Full Schedule

December 5th - 15th, 2019

Full Schedule

    Thursday, December 05, 2019
  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Federal Jack's Brew Pub

    Come kick off Christmas Prelude™ with live music, a light complimentary buffet, and of course, Shipyard Prelude Ale!

  • 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 04:00pm - 08:00pm
    Happynest

    A night of celebrating friendships of all kinds...
    Join us for an interactive discussion with our friends from Healing Harbors, makers of CBD infused personal care & pet products, all made in Maine. Discover the myths and facts about CBD, try products, and ask questions.

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 05:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Burleigh at the Kennebunkport Inn

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

    Cost: $20pp ++
    Tickets available through EventBrite

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    Masonic Lodge

    Join us for our opening show reception offering a wide selection of original fine art pieces and unique handmade holiday crafts. We will have live music, as well as many of the artists in attendance. 

  • Thursday, December 05, 2019 06:00pm - 07:30pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Rocking around the Christmas tree with 10 fabulous recipes - soup to nuts! Bring your appetite and sense of humor. Limited seating.

    $30 per person. To reserve your spot, call 207-967-8304.
    FMI: Sugar Bun Sisters

  • 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 06:00pm - 09:00pm
    Ocean Restaurant at the Cape Arundel Inn

    Enjoy a 4 course dinner with wines to pair.

    Cost: $65pp ++
    Tickets available through EventBrite

  • 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 06:30pm - 09:30pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Two guys, two pianos and two microphones can do a lot of damage! Seth Holbrook and Jim Ciampi will have you singing and laughing all night long. It’s a high energy show filled with all the great hits of the decades from Elton to Billy and Sinatra to Bruno.

    No tickets necessary, 21+. 

     

  • 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

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Kennebunkport Inn

    Enjoy chestnuts roasted on an open fire from 4-6 p.m., and live music with Billy Billy from 6-9 p.m.
    Food and drinks served all day, beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • 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 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 03:00pm - 06:00pm
    Snug Harbor Farm

    Join us for a 3 p.m. cooking demonstration with "Soup Swap" author Kathy Gunst, followed by our annual Snug Feast with family & friends from 4-6 p.m.
    Snug Harbor staff prepares their favorite dishes from favorite cookbooks found for sale in the shop.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 04:00pm - 05:00pm
    Fine Print Booksellers

    Featuring author/photographer Bob Dennis "Reflections". Books: the gift that keeps on giving. 10% discount on authors' books.

  • Friday, December 06, 2019 04:00pm - 07:30pm
    Village Green

    You are invited to come for a free magical moment of contemplation amidst the hustle, celebration and anticipation of Christmas and Hanukkah. Walk the labyrinth of light to the center and out again. Be inspired, feel grounded or just enjoy the magical beauty of the lights. All visitors will be offered hot mulled cider and cookies!

    You'll have an opportunity to donate a stone in honor of a loved one for the permanent community labyrinth at Emmons Preserve at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Cost is $35 per stone. FMI: http://www.kporttrust.org/labyrinth

  • 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 04:30pm - 06:30pm
    Wildwood Fire Station

    Homemade fish chowder with all the "fixins," American chop suey, and biscuits. Presented by Wildwood Ladies Auxiliary.

  • 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 under the stars. Signature cocktails and appetizers warm you back up at the Visitors Center.

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

    To reserve call 207-967-2800 ext 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 - 12:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Author and illustrator Danie Connolly will be bringing her new holiday storybooks to town!

  • 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 Seashore Trolley Museum

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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
    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 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a 24x36 signed wrapped canvas of the debut of our very own artist illustrated map of your favorite Maine village, Kennebunkport. Only sold at Seaside Gallery and Gifts. Live Christmas music with musical trio, The Greatest Gift.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Kennebunkport Inn

    Enjoy live music with Beau Dalleo from 12-6 p.m., and DJ Jon from 7-10 p.m.
    Food and drinks served all day, beginning at 11 a.m.

  • 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 - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Make memories with your loved ones with a ride on the Golden Chariot, singing carols. At the end of the ride warm up with hot chocolate and s'mores!

    $15 per person, children 2 and under free.
    For tickets, visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 12:00pm - 02:00pm
    Fine Print Booksellers

    Featuring author Bruce Robert Coffin and the Detective Byron Series. Books: the gift that keeps on giving. 10% discount on authors' books.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 12:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Stop by at the Boathouse and enjoy food and beverage offerings including, chili, chowder, hot chocolate, and more!

