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December 5th - 15th, 2019

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A New England Holiday Tradition: Kennebunkport’s 38th Annual
Christmas Prelude Begins December 5th

Save on “Midweek Magic” Accommodation Packages,
Watch Santa Arrive via Lobster Boat and More

KENNEBUNKPORT, ME – It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas in Kennebunkport, with the 38th annual Christmas Prelude (December 5 – 15) transforming the town into a winter wonderland of holiday-themed events and activities. See www.christmasprelude.com for full schedule details.

There’s even more magic this year, with brand new Midweek Magic stay packages, with rooms as low as $149 for two nights. Local inns, hotels and resorts are offering Midweek Magic discounted packages with add-ons including dining credits for local restaurants and a complimentary bottle of wine upon check-in.

The schedule is chock full of events each and every day, with tree lightings (including a tree made of lobster traps), a pooch parade (with costumes), a festive fireworks display, the annual Fire + Ice party, a brand new Christmas Market and of course Santa’s arrival via lobster boat.

The town’s shops and restaurants will be decorated in twinkling holiday lights, and visitors will have ample opportunity to come in out of the cold after a village stroll and warm up with a cocktail, thanks to this year’s new Christmas Prelude Cocktail Trail.

Christmas Prelude’s Midweek Magic events begin on Monday, Dec. 9, with a tree painting party AND an ugly Christmas sweater party; on Tuesday the 10th, Santa and his reindeer will greet children with cookies and milk and his favorite story. The week continues with the Christmas Market, champagne and chocolate tastings, special meals, caroling, crepes and French hot cocoa, and dozens of family-friendly activities. On Friday night, Dec. 13, the tree lighting in Dock Square will be followed by fireworks. Come find out why HGTV called Christmas Prelude the number two holiday event in America, and Kennebunkport one of the country’s Top 10 Christmas Towns!

Christmas Prelude has been brought to you for 38 magical years by the Kennebunkport Business Association, an all-volunteer group that works to plan the events all year long.

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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