any of the sidewalks in this are are great viewing/cheering spots! There is an "after-pawty" at Scalawags in Dock Square!
  7. How do I join the Pooch Parade?

    The parade begins at Consolidated School in Kennebunkport. It is free to join! Just bring your decorated pooch before 10:45am.
  8. How do I participate in the Craft Fairs?

    All Prelude Craft Fairs are individually run by different non-profit organizations. You will need to contact each organization/venue to inquire about table space. Contact information can be found under the "craft fair" schedule.
  9. How can I participate in Christmas Prelude™?

    Prelude events are exclusive to members of the Kennebunkport Business Association.  If you are interested in volunteering your holiday entertainment, wish to volunteer to help decorate our town, or are a local non-profit organization and would like to find venue space, please contact Prelude Chairperson Sheila Matthews-Bull: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  10. Where is the best place to watch the Fireworks?

    The fireworks are best viewed from the Mathew Lanigan Bridge in Dock Square, the South Congregational Green in Dock Square, or any area near the bridge in Lower Village.
  11. Are events free?

    Most events are free! If there is a charge it will be listed on the schedule.
  12. Do events ever get cancelled in bad weather?

    Rarely. Unless it is a major blizzard or safety issue, all events will run as scheduled. Should an event be postponed or cancelled, we will post on our facebook page!
  13. Where can we park?

    Please visit our parking page.
  14. What winter activities and parks are in the area?

    Kennebunkport offers many areas for hiking, biking, running, dog walking, snowshoeing, ice skating, cross country skiing, children's parks, beaches, museums, historical tours, bird watching, a day at the spa, and so much more!

    Kennebunkport Conservation Trust - hiking, biking, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, bird/wildlife watching
    Kennebunkport Historical Society
    Seashore Trolley Museum
    Louis T. Graves Memorial Library
    Kennebunkport Parks/Playgrounds
    Lower Village Park - 159 Port Rd., Kennebunk - basketball court, baseball field, playground, open fields
    The Park at Crow Hill, Kennebunkport - ice skating
    Kennebunk Dog Park
    Goat Island Lighthouse
    Rockin Horse Stables - wagon & sleigh rides
    Cottage Breeze Day Spa
    Cape Porpoise Pier - Pier Rd., Kennebunkport - scenic viewing with 120 moorings, most used by commercial fishermen
    Kennebunk Beach - Beach Avenue, Kennebunk
    Goose Rocks Beach - Kings Highway, Kennebunkport
    Colony Beach - Across from the Colony Hotel, Ocean Avenue, Kennebunkport

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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