  • 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 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

    A holiday meet & greet with several of Maine Art Hill's well-known artists. Join us for some delicious hot cocoa and bites. Come see a collection of small works by each artist that is perfect for holiday gift giving!

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Learn how to craft a few classic cookies with a few holiday inspired party style cocktails for a crowd!

    $35 per person, 21+ only.
    To reserve your spot call 207-967-3118

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Snug Harbor Farm

    Join us for our annual Wreath Making Workshop. Play with the amazing wreath making machine or wire yours on a ring by hand. Additional dressing and ribbon can be purchased a la carte.

    Cost: $45 per person
    Sign up at our website www.snugharborfarm.com/calendar

     

  • Saturday, December 07, 2019 01:00pm - 05:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Join us at Maine & Vine for a holiday wine tasting. Cost includes a commemorative Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude™ tasting glass to take home!

    $5 per person. Drop in.

  • 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 02:30pm - 05:00pm
    Bradbury Brothers Market

    Featuring Santa Margherita sparkling wines, robust reds, and our newly expanded wine room. We hope you can join us!

  • 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 04:00pm - 05:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Make memories with your loved ones with a ride on the Golden Chariot, singing carols. At the end of the ride warm up with hot chocolate and s'mores!

    $15 per person, children 2 and under free.
    For tickets, visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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. Stop by to vote on your favorite painting. Voting is open until December 13th. Over a dozen of our artists will submit works to be judged by you and them. 

  • 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 07:00pm
    South Congregational Church

    We hope you will join the singers of Seaglass Chorale as we express through music our heartfelt desire for Peace on Earth this holiday season. We have a delightful array of music in store, ranging from gospel spirituals to Mozart's Magnificat in C Major.

    Tickets at the door are $15 for adults and $12 for seniors and for students ages 12 to 18. Tickets purchased in advance are $12 for everyone ages 12 and up. Children under 12 will be admitted free of charge.
    Tickets available online CLICK HERE, at Morse Hardware in Wells, and at the door (cash only at the door).

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    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.

    Christmas Carols with Women of Note from 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.
    Visit with Santa Claus 3 p.m. - 5 p.m.

    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 Seashore Trolley Museum

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Make memories with your loved ones with a ride on the Golden Chariot, singing carols. At the end of the ride warm up with hot chocolate and s'mores!

    $15 per person, children 2 and under free.
    For tickets, visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 12:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Stop by at the Boathouse and enjoy food and beverage offerings including, chili, chowder, hot chocolate, and more!

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

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

    Welcome Santa & Mrs. Claus at the Boathouse! We'll have s'mores, hot chocolate, and coffee available for purchase. Bring a new unopened gift for our Toys for Tots toy drive.

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    The Grand Hotel

    Learn the art of truffle making with the team from Earth at Hidden Pond as you sip on bubbles at The Grand Hotel.

    Cost: $25pp ++
    Tickets available through EventBrite

  • Sunday, December 08, 2019 04:00pm - 05:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Make memories with your loved ones with a ride on the Golden Chariot, singing carols. At the end of the ride warm up with hot chocolate and s'mores!

    $15 per person, children 2 and under free.
    For tickets, visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket of some of your favorite designs by Lisart and Fish House Designs. Come by all week to view the basket and to enter! A $200 value! This basket will include some original work by both artists.

  • Monday, December 09, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 02:00pm - 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. THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT.

  • 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
  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00am - 02:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Get in the holiday spirit at Seashore Trolley Museum! Come for story time, a holiday craft, and a trolley ride in a heated trolley decked out with holiday greenery. Enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies and delicious hot chocolate.

    $7 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Tickets: At the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket of some of your favorite designs by Lisart and Fish House Designs. Come by all week to view the basket and to enter! A $200 value! This basket will include some original work by both artists.

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 04:00pm - 07:00pm
    Daytrip Society

    Join us in celebrating a new line of exclusive Sara Fitz Sea Bags! Meet the artist behind the much adored coastal watercolor prints, plus take 10% off all Sara Fitz products in store while enjoying free drinks, goodies, and a complimentary pin for those joining the fun!

    Local cookies made custom to match your favorite Sara Fitz designs provided by Coastal Confectioners. 

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

    Join local a cappella singing 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

  • Tuesday, December 10, 2019 05:30pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Join neighbors and friends in celebrating the spirit of the holiday and our local community. Featuring cocktails & light bites, a three-course communal supper, live music, and incredible raffle items. Proceeds benefit the Kennebunkport Heritage Housing Trust. Happy Hour from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. and dinner served at 6:30 p.m. Ticket includes lite bites, dinner, signature drink and live music.

    Cost: $49 per person
    To purchase Tickets: https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/4439014

     

    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 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket of some of your favorite designs by Lisart and Fish House Designs. Come by all week to view the basket and to enter! A $200 value! This basket will include some original work by both artists.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 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 - 05:00pm
    The Grand Hotel

    Learn the art of truffle making with the team from Earth at Hidden Pond as you sip on bubbles at The Grand Hotel.

    Cost: $25pp ++
    Tickets available through EventBrite

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 04:00pm - 05:00pm
    Village Paperie

    Village Paperie with the assistance of Crane and Company will present two thank you note seminars. The one hour session lead by etiquette specialist Jean Betses formerly of the stationery company William Arthur (now part of Crane), will teach an easy method to make thank you note writing less daunting and more fun. Each participant will receive a box of Crane and Company stationery to use to write thank you notes. This event is geared for those 16 and older.

    Please call 207-967-0262 to register. Seating is limited.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 04:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Enjoy a short story and sing along when you arrive at the Visitors Center. Board the heated trolley with a jingle bell and hot chocolate to sip on the after-dark ride. When you get on the trolley, surprise! Santa's riding with you! All children get a goodie bag to take home. Pajamas are encouraged.

    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. 111 or online: CLICK HERE
    $25 per person, children 2 and under free.

  • Wednesday, December 11, 2019 04:00pm
    Church On the Cape

    Join the Church On the Cape choir for a concert at the church, followed by caroling through Cape Porpoise with stops at Bradbury's Market, Cape Porpoise Kitchen, Farm + Table, Musette, and the Wright Gallery. Cocoa, coffee, and cookies will be served at the conclusion at Musette in Cape Porpoise Square. 

  • 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 05:00pm - 09:00pm
    Dannah

    This night is designed for the men to make your holiday shopping fun and stress free. We will provide the inspiration and the Christmas cheer. All you have to do is show up!

  • 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 06:00pm - 09:00pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    We're bringing a traditional UK pub game to Kennebunk, to benefit Foundation4Love!

    Santa has an opening for Head Reindeer, and he's organized a contest for several reindeer to show off their speed, endurance, and leadership skills as they attempt to lead their team to victory. In Reindeer Races, you'll control a team of reindeer, racing toward the finish line. Place your bet, move ahead, and be on the lookout for opportunities to use action spaces on the path or even other reindeer to your advantage.

    After each race, half of the proceeds go to the winners, and the other half to charity. Then we do it all over again. It's a win, win!

    The inimitable Jo O'Connor will emcee, and the Dock Squares will provide holiday entertainment.

    21+ only, no tickets necessary!

     

  • 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
  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00am - 02:00pm
    Seashore Trolley Museum

    Get in the holiday spirit at Seashore Trolley Museum! Come for story time, a holiday craft, and a trolley ride in a heated trolley decked out with holiday greenery. Enjoy warm chocolate chip cookies and delicious hot chocolate.

    $7 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Tickets: At the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket of some of your favorite designs by Lisart and Fish House Designs. Come by all week to view the basket and to enter! A $200 value! This basket will include some original work by both artists.

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    Village Paperie

    Village Paperie with the assistance of Crane and Company will present two thank you note seminars. The one hour session lead by etiquette specialist Jean Betses formerly of the stationery company William Arthur (now part of Crane), will teach an easy method to make thank you note writing less daunting and more fun. Each participant will receive a box of Crane and Company stationery to use to write thank you notes. This event is geared for those 16 and older.

    Please call 207-967-0262 to register. Seating is limited.

  • 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 04:00pm - 10:00pm
    Alisson's Restaurant

    A can't-miss annual event for craft beer fans! No cover. No tickets.

    *FINAL LIST*
    Maine Beer Company Dinner
    Bissell Brothers Swish
    Goodfire 1999
    Hoof Hearted Then It's Not An Italian!
    Burley Oak Double Coquito J.R.E.A.M.
    Cantillon Kriek 100% Lambic Bio
    Jester King 2018 SPON 3 Year Blend
    Cascade 2017 Bourbonic Plague
    Mast Landing Imperial Gunner's Daughter
    Barreled Souls Stay Puft
    Oxbow 2017 Noel
    Bissell Brothers/Northern Monk We, the North (Nitro)

    Other Taps:
    Schilling Alexandr 10
    Earth Eagle Gold Digger
    Fore River Timberhitch
    Maine Beer Company Lunch
    Orono Brewing Tubular

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

  • 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
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Learn how to pair wines with holiday entrees, how to select dessert wines and what the perfect champagne is for holiday celebrations. Includes 4 tasting pours.

    Cost: $20pp ++
    Tickets available through EventBrite

  • 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

  • Thursday, December 12, 2019 06:30pm - 09:30pm
    Old Vines Wine Bar

    Two guys, two pianos and two microphones can do a lot of damage! Seth Holbrook and Jim Ciampi will have you singing and laughing all night long. It’s a high energy show filled with all the great hits of the decades from Elton to Billy and Sinatra to Bruno.

    No tickets necessary, 21+. 

     

    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

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Enter our free raffle for a chance to win a fabulous gift basket of some of your favorite designs by Lisart and Fish House Designs. Come by all week to view the basket and to enter! A $200 value! This basket will include some original work by both artists.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Kennebunkport Inn

    Enjoy live music with Billy Billy from 6-9 p.m.
    Food and drinks served all day, beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 12:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Stop by at the Boathouse and enjoy food and beverage offerings including, chili, chowder, hot chocolate, and more!

  • 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 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 04:00pm - 07:30pm
    Village Green

    You are invited to come for a free magical moment of contemplation amidst the hustle, celebration and anticipation of Christmas and Hanukkah. Walk the labyrinth of light to the center and out again. Be inspired, feel grounded or just enjoy the magical beauty of the lights. All visitors will be offered hot mulled cider and cookies!

    You'll have an opportunity to donate a stone in honor of a loved one for the permanent community labyrinth at Emmons Preserve at Kennebunkport Conservation Trust. Cost is $35 per stone. FMI: http://www.kporttrust.org/labyrinth

  • 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 under the stars. Signature cocktails and appetizers warm you back up at the Visitors Center.

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

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

  • Friday, December 13, 2019 05:00pm - 07:00pm
    Chamber of Commerce Kiosk

    Passports now available at participating galleries and the Chamber of Commerce Kiosk, 1 Chase Hill Road (in front of The Grand). Get your "Prelude Passport" stamped at 5 of the 8 participating Art Trail of the Kennebunks galleries for your chance to win prizes of art! Take this self-guided tour during the monthly Art Trail of the Kenebunks from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13, or on your own time between Dec. 5-15. Passports must be returned by 5 p.m. Dec. 14 to be entered into a drawing for prizes.

    FMI: 207-967-0857 or www.gokennebunks.com

     

  • 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 - 11:00am
    Consolidated School

    Enjoy your morning coffee with famous Congdon's donuts!

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

    Enjoy ongoing entertainment, festivities, refreshments, and family fun! Look for "Part of the Plethora" P.O.P. activities throughout the day. All events sponsored by KBA members Federal Jack's Restaurant & Brew Pub, Cape Porpoise Lobster, and Bradbury's Market.

  • 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 09:30am - 04:00pm
    Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library

    Book sale at Graves Library, filled with presents, craft books, cookbooks, fiction, and non-fiction! Cider and donuts available. All proceeds benefit the Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library.

  • 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 $5 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 Ever After Mustang Rescue.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 02:00pm
    Consolidated School

    A unique old fashioned picture booth complete with an array of hats and boas to make your photos more interesting.

  • 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
    The Seashore Trolley Museum

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    Seaside Gallery & Gifts

    Meet and chat with artists at Seaside Gallery & Gifts. See and learn about their process in creating their illustrated map of Kennebunkport. Enter for a chance to win a 24x36 signed canvas of the map. Raffle includes a surprise gift from each artist. Snacks and warm beverages served.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:00am - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 10:30am - 02:30pm
    K'port Fire Station

    Serving 5 Alarm Chili, presented by the Kennebunkport Fire Department and Fire Companies. Display of active and retired fire equipment. Public restrooms.

    Donations accepted. No tickets or reservations required.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00am - 02:00pm
    Consolidated School

    Need to relax for a bit? Let our professional get some of the kinks out for a more pleasant afternoon.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00am - 02:00pm
    Consolidated School

    Our pony will take the youngsters on a short trip around Consolidated School.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00am - 03:00pm
    Consolidated School

    Join "Coastal Carol" Steingart of Coast Encounters and go tide-pooling. You'll roll up your sleeves and learn about the diverse ecosystem complete with sea critters. A great experience for kids of all ages! 

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 11:00am - 10:00pm
    Kennebunkport Inn

    Enjoy live music with Beau Dalleo from 12-6 p.m.
    Food and drinks served all day, beginning at 11 a.m.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 12:00pm - 06:00pm
    The Boathouse Waterfront Hotel

    Stop by at the Boathouse and enjoy food and beverage offerings including, chili, chowder, hot chocolate, and more!

  • 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 01:00pm - 02:00pm
    Louis T. Graves Memorial Public Library

    The Village Ringers (under the direction of Jan Filgate) will perform winter songs and holiday favorites. Three and a half octave bells and hand chimes create a beautiful tapestry of sound and seasonal favorites.

    FMI: Call 207-967-2778

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Fine Print Booksellers

    Featuring author Elizabeth Lydia Bodner "Uncompromising". Books: the gift that keeps on giving. 10% discount on authors' books.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    The Gallery on Maine Art Hill

    A holiday meet & greet with several of Maine Art Hill's well-known artists. Join us for some delicious hot cocoa and bites. Come see a collection of small works by each artist that is perfect for holiday gift giving!

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Stripers Waterside Restaurant

    Learn how to craft a few classic cookies with a few holiday inspired party style cocktails for a crowd!

    $35 per person, 21+ only.
    To reserve your spot call 207-967-3118

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 01:00pm - 05:00pm
    Maine & Vine

    Join us at Maine & Vine for a holiday wine tasting. Cost includes a commemorative Kennebunkport's Christmas Prelude™ tasting glass to take home!

    $5 per person. Drop in.

  • Saturday, December 14, 2019 02:00pm - 05:00pm
    Kennebunkport Conservation Trust

    Join us for this open house style gathering at the Kennebunkport Conservation Trust to learn more about our newest project: The Meadow Woods Preserve.

    Enjoy refreshments while chatting about what our project entails, how it will service our community, and how we plan to make it happen! We're well on our way with this project, but we can't make our vision a reality without your help.

    The night's ales have been generously donated by Batson River Brewing and Distilling.

    Consisting of over 300 acres of land, this project is situated between Mills Road and Oak Ridge Road on the Kennebunkport & Biddeford town border. The vast majority of the Preserve will remain in its natural state, but the part of the Preserve that was once used for excavation work will be re-purposed and restored. Meadow Woods Preserve will contain a multi-acre, off-leash dog enclosure, network of inclusive trails, restored pond, native pollinator meadow, and welcome center.

     

  • 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 when you arrive at the Visitors Center. Board the heated trolley with a jingle bell and hot chocolate to sip on the after-dark ride. When you get on the trolley, surprise! Santa's riding with you! All children get a goodie bag to take home. Pajamas are encouraged.

    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. 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 - 05:00pm
    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.

    Visit with Santa Claus 3 p.m. - 5p.m.

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

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

    Take a ride in a heated, decorated trolley car down a private heritage railroad. Enjoy hot chocolate, delicious chocolate chip cookies, and shopping in the museum store.

    $10 per person, children 2 and under free.
    Purchase tickets at the door, or visit www.trolleymuseum.org/events

     

  • 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 - 05:00pm
    Pop-Up on Maine Art Hill

    Local Maine artist and designer Emily Drummond brings her original paintings to Maine Art Hill for her debut solo show in the Pop-Up Gallery. You may remember Emily from her feature Tourist and Town cover in July.

  • 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 12:00pm - 01:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    Come experience coffee being roasted in an antique German coffee roaster.

  • Sunday, December 15, 2019 01:00pm - 03:00pm
    Coffee Roasters of the Kennebunks

    See how close you can get to putting Rudolph's nose back on! Prizes for all who try.

  • 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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